The last few weeks have been quite superb to be a batsman. There were no less than 21 centuries scored since 9th November when the Australia South Africa Test series started. There have been double centuries galore and a Test debutant batting at number 10 also got a century to help his team recover from a precarious position.
The Australian skipper, Michael Clarke, has continued his astonishing form and has hit his second consecutive double ton and in the process has become the first batsman to score four scores over 200 in one calendar year. He has been phenomenal since taking over the reins of the captaincy from Ricky Ponting, who has been struggling a bit. It's early days of course and Ponting the class act that he is could well come back strongly.
Cheteshwar Pujara replacing Rahul Dravid knew that these were big boots to fill and there would inevitably be comparisons with the great man, but if anything the Saurashtra lad has got admirable temperament and he showed that in the first Test by batting on and on like Dravid and getting his first double century in Test cricket.
He already had a big hundred under his belt earlier in the season when he scored 159 against New Zealand. He has got four triple hundreds in domestic cricket at all levels including the junior level so he knows how to build a long innings.
Alastair Cook is another who knows what big innings or daddy hundreds are and he almost saved the game for England with his century knock, but there was little support from the other end apart from Matt Prior, who was unlucky to miss his hundred.
There are Tests in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka too and there were hundreds there too especially on the flat pitches that we get in subcontinent. The old man river Shiv Chanderpaul goes on and on and his appetite for hundreds and long innings has not diminished with age.
He got a double in the first Test and has got another ton at the time of writing and Kieran Powell got a century in each innings. Despite Bangladesh having taken a lead in first innings totals of over 500 they lost the match on the last day.
In Lanka Rangana Herath bowled superbly in both innings to spin the Lankans to win the first Test quite comfortably. It was a low scoring Test with Mahela Jayawardene missing out on a century, but his knock gave the Lankans just the runs they needed to put pressure on a New Zealand team that has struggled in the subcontinent.
For his match winning bowling Rangana Herath is the CEAT International Cricketer of the week despite it being a great week for batsmen too.
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