Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI, T20i, Test

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At cricket's grand arena, where heroes are made and stories of greatness resound, there is a singular honor that bears witness to unwavering excellence: the "Player of the Match" trophy.

A handful of players have consistently risen to the occasion, leaving their imprint in golden letters when the attention moves from one-day internationals to Twenty20 Internationals and Test matches.

Come along as we examine the history of cricket and reveal the names of the players who have won the most player of the match accolades in each of these legendary formats. An epic of unparalleled brilliance is about to unfold!

Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI, T20i, Test


Among cricket's most prestigious honors, "Player of the Match" stands out. The ability to alter the course of events in a game is an indication of how skilled a player is.

In any case, who among these elite members shines out across all formats? Join us as we reveal the cricketers whose names have been immortalized in golden letters after winning the most player of the match accolades.

Intriguing, surprising, and motivating things are about to happen.


Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI, T20i, Test


PlayerSpanMatAwardsTestsODIsT20Is
SR Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2013 664 76 14 62 0
V Kohli (IND) 2008-2023 518 66 10 41 15
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 586 58 4 48 6
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1995-2014 519 57 23 32 2
KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL) 2000-2015 594 50 16 31 3
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 1995-2012 560 49 16 32 1
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 2006-2023 430 44 6 27 11
Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/PAK) 1996-2018 524 43 0 32 11
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2007 430 42 12 30 0
IVA Richards (WI) 1974-1991 308 41 10 31 0
PA de Silva (SL) 1984-2003 401 41 11 30 0
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2021 483 41 8 23 10
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 1997-2015 652 41 13 22 6
RG Sharma (IND) 2007-2023 462 40 4 24 12
AB de Villiers (Afr/SA) 2004-2018 420 39 5 27 7
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1984-2003 460 39 17 22 0
DA Warner (AUS) 2009-2023 369 37 8 18 11
SC Ganguly (Asia/IND) 1992-2008 424 37 6 31 0
AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC) 1996-2008 396 35 7 28 0
SR Waugh (AUS) 1985-2004 493 35 14 21 0
TM Dilshan (SL) 1999-2016 497 35 4 25 6
MJ Guptill (NZ) 2009-2022 367 34 2 22 10
Yuvraj Singh (Asia/IND) 2000-2017 402 34 0 27 7
SM Pollock (Afr/ICC/SA) 1995-2008 423 34 11 22 1
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/ICC/PAK) 1991-2007 499 33 9 24 0
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2003-2021 392 32 2 19 11
