In the game of cricket, the outstanding player, who has the biggest impact in a match or series is recognized with a Man of the Match, Player of the Match, or Player of the Series award. A player from either team may receive the award, but typically the winning team does. With 62 victories in 463 ODI games, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most man of the match awards. With 48, Sanath Jayasuriya comes in second. Let us take a look at the top 10 cricketers with the most man-of-the-match awards.
List Of Top 10 Cricketers With Most Man Of The Match Awards
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1. Sachin Tendulkar – 62
Sachin Tendulkar was born on 24 April 1973. He is a former Indian cricketer who led his country’s squad. He is regarded as one of cricket’s all-time great batsmen. Initially, Tendulkar began playing cricket when he was eleven years old. He made his Test match debut against Pakistan in Karachi on November 15, 1989, at the age of sixteen, and went on to represent Mumbai domestically and India for nearly 24 years. In 2002, halfway through his career, Wisden ranked him the second-greatest ODI batsman of all time, behind Viv Richards, and the second-greatest Test batsman of all time, behind Don Bradman. Tendulkar was part of the Indian cricket team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup. In 2003, he had already won the “Player of the Tournament” award.
Tendulkar won the Arjuna Award in 1994 and the Khel Ratna Award in 1997. He also won the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan awards, in 1999 and 2008, respectively. In November 2013, the Prime Minister’s Office announced to award him the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Further, Tendulkar was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010. Tendulkar received the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year at the 2010 ICC Awards. He retired from all forms of cricket in November 2013 after playing his 200th Test match after leaving ODI cricket in 2012. Tendulkar scored a total run of 34,357 in 664 games. Further, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2019.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya – 48
Sanath Jayasuriya was born on 30 June 1969. He is a former captain and cricket player for Sri Lanka. He is famous for his explosive batting with Romesh Kaluwitharana in the mid-1990s, which initiated the hard-hitting modern-day batting strategy of all nations. Jayasuriya, who is one of the best-attacking batsmen of all time, is famous for his powerful striking and match-winning all-around performances in all formats of the game. He was an all-rounder, who had a cricket career that spread over two decades. He is one of the best all-rounders in limited-overs cricket history. Further, he is the only player to have scored over 10,000 runs and to take more than 300 wickets in ODI cricket.
He was named the tournament’s most valuable player in 1996. Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack broke an age-old tradition by naming him one of the Five Cricketers of the Year in 1997. From 1999 to 2003, Jayasuriya served as the Sri Lankan cricket team’s successful captain. He was an integral part of the team that won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, as well as the teams that entered the finals of the 2007 and 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournaments. He ended his career in limited overs and Test cricket in June 2011 and December 2007, respectively.
3. Virat Kohli – 36
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988. He played cricket for India and served as its captain in the past. Further, he is a right-handed batsman who competes for Delhi in domestic cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Kohli is regarded as one of the greatest all-format batsmen of all time and is frequently regarded as one of the best batsmen of his era. He led the Indian cricket team in 213 games across all three formats between 2013 and 2022. Kohli is one of the most successful Test captains with 40 victories from 68 games. In 2011, Kohli played his first Test. He became the first batsman to hold the top spot in the ICC rankings for ODI players in 2013.
At the ICC World Twenty20, Kohli has twice been named Man of the Tournament (in 2014 and 2016). He is also the fastest person to complete 23,000 runs, according to the world record. Kohli has received many awards– most notably the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade): in 2011–2020; Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year (2018); ICC ODI Player of the Year (2012, 2017, 2018) and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2016, 2017 and 2018). Further, he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in addition to the Arjuna Award in 2013 and the Padma Shri in 2017.
4. Jacques Kallis – 32
Jacques Kallis was born on 16 October 1975. He is a former cricketer and cricket coach from South Africa. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler who is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and as South Africa’s greatest batsman ever. As of 2022, Kallis is the only cricketer in the sport’s history to have taken over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket, scored over 10,000 runs, and made 131 catches. In his Test match career, he amassed 13,289 runs, took 292 wickets, and 200 catches. With 166 Test matches under his belt, Kallis batted over 55 runs per game.
He had five centuries between October and December 2007 in four Test games. Kallis became the second-highest scorer of Test centuries. In addition to being the “ICC Test Player of the Year” and the “ICC Player of the Year” in 2005, he was named the Leading Cricketer in the World by Wisden in 2008. In South Africa’s successful 1998 ICC KnockOut Trophy (now known as the ICC Champions Trophy) campaign, which remains the country’s only ICC tournament victory in history, he was named Player of the Tournament. He finished as the 2nd highest run-scorer and was the leading wicket-taker with Man of the Match trophies in both the semi-final and the final.
