Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Virat Kohli - January 2010
Indian batsman Virat Kohli has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his superb run of form helped India book their place in the Idea Cup final in Bangladesh.
Kohli's four half-centuries in five innings helped India book their place with a game to spare and the former India Under-19 captain has settled nicely into the number three spot in the line-up, effectively replacing Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli's week did not get off to the best of starts as he made just nine as India were beaten by five wickets by Sri Lanka but he put that failure behind him, scoring two half-centuries in his next two innings. Two days later, he scored 91 to help India recover from a difficult position to beat Bangladesh by six wickets and he followed that up with a composed unbeaten 71 which guided India past Sri Lanka and into the final.
Since lifting the ICC Under-19 World Cup two years ago, Kohli has scored five One-Day International half-centuries and has marked himself out as one to watch in the future.
Other contenders for the award included Sri Lankans Thilan Samaraweera, Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene, Kohli's team-mate Mahendra Singh Dhoni, South Africa's Graeme Smith and England's Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell and Graham Onions.
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