Tuesday 9 July 2013 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Upul Tharanga

 

The fight for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award is a three-way one between the week’s three century-makers. Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene both hit centuries against India at Sabina Park on Tuesday, while Virat Kohli then led India’s fightback with a stonking 102 against the West Indies on Friday.

Tharanga just about edges it over Kohli, if anything for the sheer number of records that he, and to a lesser extent Jayawardene, broke. His innings of 174 off only 159 balls was the highest of his ODI career and helped inflict on India their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in their ODI history.

He also broke the ground record at Sabina Park, beating Imran Nazir’s 160 against Zimbabwe, and became the player to be involved in the most 200-plus opening stands in ODIs with seven.

Kohli’s 102 off 83 balls against the West Indies certainly ran Tharanga close. The 24 year-old brought up what is already his 14th ODI century in a match that India had to win to stay in contention for the Tri-Nation series final.

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