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Cricket World Player of the Week - Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma scored his third double century in ODIs
Rohit Sharma scored his third double century in ODIs

India opening batsman Rohit Sharma is named the Cricket World Player of the Week following his splendid double century against Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International in Mohali.

Leading the side for the first time in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit had the added pressure of delivering considering the way India lost the first game in Dharamsala. Having started the innings with caution, Rohit played the second fiddle to Shikhar Dhawan, who provided the early momentum with a fluent 68-run knock.

Carry forwarding the momentum, Rohit reached his first century off 115 deliveries but owned the final 10 overs with his second century coming in just 36 balls and overall amassed 13 boundaries and 12 sixes. This is also his third double century in ODI cricket when no other player has even managed two. Shreyas Iyer also played a handy role scoring a 70-ball 88. Sri Lanka's only response came from Angelo Mathews, who scored an unbeaten century but could not stop his team from losing the game by 141 runs.

The final game of the series saw Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav pick three wickets apiece to restrict Sri Lanka to 215 which India managed to chase with ease riding on a century from Dhawan and 65 runs from Iyer to claim the series 2-1.

Rohit's closest contenders for the award is Chris Gayle and Steven Smith, who expressed their batting prowess in the Bangladesh Premier League final and third Ashes Test in Perth respectively.

Gayle amassed a massive 146 off 69 deliveries to help Rangpur Riders win their maiden BPL title after beating Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs while Smith enjoyed another tremendous performance that saw him register 239 runs at WACA.

Smith's partnership of 301 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh proved to be decisive as Australia claimed 259 run first innings lead while Josh Hazlewood claimed a five-fer in the final innings to bowl out the visitors for 218 on the final day to reclaim the Urn following wins in all the three games of the series so far.

Marsh too recorded his career-best score at his home ground after scoring 181 off just 236 deliveries.

That concludes the performances of the week.

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