Zimbabwean batsmen Charles Coventry has been chosen as this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week after his record breaking feats against Bangladesh.
In the fourth ODI between the two sides, Coventry hit an unbeaten 194 to record a national record for an individual innings and also equals the all time highest score in One Day Internationals that Saeed Anwar set in 1997. The previous best for Zimbabwe was an impressive 172 by Craig Wishart against a not so impressive Namibia side back in 2003, but Coventry’s innings surpassed that mark easily, and if it weren’t for a flurry of wickets late on in the innings, he probably would have recorded the first double century in ODI history.
The mammoth innings was in vain however, as Tamim Iqbal struck a big century to guide Bangladesh to the win and in the process they claimed the series win, taking an unassailable 3-1 lead into the final match.
The 26 year old Coventry had never previously scored a one day international century having played in 14 other matches. Before his record breaking knock, he had averaged just 23.15 with two half centuries to his name, but now after his maiden ton, he has bumped that up to an impressive 38.07.
Charles Coventry was the clear choice for the award this week as only Tamim Iqbal’s 154 to beat Zimbabwe in the same match came close to taking the honours away from Coventry.
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