The third week of November observed many superb cricket performances, especially in Test matches. Three prominent matches took place under ICC Test Championships 2019. These were India vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2019, Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test 2019 and New Zealand vs England 1st Test 2019. These notable Test-playing nations had some thrilling presentations by players on the field. As the third week of November ends, we look at a recap of five top individual performances in the past week in cricket. BJ Watling and Ishant Sharma are two big names who came to limelight at the global stage of cricket during the last week. BJ Watling Becomes First New Zealand Wicketkeeper to Score Test Double Century During NZ vs ENG 1st Test Match 2019.
Other than BJ Watling and Ishant Sharma; Marnus Labuschagne, Babar Azam and Virat Kohli are the top selections in my cricket week recap’s list this time. These players stayed on the crease to show top-class batting and bowling. This week was truly dedicated to Test cricket in the international cricket. Below we look at five best performances in cricket in the last week. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav Replicate 38-Year Old Record With Their Five-Fers in India vs Bangladesh Day-Night Test.
1. Virat Kohli- 136 Against Bangladesh
After Indian openers failed to go big against Bangladesh in 2nd Test 2019, Virat Kohli smashed a century. The Indian skipper took India to massive 347/9 in first innings and scored the only century of the Test match. India won by an innings and 46 runs in the end. IND Beat BAN By An Innings And 46 Runs | India Vs Bangladesh, Highlights And Cricket Score 2nd Test Match.
2. Ishant Sharma- 9 wickets Against Bangladesh
During IND vs BAN 2nd Test 2019, Ishant Sharma weakened Bangladesh’s batsmen with a strong bowling attack. The Indian pacer grabbed his a five-wicket haul in the first innings and four wickets in the 2nd innings to take nine wickets in total. He also got the player of the match award.
3. Marnus Labuschagne - 185 against Pakistan
After Pakistan were bowled out for 240 runs batting first in AUS vs PAK 1st Test 2019, Australia responded with mammoth 580-10 in 1st innings. Marnus Labuschagne missed on a double hundred by just 15 runs but was the highest scorer of the match with his 185-run knock. The match also witnessed spectacular performances by multiple players.
4. Babar Azam - 104 against Australia
In the same AUS vs PAK 1st Test 2019, Babar Azam smashed a century (104) when Pakistan were under severe pressure in the match. His top-class batting a pressure situation in Australia’s home is definitely commendable. The Pak ODI skipper hit his 2nd Test and 12th international century. AUS Beat PAK By An Innings And 5 Runs | Australia Vs Pakistan, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Test Match.
5. BJ Watling- 205 Against England
New Zealand vs England 1st Test 2019 witnessed Kiwi wicketkeeper BJ Watling hitting a double century. This enabled hosts New Zealand to defeat England by an innings and 65 runs. BJ Watling scripted history books of cricket with multiple records with his brilliant knock. NZ Beat ENG By An Innings And 65 Runs | New Zealand Vs England, Highlights.
Other than the above list, some great performances were also seen in domestic cricket. Abu Dhabi T10 League 2019 saw Maratha Arabians winning the title. Many quick-fire knocks during the week in Abu Dhabi T10 League 2019 are definitely honourable mentions, however not part of my list this time.