Cricket World Player of the Week - Kyle Mayers
Kusal Perera, Ben Stokes, Rishabh Pant and now Kyle Mayers, what's with left-handers and epic 4th innings chases? Kyle Mayers 210* - remember the name, test edition.
Despite such surreal things occurring in test cricket over the last year or so, it comes as a shock that a debutant can blast a double century in the last innings of a test match in completely foreign conditions and take his team to a record chase.
With an unbeaten 210 off 310 balls, Kyle Mayers made history. He became only the sixth batsman to score a double century in the 4th innings in the history of test cricket. Mayers also registered the fifth highest score by a batsman on test debut.
His spectacular knock helped West Indies chase down 395 in the final innings of the first test match against Bangladesh at Chattogram. This is the fifth highest target successfully chased down in the fourth innings of test cricket while being the highest successful chase in Asia.
When you consider that Kyle Mayers is a batting all-rounder who bats left handed, bowls right-arm medium and has played only 33 first-class matches from which he averages just 33.36 with the bat and has scored only three centuries, the achievement becomes all the more special.
Frankly speaking, Mayers would not have found a spot in the West Indies team had as many as 10 players not refused to board the flight to Bangladesh due to the COVID-19 threat. Almost no one expected Mayers to pull off the heist like he did.
But, it is only good for the overall health of test cricket for teams to win more and more away test matches and especially for a team like West Indies, who has slipped a long way away from its glory days. Remember the name.
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