Monday 2 June 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha became the first man to score a century in an IPL final
Wriddhiman Saha became the first man to score a century in an IPL final
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Kings XI Punjab wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has been named the Cricket World Player Of The Week after scoring a record-breaking century in the final of the Indian Premier League 2014.

Although Saha scored 115 not out to become the first man to score a century in an IPL final, he ended up on the losing side, but after having also top scored for Punjab against Kolkata in the first qualifier, he wins the award.

In the first qualifier, he made 35 in 31 balls before Punjab fell short of their target of 164, the wicket-keeper top scoring and one of only three players to score more than 20 runs.

He scored six in four balls, assisted in the run out of Brendon McCullum and stumped Ravichandran Ashwin as Punjab booked their place in the final.

There, he struck a sublime 155 not out in 55 balls to help his side recover from a slow start to post 199 for four.

His knock included 10 fours and eight sixes and he showed big-match temperament to help set up a score that Punjab almost defended.

That they didn't owed plenty to a fine innings of 94 in 50 balls from Manish Pandey, who was another contender for the award.

As was Suresh Raina, who reached the 400-run mark for the seventh season in the IPL with two superb innings.

He hit 54 not out in 33 balls against Mumbai and then cracked a stunning 87 in 25 balls as Chennai gave Punjab a fright in their second qualifier match.

Elsewhere, centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Jos Buttler in the fourth England-Sri Lanka One-Day International also came into consideration, as did Chris Jordan's five-wicket haul in the third match.

However, Saha wins the award due to his consistency during a week in which he was also named as part of India's squads to tour Bangladesh and England.

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