Aaron Finch (Australia), is this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week, following his world record 172 against Zimbabwe, in their T20I Tri Series match.
Salim Parvez describes the innings in his match review earlier in the week for Cricket World.
“Finch as we all know is a limited-overs specialist, having played a number of outstanding innings in both ODI and t20. His world-record t20 international innings of 172 was indeed a special effort, although admittedly against pretty ordinary bowling attack. An innings of 172 after facing just 76 balls with 16 fours and 10 sixes, could not have been achieved without brutal power but Finch it is to be said, did not need to revert to slogging at any stage. His placement of the ball and hard aggressive running too did not get unnoticed. It was a smart innings by a batsman in great nick. At his innovative best, Finch had the audacity to play shots, more associated with baseball or tennis, and it worked well for him. When the toe end of his bat gave way, he smashed the very first ball - a juicy full-toss -with the new bat for yet another six. In a near perfect onslaught, Finch was missed just once on 133, in the deep.
After reaching fifty off just 22 balls, his personal best in t20 internationals, he had a hundred to his name off 50 balls. He then swiftly marched on to overtake his own world-record score of 156, he scored against England at Southampton in 2013. His opening stand of 223 runs with left-handed D’Arcy Short, who was happy to play second fiddle to his skipper with 46 off 42 balls, is the highest for any wicket in t20 internationals.”
Also in contention this week were RL Rahul 101* against England in the 1st T20I at Emirates Old Trafford and Kuldeep Yadav 5-24 in the same match.
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