Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following two strong performances as Pakistan took on Australia in Dubai.
Afridi returned career-best figures of six for 38 as Australia were bowled out for 168 and Afridi followed that up by blasting 24 in 16 balls to steer Pakistan towards their four-wicket victory.
His side were unable to follow their opening win up with a second victory, going down by six wickets, although Afridi did hit 41 in 40 balls with five fours and a six, the in Pakistan's 207 all out.
He again bowled an economical and incisive spell of two for 38 in ten overs but was unable to inspire his side to victory.
In the opinion of the Cricket World® Editorual team, Afridi's performances outweighed the many impressive efforts in the Indian Premier League, in which he is not competing this year. His former team, the Deccan Chargers, are top of the table with Herschelle Gibbs and RP Singh the other leading contenders for the weekly award. Kings XI Punjab batsmen Ravi Bopara and Kumar Sangakkara were also mentioned, as were Delhi Daredevils pair AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
The Player Of The Week award is decided by the Cricket World® Editorial Team on a Monday morning following a review of the week's matches.
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