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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma's innings of 264 earned him our weekly award
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Rohit Sharma's record-breaking innings of 264 for India in the fourth One-Day International against Sri lanka has won him the Cricket World Player Of The Week award.

His innings helped India to a comfortable 153-run win in Kolkata and he became the first man to register two double-centuries in ODI cricket.

He surpassed the previous record of 219, set by compatriot Virender Sehwag, hitting 33 fours and nine sixes.

That helped India post 404 for five, which they defended with some ease.

And although Sharma may have only scored nine in the final game - which India also won - he deserves the award for such an outstanding innings.

It was also his first game of international cricket following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a hand injury.

Elsewhere last week, there were a number of other performances that deserve credit, notably as Pakistan notched up another big win, this time over New Zealand.

Centuries from Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younus Khan and Mohammad Hafeez went a long way towards securing their victory in Abu Dhabi.

Also winning were Bangladesh, thanks to centuries from Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque as well as fine bowling from Jubair Hossain in particular as they swept to a 3-0 Test series win over Zimbabwe.

Meg Lanning enjoyed an excellent week, leading Australia to a 3-0 ODI series lead over the West Indies, scoring 95 in the second game and then an unbeaten 135 in the third match.

And there were also some good performances as the Australia-South Africa ODI series got underway in Perth.

George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Morne Morkel and Josh Hazlewood were the most impressive.

Virat Kohli and Angelo Mathews both warrant praise for their innings of 139 not out in the final ODI between India and Sri Lanka as well.

However, Sharma's effort in not just breaking the world record, but setting a new mark that is so far beyond the previous best, wins him our award.

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