Monday 12 May 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir enjoyed a fine week with the bat, leading Kolkata's revival
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Three consecutive half-centuries for Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir have earned him the Cricket World Player Of The Week award.

It was an action-packed week which included plenty of drama in the Indian Premier League and the return of international cricket with Ireland hosting Sri Lanka and England heading to Scotland.

Gambhir suffered a terrible start to the IPL in the United Arab Emirates, failing to get off the mark in his first three innings.

As his own form suffered, the team also struggled but since the return to India, things have improved dramatically, culminating in a fine week for the former Indian international.

He began his week by scoring 54 in 34 balls as he and Robin Uthappa looked set to lead their side to victory over the Rajasthan Royals, only for his dismissal to precipitate a collapse, resulting in a 10-run defeat.

Two days later, their losing run was over and Gambhir played a leading role once again hitting 69 in 56 balls to set up an eight-wicket victory at the Delhi Daredevils.

And the week ended on a positive note for the 2012 champions as they beat the high-flyiig Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets.

This time, Gambhir was unbeaten on 63 in 45 balls, leading from the front with a match-winning innings which puts his side in fourth place in the table and well in contention to reach the play-offs.

There were a number of other contenders this week. Both Pravin Tambe and Shane Watson took hat-tricks for Rajasthan and there were a brace of half-centuries from Dwayne Smith.

However, Gambhir's consistency this week each time he went out to bat won him the award.

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