Krishmar Santokie has edged out the likes of Chris Jordan, Mitchell Starc and Nepal spinners Shakti Gauchan and Basant Regmi to be named Cricket World Player of the Week.
The left-arm medium-pacer proved almost impossible to score off for England in the recent Twenty20 International series in Barbados, which the West Indies won 2-1. He took four for 21 in the second match on Tuesday, which the hosts won despite the best efforts of Jos Buttler with 67, and then two for 27 from four overs in the narrow loss two days later.
The 29 year-old is certainly something of a Twenty20 specialist - he has never played first-class cricket and only four List A games in his career - and is very successful at it. His 47 T20 games have yielded 89 wickets at an average of just 11.66.
Barbados-born Chris Jordan was the match-winner for England in that third game as he smashed four sixes to end their innings with a flourish and then took three for 39 as the West Indies were held to 160 for seven to lose by five runs.
The rain-affected series in South Africa saw Australia continue their strong form with a 2-0 triumph. They won the seven-over aside match on Wednesday and then thrashed the hosts in Centurion on Friday. Mitchell Starc, Brad Hogg and Glenn Maxwell each took a brace of wickets, while Aaron Finch and Shane Watson got the run chase off to a positive start.
Last week also saw the start of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, with wins for Bangladesh over Afghanistan and Nepal over Hong Kong on the tournament’s opening day. Shakib Al Hasan took three for eight as Afghanistan were skittled for just 72 en route to a nine-wicket defeat. Nepal’s left-arm spin duo of Shakti Gauchan and Basant Regmi then starred as their side marked their big-stage debut with a comprehensive win.
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