Cricket World Player of the Week - Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan is this week's Cricket World player of the week.
Shakib Al Hasan entered the World Cup as the number one ranked ODI all-rounder and he has reiterated that he holds the the top rank for good reason.
Bangladesh have played six matches in the World Cup till now and there has been only one game in which Shakib has not notched up a half-century. In that match against Australia as well, he made an essential contribution of 41 runs.
While he had performed in almost every game, his 121 against England, an unbeaten 124 against West Indies and a half-century plus five-wicket haul in difficult conditions against Afghanistan in Southampton have been his highlight performances.
The all-rounder used to bat at five or six but convinced the team management to promote him at number three in the tournament and has reaped rich dividend. Shakib at three and Mushfiqur Rahim at number four also strengthen Bangladesh's batting line-up as the best players get to face maximum balls.
Apart from his undebatable batting skills, his left-arm spin is also crucial for the team. The fact that Bangladesh are still in contention of the semi-final has been courtesy of the all-rounder.
With 500 runs from seven innings and an average of close to 85, David Warner has been a rock for Australia at the top of the order and has already smashed two centuries and three half-centuries in the World Cup.
Another Australian, Mitchell Starc has set the World Cup on fire with his quick inswinging yorkers that have caught many napping. The left-armer has picked up 19 wickets from seven matches at an average of under 20 and an economy of under six, with best figures of 5-46.
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