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Cricket World Player of the Week - Virat Kohli

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli ended up as the Player of the Series in the five T20Is between India and England, piling on runs at an average of over 115 and is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Virat Kohli entered the T20I series against England short on runs. He scored a blob in India's only innings in the last test match in Ahmedabad and was dismissed for another duck in the series opener.

This meant that the Indian captain had been dismissed for a duck on three occasions in his last four international innings across formats, and the pressure was gradually mounting.

It is not as if the Indian captain wasn't feeling it. As a result, he had a chat with close friend and Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers who advised him to just watch the ball. And, that is exactly what he did en route to his unbeaten 73-run knock in the 2nd T20I against England, taking India to a 7-wicket victory to level the series 1-1.

He then struck another unbeaten 77 in the next T20I and made an unbeaten 80 in the final match of the series while opening the batting.

Courtesy of his three big scores, all of which were unbeaten, Kohli ended up with a magnificent average of 115.50. He struck 231 runs from the five T20Is at a healthy strike rate of 147.13 and was awarded the Man of the Series in India's 3-2 series win against England.

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