Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after two half-centuries in the fourth and final Test match against Australia helped set up India's series win.
There were a number of other candidates, including retiring batsman Saurav Ganguly, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Jason Krejza but Sehwag's efforts, particularly in the second innings when he hit 92 in quick time to get India off to a good start, and coming off the back of a five-wicket haul in New Delhi, earned him the nomination by a small margin.
Without regular patner Gautam Gambhir, he shared opening stands of 98 and 116 with Murali Vijay Krishna, hiting 66 in the first innings and facing just 107 balls in the second.
He memorably welcomed Krejza to Test cricket by hitting him for 10 runs in two balls.
The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.
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