There were several potential award-winning performances from several different players during the past week of international cricket. However, there can only be one winner of Cricket World’s Player Of The Week award after the week that Virender Sehwag broke the record for the highest individual score in a One-Day International.
He hit 219 from 149 balls during his epic knock against the West Indies in the on Thursday and, if he hadn’t been dismissed by Kieron Pollard in the 47th over, may well have taken the record into the territory of those deemed to be unbeatable.
Nevertheless, his knock, which featured seven sixes and 32 boundaries in total, was one of those that the people who witnessed it firsthand will surely talk about for many years to come; and represents a suitable career high-point for a man whose game seems tailor-made for the limited-overs format, but, until that moment, had been overshadowed by his prolificacy in other forms of the game.
Other batting highlights from the past seven days include maiden international centuries from Asad Shafiq, David Warner, Kieron Pollard and Manoj Tiwary, as well as a century from Mohammad Hafeez and an unbeaten double hundred for Younis Khan.
Doug Bracewell (match figures of nine for 60) and James Pattinson (five for 51) were the week’s most successful bowlers with Bracewell’s second innings haul of six for 40 bowing New Zealand to a thrilling win over Australia.
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