M Muralidaran (Asia/ICC/SL) 1992-2011 495 32 19 13 0
V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/IND) 1999-2013 374 31 8 23 0
Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1989-2003 302 30 2 28 0
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 354 30 5 25 0
SR Watson (AUS) 2002-2016 307 29 3 17 9
SK Warne (AUS/ICC) 1992-2007 339 29 17 12 0
A Ranatunga (SL) 1982-2000 362 29 5 24 0
KS Williamson (NZ) 2010-2023 346 28 11 13 4
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2010 361 28 6 22 0
AR Border (AUS) 1978-1994 429 28 11 17 0
Q de Kock (SA) 2012-2023 289 27 4 19 4
Younis Khan (PAK) 2000-2017 408 27 10 15 2
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2015 454 27 11 16 0
CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 236 26 6 20 0
KP Pietersen (ENG/ICC) 2004-2014 277 26 10 10 6
NJ Astle (NZ) 1995-2007 308 26 1 25 0
SPD Smith (AUS) 2010-2023 321* 26 13 11 2
ME Waugh (AUS) 1988-2002 372 26 5 21 0
GD McGrath (AUS/ICC) 1993-2007 376 26 11 15 0
LRPL Taylor (NZ) 2006-2022 450 26 8 17 1
JE Root (ENG) 2012-2023 338 25 13 10 2
HM Amla (SA/World) 2004-2019 349 25 6 18 1
Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK) 1998-2010 381 25 7 18 0
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2015 442 25 11 11 3
Shoaib Malik (ICC/PAK) 1999-2021 446 25 0 19 6
R Dravid (Asia/ICC/IND) 1996-2012 509 25 11 14 0
Imran Khan (PAK) 1971-1992 263 24 11 13 0
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2004 286 24 8 16 0
RA Jadeja (IND) 2009-2023 328 24 9 12 3
GC Smith (Afr/ICC/SA) 2002-2014 347 24 12 10 2
SP Fleming (ICC/NZ) 1994-2008 396 24 7 17 0
A Symonds (AUS) 1998-2009 238 23 1 21 1
Babar Azam (PAK) 2015-2023 270 23 1 13 9
MN Samuels (WI) 2000-2018 345 23 3 14 6
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 349 23 6 17 0
Javed Miandad (PAK) 1975-1996 357 23 5 18 0
MS Atapattu (SL) 1990-2007 360 23 3 20 0
EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE) 2006-2022 379 23 0 15 8
M Azharuddin (IND) 1984-2000 433 23 5 18 0
MS Dhoni (Asia/IND) 2004-2019 538 23 2 21 0
DM Jones (AUS) 1984-1994 216 22 6 16 0
L Klusener (SA) 1996-2004 220 22 3 19 0
Sikandar Raza (ZIM) 2013-2023 225 22 2 11 9
JM Bairstow (ENG) 2011-2023 272 22 5 11 6
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/PAK) 1996-2013 343 22 2 18 2
JC Buttler (ENG) 2011-2023 344 22 1 13 8
Tamim Iqbal (BAN/ICC/World) 2007-2023 391 22 3 16 3
MD Crowe (NZ) 1982-1995 220 21 2 19 0
WJ Cronje (SA) 1992-2000 256 21 3 18 0
PR Stirling (IRE) 2008-2023 292 21 0 12 9
MEK Hussey (AUS) 2004-2013 302 21 7 11 3
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 329 21 6 15 0
MJ Clarke (AUS) 2003-2015 394 21 7 13 1
A Flintoff (ENG/ICC) 1998-2009 227 20 6 14 0
GA Gooch (ENG) 1975-1995 243 20 9 11 0
Mohammad Nabi (AFG) 2009-2023 268 20 0 6 14
MM Ali (ENG) 2014-2023 284 20 6 5 9
B Lee (AUS) 1999-2012 322 20 4 15 1
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) 2005-2023 453 20 6 10 4

Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI


PlayerSpanMatAwards
SR Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2012 463 62
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2011 445 48
V Kohli (IND) 2008-2023 292 41
JH Kallis (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2014 328 32
RT Ponting (AUS/ICC) 1995-2012 375 32
Shahid Afridi (Asia/ICC/PAK) 1996-2015 398 32
IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 187 31
SC Ganguly (Asia/IND) 1992-2007 311 31
KC Sangakkara (Asia/ICC/SL) 2000-2015 404 31
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2007 299 30
PA de Silva (SL) 1984-2003 308 30
Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1989-2003 247 28
AC Gilchrist (AUS/ICC) 1996-2008 287 28
AB de Villiers (Afr/SA) 2005-2018 228 27
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 2006-2023 247 27
Yuvraj Singh (Asia/IND) 2000-2017 304 27
NJ Astle (NZ) 1995-2007 223 25
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 238 25
TM Dilshan (SL) 1999-2016 330 25
RG Sharma (IND) 2007-2023 262 24
A Ranatunga (SL) 1982-1999 269 24
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/PAK) 1991-2007 378 24
V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/IND) 1999-2013 251 23
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2019 301 23
MJ Guptill (NZ) 2009-2022 198 22
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2010 248 22
SM Pollock (Afr/ICC/SA) 1996-2008 303 22
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1984-2003 356 22
DPMD Jayawardene (Asia/SL) 1998-2015 448 22
A Symonds (AUS) 1998-2009 198 21
ME Waugh (AUS) 1988-2002 244 21
SR Waugh (AUS) 1986-2002 325 21
MS Dhoni (Asia/IND) 2004-2019 350 21
CG Greenidge (WI) 1975-1991 128 20
MS Atapattu (SL) 1990-2007 268 20
MD Crowe (NZ) 1982-1995 143 19
Q de Kock (SA) 2013-2023 155 19
L Klusener (SA) 1996-2004 171 19
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2003-2019 218 19
Shoaib Malik (PAK) 1999-2019 287 19
DA Warner (AUS) 2009-2023 161 18
HM Amla (SA) 2008-2019 181 18
WJ Cronje (SA) 1992-2000 188 18
Javed Miandad (PAK) 1975-1996 233 18
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/PAK) 1996-2011 265 18
Mohammad Yousuf (Asia/PAK) 1998-2010 288 18
M Azharuddin (IND) 1985-2000 334 18
SR Watson (AUS) 2002-2015 190 17
LRPL Taylor (NZ) 2006-2022 236 17
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 262 17
AR Border (AUS) 1979-1994 273 17
SP Fleming (ICC/NZ) 1994-2007 280 17
DM Jones (AUS) 1984-1994 164 16
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2003 185 16
