Monday 26 May 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan wins the Cricket World Player Of The Week award
Yusuf Pathan wins the Cricket World Player Of The Week award
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Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Yusuf Pathan has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after some stunning batting in the Indian Premier League 2014.

He was not alone in finding form with the bat at the crucial time as the group stage ended - Lendl Simmons and Corey Anderson in particular - but his efforts against Bangalore and Hyderabad win him the award.

Against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he struck a quickfire 22 in 13 balls during a 30-run win that hinted at what was to come against Hyderabad.

Needing to surpass a score of 160 in less than 16 overs to guarantee their place in the first qualifier, Pathan strode to the crease with the score on 55 for two in the eighth over with plenty of work to do.

He proceeded to hit a 15-ball half-century and went on to smash 72 in 22 balls - that's a strike-rate of 327.77 - and guide his side home.

His innings included five fours and seven sixes and in the end, such was his belligerence, that Kolkata got home in just 14.2 overs.

It took Pathan's tally of runs in this year's tournament to 212 and while he hasn't been as consistent as last week's award winner Robin Uthappa, who now has 613 runs after three more scores of 41 or more this week, he gets the vote.

Uthappa hit 41 against Hyderabad, 83 not out against Bangalore and 67 against Chennai this week and was in contention, as were Corey Anderson, Lendl Simmons and Ambati Rayudu for their heroics in getting Mumbai into the play-offs.

Elsewhere, in international cricket, there was no one outstanding performer from the matches between England and Sri Lanka, with neither side dominating.

However, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sachithra Senanayake and Nuwan Kulasekara all deserve credit for their early-season performances and were under consideration.

© Cricket World 2014