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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 12 December 2016
For recording his career best score of 235 and helping India to an innings victory in the fourth Test against England in Mumbai, Virat Kohli is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Responding to England's first innings total of 400, even though Murali Vijay set the perfect platform for India with a brilliant century, they found themselves in trouble when the score was 307 for six at one stage.
Kohli showed great determination and skill to carry his innings forward and stitched a massive 241-run stand with Jayant Yadav for the eighth wicket to set the victory for India as they went on to take a 231-run first innings lead.
In the process, the Indian skipper completed his third double century of the year and became the third captain to do so after Ricky Ponting and Brendon McCullum. Kohli also took his total runs tally in the series to 692 runs and will need 83 more runs in the final game to surpass Sunil Gavaskar, who holds the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in a bilateral Test series.
Yadav also became the first Indian batsman to score a century at number nine and his partnership with Kohli is the highest for the eighth wicket for India.
Kohli's closest competitors to the award was Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Australia vice-captain David Warner.
Ashwin picked six wickets in each innings, which is also the best figures by a bowler at the Wankhede Stadium as he wrapped up the England batsmen and sealed an innings victory for India and also a 3-0 lead in the series.
Century on debut from Keaton Jennings, Joe Root's 77 and Jonny Bairstow's half-century along with a six-wicket haul in the game from Ravindra Jadeja were other stand out performances from the Mumbai Test.
Warner slammed back-to-back centuries against New Zealand in the recently concluded One-Day International series to seal a 3-0 whitewash.
In the second ODI in Canberra, Warner scored 119 runs off 115 deliveries as he along with fifties from Steven Smith, Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh helped Australia post 378 responding to which New Zealand were bowled out for 262 despite a 81 and 74 from Kane Williamson and James Neesham respectively.
Warner came with another superlative performance in the third ODI in Melbourne where he scored 156 in an innings where the next highest score was 37 by Head. New Zealand were dismissed for 147 in response to Australia's total of 264 as the home team completed 3-0 series win.
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