Indian batsman VVS Laxman has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his unbeaten century guided his side to a one-wicket victory over Australia.
After India were set 216 to win, Laxman, nursing a bad back, was India's last recognised batsman and he played one of his finest knocks to .
He was helped by the lower-order batsmen, Ishant Sharma scoring 31, but his unbeaten 73 in 79 balls rightly stole the headlines as he hit eight fours in an innings that lasted just over three hours.
The Australian team were no doubt relieved to see the Laxman, who has excelled against them on a number of occasions, did not recover from his back problems and was unavailable for the second Test.
Other contenders for the award in a busy week for the game included Zimbabwe's Chamu Chibhabha, who hit two Twenty20 International half-centuries against South Africa, West Indian Stafanie Taylor, who scored a century and two half-centuries in the ICC Women's Cricket Challenge in South Africa, and Australia's Marcus North, whose century in Bangalore helped the tourists post 478 in the first innings of the second Test.
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