Tamim Iqbal (BAN) 2007-2023 243 16
JN Rhodes (SA) 1992-2003 245 16
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2011 268 16
B Lee (AUS) 2000-2012 221 15
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 227 15
EJG Morgan (ENG/IRE) 2006-2022 248 15
GD McGrath (AUS/ICC) 1993-2007 250 15
Younis Khan (PAK) 2000-2015 265 15
A Flintoff (ENG/ICC) 1999-2009 141 14
Aamer Sohail (PAK) 1990-2000 156 14
PD Collingwood (ENG) 2001-2011 197 14
MN Samuels (WI) 2000-2018 207 14
Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) 1986-2000 250 14
R Dravid (Asia/ICC/IND) 1996-2011 344 14
Babar Azam (PAK) 2015-2023 117 13
GR Marsh (AUS) 1986-1992 117 13
AJ Lamb (ENG) 1982-1992 122 13
NS Sidhu (IND) 1987-1998 136 13
KS Williamson (NZ) 2010-2023 165 13
Imran Khan (PAK) 1974-1992 175 13
JC Buttler (ENG) 2012-2023 178 13
MJ Clarke (AUS) 2003-2015 245 13
Saleem Malik (PAK) 1982-1999 283 13
M Muralidaran (Asia/ICC/SL) 1993-2011 350 13
JJ Roy (ENG) 2015-2023 116 12
GJ Maxwell (AUS) 2012-2023 138 12
PV Simmons (WI) 1987-1999 143 12
G Gambhir (IND) 2003-2013 147 12
PR Stirling (IRE) 2008-2023 156 12
NLTC Perera (SL) 2009-2021 166 12
RR Sarwan (WI) 2000-2013 181 12
SK Warne (AUS/ICC) 1993-2005 194 12
RA Jadeja (IND) 2009-2023 197 12
Mashrafe Mortaza (Asia/BAN) 2001-2020 220 12
GW Flower (ZIM) 1992-2010 221 12
SK Raina (IND) 2005-2018 226 12
MG Bevan (AUS) 1994-2004 232 12
WU Tharanga (Asia/SL) 2005-2019 235 12
JM Bairstow (ENG) 2011-2023 107 11
SD Hope (WI) 2016-2023 118 11
MA Starc (AUS) 2010-2023 121 11
ME Trescothick (ENG) 2000-2006 123 11
GA Gooch (ENG) 1976-1995 125 11
Sikandar Raza (ZIM) 2013-2023 136 11
K Srikkanth (IND) 1981-1992 146 11
SPD Smith (AUS) 2010-2023 155 11
SC Williams (ZIM) 2005-2023 156 11
S Dhawan (IND) 2010-2022 167 11
DC Boon (AUS) 1984-1995 181 11
MEK Hussey (AUS) 2004-2012 185 11
A Flower (ZIM) 1992-2003 213 11
N Kapil Dev (IND) 1978-1994 225 11
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2015 295 11
WPUJC Vaas (Asia/SL) 1994-2008 322 11
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 115 10
KP Pietersen (ENG/ICC) 2004-2013 136 10
DJ Bravo (WI) 2004-2014 164 10
AJ Stewart (ENG) 1989-2003 170 10
JE Root (ENG) 2013-2023 171 10
SB Styris (NZ) 1999-2011 188 10
A Jadeja (IND) 1992-2000 196 10
GC Smith (Afr/SA) 2002-2013 197 10
DR Martyn (AUS) 1992-2006 208 10
CL Cairns (ICC/NZ) 1991-2006 215 10
RB Richardson (WI) 1983-1996 224 10
AD Mathews (SL) 2008-2023 226 10
CZ Harris (NZ) 1990-2004 250 10
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) 2006-2023 265 10

Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: T20i


PlayerSpanMatAwards
V Kohli (IND) 2010-2022 115 15
Mohammad Nabi (AFG) 2010-2023 109 14
SA Yadav (IND) 2021-2023 54* 12
RG Sharma (IND) 2007-2022 148 12
Virandeep Singh (MAL) 2019-2023 67 11
Mohammad Rizwan (PAK) 2015-2023 85 11
Shadab Khan (PAK) 2017-2023 92 11
Shahid Afridi (ICC/PAK) 2006-2018 99 11
DA Warner (AUS) 2009-2022 99 11
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 2006-2023 117 11
Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2006-2021 119 11
CH Gayle (WI) 2006-2021 79 10
MJ Guptill (NZ) 2009-2022 122 10
DM Nakrani (UGA) 2019-2023 44 9
SR Watson (AUS) 2006-2016 58 9
Sikandar Raza (ZIM) 2013-2023 72 9
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG) 2010-2023 73 9
MM Ali (ENG) 2014-2023 78 9
Babar Azam (PAK) 2016-2023 104 9
PR Stirling (IRE) 2009-2023 131 9
Sami Sohail (MWI) 2019-2023 26 8
Sarfaraz Ali (BHR) 2019-2023 39 8
DJ Malan (ENG) 2017-2023 62 8
GD Phillips (NZ) 2017-2023 63 8
AJ Finch (AUS) 2011-2022 103 8
JC Buttler (ENG) 2011-2023 109 8
DA Miller (SA/World) 2010-2023 114 8
EJG Morgan (ENG) 2009-2022 115 8
AR Ramjani (UGA) 2022-2023 25 7
R Satheesan (ROM) 2019-2023 38 7
E Lewis (WI) 2016-2022 53 7
Karan KC (NEP) 2015-2023 55 7
Yuvraj Singh (IND) 2007-2017 58 7
MDKJ Perera (SL) 2013-2023 63 7
C Munro (NZ) 2012-2020 65 7
BB McCullum (NZ) 2005-2015 71 7
AB de Villiers (SA) 2006-2017 78 7
Umar Akmal (PAK) 2009-2019 84 7
GJ Maxwell (AUS) 2012-2022 98 7
Taranjeet Singh (ROM) 2021-2023 24 6
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 2006-2011 31 6
KP Pietersen (ENG) 2005-2013 37 6
Muhammad Waseem (UAE) 2021-2023 41 6
R Sandaruwan (KUW) 2019-2023 45 6
MG Erasmus (NAM) 2019-2023 47 6
Riazat Ali Shah (UGA) 2019-2023 49 6
TP Ura (PNG) 2015-2023 49 6
N Vanua (PNG) 2015-2023 51 6
RE van der Merwe (NED/SA) 2009-2022 52 6
DS Airee (NEP) 2018-2023 53 6
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2006-2014 55 6
BKG Mendis (SL) 2016-2023 55 6
PWH de Silva (SL) 2019-2023 58 6
HG Munsey (SCOT) 2015-2023 62 6
T Shamsi (SA) 2017-2023 63 6
H Ssenyondo (UGA) 2019-2023 64 6
MN Samuels (WI) 2007-2018 67 6
JM Bairstow (ENG) 2011-2023 70 6
A Zampa (AUS) 2016-2023 73 6
AD Hales (ENG) 2011-2022 75 6
TM Dilshan (SL) 2006-2016 80 6
Rashid Khan (AFG/ICC) 2015-2023 82 6
Najibullah Zadran (AFG) 2012-2023 94 6
A Balbirnie (IRE) 2015-2023 95 6
Shoaib Malik (ICC/PAK) 2006-2021 124 6
Yasir Ali (ESP) 2019-2022 27 5
N Nipiko (VAN) 2019-2023 28 5
DMW Rawlins (BER) 2019-2023 28 5
KS Leverock (BER) 2019-2023 29 5
F Damiao Couana (MOZ) 2019-2023 30 5
BFW de Leede (NED) 2018-2022 31 5
B Ward (JER) 2019-2023 31 5
CG Williams (NAM) 2019-2022 35 5
Mudassar Bukhari (NED) 2008-2016 38 5
JJ Smit (NAM) 2019-2023 38 5
BAW Mendis (SL) 2008-2014 39 5
YM Nkanya (TAN) 2022-2023 41 5
K Nassoro (TAN) 2021-2023 50 5
Zeeshan Maqsood (OMA) 2015-2023 53 5
Umar Gul (PAK) 2007-2016 60 5
S Ssesazi (UGA) 2021-2023 64 5
Imad Wasim (PAK) 2015-2023 66 5
DJG Sammy (WI/World) 2007-2017 68 5
SO Ngoche (KENYA) 2010-2023 69 5
Syed Aziz (MAL) 2019-2023 69 5
Fakhar Zaman (PAK) 2017-2023 76 5
YS Chahal (IND) 2016-2023 80 5
JP Duminy (SA) 2007-2019 81 5
NLTC Perera (ICC/SL/World) 2010-2021 84 5
RD Berrington (SCOT) 2008-2023 85 5
Mahmudullah (BAN) 2007-2022 121 5

Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: Test


PlayerSpanMatAwards
JH Kallis (ICC/SA) 1995-2013 166 23
M Muralidaran (ICC/SL) 1992-2010 133 19
Wasim Akram (PAK) 1985-2002 104 17
SK Warne (AUS) 1992-2007 145 17
KC Sangakkara (SL) 2000-2015 134 16
RT Ponting (AUS) 1995-2012 168 16
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-2000 98 14
SR Waugh (AUS) 1985-2004 168 14
SR Tendulkar (IND) 1989-2013 200 14
SPD Smith (AUS) 2010-2023 102 13
JE Root (ENG) 2012-2023 135 13
DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 1997-2014 149 13
IT Botham (ENG) 1977-1992 102 12
GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2014 117 12
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2006 131 12
Imran Khan (PAK) 1971-1992 88 11
PA de Silva (SL) 1984-2002 93 11
HMRKB Herath (SL) 1999-2018 93 11
KS Williamson (NZ) 2010-2023 94 11
SM Pollock (SA) 1995-2008 108 11
DL Vettori (ICC/NZ) 1997-2014 113 11
GD McGrath (AUS) 1993-2007 124 11
AR Border (AUS) 1978-1994 156 11
S Chanderpaul (WI) 1994-2015 164 11
R Dravid (ICC/IND) 1996-2012 164 11
MD Marshall (WI) 1978-1991 81 10
BA Stokes (ENG) 2013-2023 97 10
ML Hayden (AUS) 1994-2009 103 10
KP Pietersen (ENG) 2005-2014 104 10
V Kohli (IND) 2011-2023 111 10
Younis Khan (PAK) 2000-2017 118 10
IVA Richards (WI) 1974-1991 121 10
A Kumble (IND) 1990-2008 132 10
SCJ Broad (ENG) 2007-2023 167 10
RA Jadeja (IND) 2012-2023 67 9
MG Johnson (AUS) 2007-2015 73 9
Sir RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 86 9
DW Steyn (SA) 2004-2019 93 9
R Ashwin (IND) 2011-2023 94 9
GA Gooch (ENG) 1975-1995 118 9
Inzamam-ul-Haq (ICC/PAK) 1992-2007 120 9
AN Cook (ENG) 2006-2018 161 9
K Rabada (SA) 2015-2023 60 8
VD Philander (SA) 2011-2020 64 8
AA Donald (SA) 1992-2002 72 8
G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2004 101 8
CH Gayle (WI) 2000-2014 103 8
V Sehwag (ICC/IND) 2001-2013 104 8
JL Langer (AUS) 1993-2007 105 8
DA Warner (AUS) 2011-2023 109 8
LRPL Taylor (NZ) 2007-2022 112 8
N Kapil Dev (IND) 1978-1994 131 8
JM Anderson (ENG) 2003-2023 183 8
J Srinath (IND) 1991-2002 67 7
MEK Hussey (AUS) 2005-2013 79 7
JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1993 82 7
GS Chappell (AUS) 1970-1984 87 7
Mohammad Yousuf (PAK) 1998-2010 90 7
AC Gilchrist (AUS) 1999-2008 96 7
GP Thorpe (ENG) 1993-2005 100 7
MA Taylor (AUS) 1989-1999 104 7
SP Fleming (NZ) 1994-2008 111 7
MA Atherton (ENG) 1989-2001 115 7
MJ Clarke (AUS) 2004-2015 115 7
AJ Stewart (ENG) 1990-2003 133 7
TM Head (AUS) 2018-2023 42 6
DM Jones (AUS) 1984-1992 52 6
GP Swann (ENG) 2008-2013 60 6
CL Cairns (NZ) 1989-2004 62 6
Shakib Al Hasan (BAN) 2007-2023 66 6
MM Ali (ENG) 2014-2023 68 6
DJ Cullinan (SA) 1993-2001 70 6
MJ Slater (AUS) 1993-2001 74 6
A Flintoff (ENG/ICC) 1998-2009 79 6
RJ Shastri (IND) 1981-1992 80 6
Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) 2005-2023 86 6
KC Brathwaite (WI) 2011-2023 87 6
Waqar Younis (PAK) 1989-2003 87 6
FDM Karunaratne (SL) 2012-2023 88 6
HH Gibbs (SA) 1996-2008 90 6
M Ntini (SA) 1998-2009 101 6
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2002 102 6
Harbhajan Singh (IND) 1998-2015 103 6
CA Pujara (IND) 2010-2023 103 6
CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 108 6
WPUJC Vaas (SL) 1994-2009 111 6
SC Ganguly (IND) 1996-2008 113 6
HM Amla (SA) 2004-2019 124 6
VVS Laxman (IND) 1996-2012 134 6
GF Lawson (AUS) 1980-1989 46 5
Mushtaq Ahmed (PAK) 1990-2003 52 5
SJ Harmison (ENG/ICC) 2002-2009 63 5
UT Khawaja (AUS) 2011-2023 66 5
Abdul Qadir (PAK) 1977-1990 67 5
GW Flower (ZIM) 1992-2004 67 5
KJ Hughes (AUS) 1977-1984 70 5
CJ McDermott (AUS) 1984-1996 71 5
MP Vaughan (ENG) 1999-2008 82 5
Z Khan (IND) 2000-2014 92 5
A Ranatunga (SL) 1982-2000 93 5
TG Southee (NZ) 2008-2023 94 5
JM Bairstow (ENG) 2012-2023 95 5
M Azharuddin (IND) 1984-2000 99 5
BB McCullum (NZ) 2004-2016 101 5
Saleem Malik (PAK) 1982-1999 103 5
CH Lloyd (WI) 1966-1985 110 5
AB de Villiers (SA) 2004-2018 114 5
DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 116 5
DI Gower (ENG) 1978-1992 117 5
NM Lyon (AUS) 2011-2023 122 5
Javed Miandad (PAK) 1976-1993 124 5
SM Gavaskar (IND) 1971-1987 125 5
ME Waugh (AUS) 1991-2002 128 5
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Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI, T20i, Test


