Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Yusuf Pathan
Indian all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his starring performances helped his side beat New Zealand 5-0 in their One-Day International series.
In the fourth ODI , Pathan returned three for 49 in nine overs, picking up the wickets of Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills as New Zealand made 315 for seven.
Then, coming to the crease with the score on 108 for four, he proceeded to make a blistering maiden ODI century to steer India to victory. He hit seven fours and seven sixes in an impressive innings of 123 not out in just 96 balls, forging a crucial partnership with Saurabh Tiwary to guide India past their target with seven balls to spare.
In the final match , Pathan was again handy with the ball, taking two for 11 in three overs as New Zealand were dismissed for just 103.
Pathan again dismissed Vettori, as well as Nathan McCullum and the performance of India's bowlers in limiting New Zealand to such a low score ensured he wasn't required to bat again.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Pathan's team-mate Parthiv Patel, who marked his return to the ODI side with a pair of half-centuries, Tamim Iqbal, who blasted 95 to help Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe 3-1 in their ODI series, and James Franklin, who scored a career-best 98 not out in the fourth ODI in Bangalore for New Zealand.
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