Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his century in the opening ODI against the West Indies set up a 20-run for his side in Jamaica.
Yuvraj, who struggled during the ICC World Twenty20 in England, was in scintillating form as 50 over cricket returned to the global stage, and he thumped his 131 runs off of just 102 deliveries to help set India on the way to reaching 339 for six at Sabina Park.
The left-hander hit ten fours and seven sixes on the way to his 12th ODI century, sharing a third-wicket stand of 135 with Dinesh Karthik and then hammering 62 in five overs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the batting Power Play.
Although India then slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the second match two days later, Yuvraj made a breezy 35, during which he passed 7000 runs in ODIs, although as 92 of those runs came for the Asian Cricket Council XI, he will still have to wait to score his 7000th run in ODIs for his country.
Other contenders for the award this week were West Indians Runako Morton and Ravi Rampaul.
The Player Of The Week award is decided by the Cricket World® Editorial Team following a review of the week's matches.
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