Cricket World Player of the Week - KL Rahul
For his 69-ball 132 not out against RCB, which is now the highest score in the IPL not only by an Indian batsman but also a captain, KL Rahul is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
The points table of the Indian Premier League 2020 currently shows the Kings XI Punjab at the third spot with one win and two losses from three games. Punjab may have just two points but they have the best net run rate in the entire tournament.
The reason for that has been their two close defeats. While Punjab lost their first match of the competition against Delhi Capitals in a super over, they then registered a thumping 97-run victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team suffered another narrow defeat against Rajasthan Royals in their most recent match.
In both their last two matches, one man has been the star - their captain and wicket-keeper KL Rahul. Rahul struck an unbeaten 132 in the match against RCB off just 69 deliveries, creaming 14 fours and 7 sixes at a strike rate of 191.30.
Such a strike rate when against the name of someone coming in to slog it at number 5 or 6 is still understandable. But for an opening batsman to have played throughout the innings and then maintain a strike rate of over 190 is truly spectacular.
The 132 not out is the highest score in the IPL not only by an Indian batsman but also an IPL captain. Rahul followed it up with another classic 69-run knock in the next match against Rajasthan.
This has placed him at the top of the run-scoring charts in the IPL with 222 runs from three matches at an average of 111.00 and a strike rate of 156.34.
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