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Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli continued his masterclass in the Delhi Test
Virat Kohli continued his masterclass in the Delhi Test

For scoring a brilliant 243 run knock in the ongoing third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi, Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Kohli in the process broke numerous record including his highest individual score in Test cricket. This was also his second double century in successive innings - becoming the sixth batsman in the history of the game to achieve so. This was his sixth double ton and all of them have come since he took over the captaincy which also saw him surpass Brian Lara's record of five double centuries as a captain.

The Indian skipper was supported by a brilliant 155 run knock from Murali Vijay opening the batting while Rohit Sharma too contributed with a half-century as India posted 536 for seven before the declaration came.

Neil Wagner set Wellington on fire when he claimed seven wickets in the opening day of the first Test against West Indies to bowl out the visitors for 134 in the first innings. The game further slipped away from West Indies as Tom Blundell registered his maiden Test century on debut while Colin de Grandhomme slammed the third fastest ton by a New Zealander. Ross Taylor's 93 and Henry Nicholls half-century were the other contributions as New Zealand declared their innings with a lead of 386 runs.

Despite, a 91-run knock from Kraigg Brathwaite and a half-century from Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies went on to lose the game by an innings and 67 runs.

The second Test between Australia and England in Adelaide which is also a day-night encounter saw Shaun Marsh announcing a strong comeback with an unbeaten 126 while Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja contributed with half-centuries. Craig Overton on his debut game picked three wickets including that of Australian skipper Steven Smith but it was the home side, who had a dominating game with a 205 run first innings lead.

Comilla Victorians, Dhaka Dynamites, Rangpur Riders and Khulna Titans are the four teams to make it to the play-off of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League. Khulna's Shafiul Islam and Sylhet's Nasir Hossain claimed five wicket hauls each while Qazi had an impressive debut with a four wicket haul.

Shakib Al Hasan's figures of 8 for four is another notable performance in a week dominated by the bowlers.

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