West Indian captain and opening batsman Chris Gayle has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following a stunning innings that handed his side a seven-wicket win over Australia at The Oval.
Gayle thumped 88 in 50 balls to get his side off the mark in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, with six massive sixes, most coming off the fast bowling of Brett Lee.
One hit ended up in a road outside the ground and another was only stopped by the roof of a stand with many seasoned onlookers saying that they had never seen a six hit as far at the London ground.
His thunderous innings allowed the West Indies to reach their target of 170 in just 15.5 overs and put themselves in with a strong chance of qualifying for the Super 8s.
Other contenders for the weekly award included South Africans Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers and the entire Dutch team after their upset win over England on the opening night.
The Player Of The Week award is decided by the Cricket World® Editorial Team following a review of the week's matches.
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