New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he turned his second Test century into a maiden double-century in the second Test against India in Napier.
Ryder's 201 ensured that New Zealand recovered from losing three early wickets and they went on to post a formidable 619 for nine declared which enabled them to put India on the back foot.
He then chipped in with the wicket of Rahul Dravid for 83 as New Zealand forced India to follow on by bowling them out for 305. Although New Zealand were unable to go and force the win, Ryder's effort won him the award and he has settled into Test cricket beautifully since making his debut in Bangladesh late last year.
Other contenders for the weekly award were Chris Gayle (West Indies), Gautam Gambhir (India), and Salman Butt (Pakistan/NBP).
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