Monday 28 February 2011 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Shahid Afridi

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Shahid Afridi
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Shahid Afridi
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Pakistan leg-spinner and captain Shahid Afridi has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he took nine wickets and led his side to two Cricket World Cup victories.

Afridi's form with the ball and leadership have been two key factors in Pakistan making a winning start to the competition by beating Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Against Kenya, Pakistan dominated the match, scoring 313 for seven - Afridi making just seven - and then bowling their opponents out for 112 with Afridi taking . In the process, he took the best figures by a Pakistani at a World Cup and the best figures by a World Cup captain.

Three days later, Pakistan were back in action and faced a much sterner test when Sri Lanka came up against them. Batting first again, they scored 277 for seven, Afridi making a quickfire 16.

Once again, he excelled with the ball, returning figures of four for 34 by taking the important wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews.

Pakistan then held on to win despite a late Sri Lankan charge, led by Nuwan Kulasekara.

Other contenders for the weekly award included India's Sachin Tendulkar, England's Andrew Strauss and Tim Bresnan, Pakistan's Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, the Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate, South Africa's AB de Villiers and Australia's Mitchell Johnson.

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