Cricket World® Player Of The Week - VVS Laxman
Indian batsman VVS Laxman has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his excellent batting guided India his side to a series-levelling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka.
Laxman scored 56 to revive India's first innings but saved the best for last, when he posted an unbeaten 103 with India successfully chasing down 257 to take an important win.
In the first innings, he came to the crease with his side on 183 for three and his half-century, allied to 62 from Suresh Raina, set India on the way to 436 and a first-innings lead.
After Sri Lanka rallied to make 267, India were set a testing target and after losing early wickets, they were behind the game.
However, Laxman remained cool under pressure, and stroked a 16th Test century, ending unbeaten on 103 in 149 balls having shared significant partnerships with Sachin Tendulkar and Raina.
Laxman's match-winning performance saw him gain the award ahead of Sri Lankans Suraj Randiv and Thilan Samaraweera, team-mate Pragyan Ojha, England's Kevin Pietersen and Paksitan's Zulqarnain Haider.
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