5. Ricky Ponting – 32
Ricky Ponting was born on 19 December 1974. He is a former cricket player, coach, and commentator from Australia. Ponting was captain of Australia during its “golden era”, between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He is the most successful captain in cricket history, with 220 victories in 324 matches with a winning rate of 67.91%. Ponting is one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era and, in December 2006, he achieved the highest rating for a Test batsman in 50 years, though Steve Smith surpassed him in December 2017. He is behind Sachin Tendulkar on the list of cricketers with the most international centuries scored.
He played as a right-handed batsman, an excellent slip fielder, as well as an occasional bowler. Ponting was a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning team and led Australia to their second 5-0 Ashes victory. He also helped his country win the 2003 and 2007 Cricket World Cups. In 2006 and 2009, he led Australia to back-to-back ICC Champions Trophy victories. With 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and December 31, 2010, he is one of the most successful Test captains of all time. Ponting played in more than 160 Tests and 370 ODIs, and he is the only cricketer to have participated in 100 Test victories.
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6. Shahid Afridi – 32
Shahid Afridi was born on 1 March 1977. He is a former Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Further, Afridi was a right-handed batsman and leg spinner. He made his ODI, Test, and T20I debuts in 1996, 1998, and 2006, respectively. Afridi, who had previously won player of the tournament honors in the 2007 edition, scored an unbeaten 54 to win the 2009 T20 World Cup final. In the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he was the captain of the Pakistani team, which moved to the semi-finals before losing to rival India.
7. Sir IVA Richards – 31
Sir IVA Richards was born on 7 March 1952. He played for the West Indies cricket team from 1974 to 1991 and is a retired Antiguan cricketer. Further, Richards is one of the greatest batsmen of all time and typically bats at number three for a dominant West Indies team. Along with Gordon Greenidge, Richards made his test debut in 1974 against India. Between 1976 and 1983, when he was at his best, he averaged a remarkable 66.51 with the bat in test cricket. In 121 Test matches, Further, Richards scored 8,540 runs at an average of 50.23, including 24 centuries. Additionally, he scored 1281 runs in the World Series of Cricket, which is regarded as the highest and most challenging game of cricket ever played, with five tonnes and an average of over 55.
In 1999, he received a knighthood for his contributions to cricket. A 100-member expert panel named him one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Century in 2000. He was named the third greatest Test cricket batsman and the greatest One Day International batsman ever by Wisden in December 2002. In 2009, Richards was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Further, Viv was ranked third by Wisden in October 2013 when it chose the top test team out of 150 years of test history.
8. Sourav Ganguly – 31
Sourav Ganguly was born on 8 July 1972. He is the 39th and current president of the BCCI. Ganguly is an administrator, commentator, and former captain of India’s cricket team. He is the Maharaja of Indian cricket. In addition to becoming one of the best batsmen in the world during his playing career, Ganguly also became one of the most effective captains of the Indian cricket team. He was effective through the offside while batting. Further, he is known as “God of the Off Side” for his graceful stroke play square of the wicket and through the covers. Again, he was the captain of the Indian cricket team and a left-handed opening batsman. He was elected as president of the BCCI in 2019. Before being elected as the President of BCCI, he was the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
9. Kumar Sangakkara – 31
Kumar Sangakkara was born on 27 October 1977. He is a former Sri Lankan cricket player, businessman, member of the ICC Hall of Fame, and former president of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Further, Sangakkara is one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the sport. He was officially ranked in the top three current batsmen in the world in all three formats of the match at various stages of his career. He is the current IPL coach for the Rajasthan Royals. In his 15-year cricket career, he scored 28,016 runs in all formats. He was the second-highest run scorer in ODI cricket (behind only Sachin Tendulkar) and the sixth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket at the time of his retirement.
10. Brian Lara – 30
Brian Lara was born on 2 May 1969. He is a former cricket player from Trinidad and Tobago. Further, he is one of the best batsmen of all time. He held numerous cricketing records, including the highest individual first-class score of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994, the only quintuple-hundred in first-class cricket history. He also held the top spot in the Test batting rankings on several occasions. Lara owns the record for the highest individual score in a Test innings after scoring 400 runs against England in 2004. Wisden ranked Lara’s match-winning 153-run innings against Australia in 1999 as the second-best batting effort in Test cricket history.
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