It has been a week full of victories for our stars from Punjab Kings. With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 just a month from now, teams and players all over the world have started preparations for the showpiece event.
Our PBKS players have once again proved their credentials over the last seven days and these players have stood out among the rest, to be named in this latest edition of our Player of the Week.
Jonny Bairstow - 86* (60) vs New Zealand
Jonny Bairstow will be eagerly looking ahead with the World Cup in sight and will aim to defend the title of World Champions with England. He made his case for the England squad selectors with a blistering 86 from 60 balls.
The England wicket-keeper started the T20I series against New Zealand poorly after getting dismissed for just 4 runs in the first game. But Bairstow made sure he made up for it in the 2nd T20I after helping England post a respectable 198 on the board.
His 86 ensured England won the game with a huge margin of 95 runs.
Nathan Ellis - 3/25 vs South Africa
Next up we have our fast bowler Nathan Ellis who starred for Australia in their 2nd T20I against South Africa. He finished the match with figures of 3/25 which also had a maiden over in it.
Ellis got the Aussies off to a flyer after getting the wicket of Reeza Hendricks for just 3. Mitchell Marsh used Ellis smartly and had him bowl in all parts of the game - with the new ball, middle overs, and at the death. The Australian fast bowler picked up a wicket in each of his spells to restrict the Proteas to just 164/8.
Matt Short - 66 (30) vs South Africa
It was a match to remember for our PBKS players with both Ellis and Matthew Short putting in man-of-the-match performances. Much like Ellis in the 2nd T20I against South Africa, Short played a crucial knock for the Aussies in the same match.
Alongside his skipper Mitchell Marsh, Short helped the Kangaroos to an easy win chasing a total of 165 inside 15 overs. With seven 4s and four 6s, the Australian batter smashed the ball in every corner of the ground.
With non-stop international fixtures coming up, our PBKS boys are gearing up for a couple of months full of action, which includes the all-important World Cup in October.