Cricket World Player of the Week - Keegan Petersen
Batter Keegan Petersen was named the Player of the Series as he guided South Africa to a thrilling 2-1 Test series victory against India.
In a series where runs were extremely hard to come by, South Africa's new No. 3 Keegan Petersen finished as the highest run scorer with 276 runs.
He took six innings of three Test matches to score at an average of 46 with three half-centuries and the best of 82.
In both the matches that South Africa won while chasing in the final innings, it was Keegan Petersen who played a key role. Had it not been for his composure and exemplary technique, South Africa's fragile lower middle order would have been exposed.
As it is, with Marco Jansen batting as high as number 7 and with the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Duanne Olivier to follow, the South African lower order doesn't have much to offer.
Had Peterson not applied himself, the bottom line of the three-match series could have been drastically different. It was not only the runs that the technically sound batter scored but his panache and control clearly stood as well as he managed to impress almost every expert in the global cricketing circuit.
After the departure of AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, South Africa have been desperately searching for a batting mainstay to assist captain Dean Elgar. In Keegan Petersen, the Proteas have found somebody they can bank on.
Petersen was understandably overwhelmed after being named both the Player of the Match in the final Test and the Player of the Series as South Africa won the final match by 7 wickets to wrap up a thrilling 2-1 series victory.
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