Monday 21 April 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell has enjoyed a brilliant start to the Indian Premier League 2014
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As all eyes turned to the Indian Premier League this week, we have chosen Kings XI Punjab's Glenn Maxwell as the Cricket World Player Of The Week.

He played two superb innings to help the Kings XI make it two wins out of two to set the early pace in this year's competition.

Against the Chennai Super Kings, the Kings XI were set 206 to win. Thanks to Maxwell's 95 in 43 balls - an innings that included shots all around the wicket - they got home with seven balls to spare.

That innings included 15 fours and two sixes and when his side headed to Sharjah, he was at it again.

Rajasthan Royals posted 191 but were also beaten as Kings XI confirmed their reputation as a team that loves to chase.

This time, Maxwell hit 89 in 45 balls, targeting the leg-side boundary with success to hit eight fours and four sixes.

And after team-mate David Miller - another contender for this week's award - blasted a quick half-century, the Kings XI were home.

Maxwell now wears the Orange Cap as the leading run-scorer in the tournament and was an obvious choice for this week's award.

However, Miller deserves credit for the way he came in on both occasions and helped the Kings XI over the line while JP Duminy - another South African left-hander - was in the running for two fine knocks for the Delhi Daredevils before Maxwell stole the show.

While the focus has understandably been on the six-hitting exploits of the likes of Maxwell, Miller, Duminy and the rest, it is worth paying tribute to some of the bowlers who have impressed in the first few games.

Sunil Narine has been as impressive as ever for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Lasith Malinga has matched his tally of five wickets and young Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken four wickets and impressed so far.

© Cricket World 2014