Cricket Record for Most Player-of-the-match Awards: ODI, T20i, Test

Cricket, a game of strategy and skill, often witnesses individual brilliance. The “Player of the Match” award celebrates such outstanding performances.

Interestingly, this award doesn’t always go to a player from the winning team. Sometimes, a player shines so brightly that, even in defeat, they earn this honor.

Top Cricketers with Most Player of the Match Awards

The Player of the Match award, often referred to as Man of the Match, honors the standout performer of a game.

Interestingly, there’s no official rule stating it must go to a player from the victorious side. Sometimes, a player from the defeated team shines so brightly that they earn this accolade.

1. Sachin Tendulkar: A Legacy of 76 Awards

Sachin Tendulkar, often referred to as the “God of Cricket,” tops the list with 76 awards. He clinched 14 in Tests and a staggering 62 in ODIs.

Notably, he was the “Man of the Tournament” during the 2003 World Cup. Over his 24-year career, Tendulkar accumulated more than 34,000 runs, making him the leading international run-scorer.

2. Virat Kohli: Close Behind with 63 Awards

Virat Kohli, another Indian cricketing icon, has secured 63 Player of the Match awards. His tally includes 10 in Tests, 38 in ODIs, and 15 in T20Is. Impressively, Kohli holds the record for the most awards in T20Is.

He’s also the only cricketer to be named “Man of the Tournament” in two World Cups. With 25,582 runs, Kohli stands as the second-highest run-scorer among Indians.

3. Sanath Jayasuriya: A Sri Lankan Gem with 58 Awards

Sanath Jayasuriya, a legendary Sri Lankan all-rounder, has 58 awards to his name. His contributions include 4 in Tests, 48 in ODIs, and 6 in T20Is. Jayasuriya’s career, spanning from 1989 to 2011, saw him amass 21,032 international runs.

4. Jacques Kallis: An All-Rounder’s Tale of 57 Awards

South African maestro Jacques Kallis boasts 57 awards. He’s won the most Player of the Match awards in Tests worldwide, with 23.

Kallis, often regarded as one of the finest all-rounders, scored 25,534 runs and took 577 wickets, the highest by a South African.

5. Kumar Sangakkara: Sri Lanka’s Pride with 50 Awards

Kumar Sangakkara, another Sri Lankan legend, has 50 awards. With 28,016 runs, he’s only second to Tendulkar in international runs. His awards include 16 in Tests, 31 in ODIs, and 3 in T20Is.

Top Cricketers in ODI with the Most Player of the Match Awards

While Sri Lankan southpaw Sanath Jayasuriya is second in ODI cricket player of the match awards, Sachin Tendulkar has won the most of them.

In the following list of players with the most man of the match awards in ODI cricket, Pakistani superstar Shahid Afridi ranks third, Jacques Kallis, the leader in tests, ranks fourth, and the great destroyer batter of yesteryear, King Viv, is sixth with relatively little ODIs played.

1. Sachin Tendulkar: The Master of 62 Awards

Sachin Tendulkar, often referred to as the “master blaster,” has an impressive record. In 463 ODI matches from 1989 to 2012, he clinched the Player of the Match Award 62 times.

2. Sanath Jayasuriya: The All-Rounder with 48 Awards

Sanath Jayasuriya, a renowned all-rounder, boasts an international career spanning two decades. In 445 matches between 1989-2011, he secured the award 48 times.

3. Virat Kohli: The Passionate Player with 35 Awards

Virat Kohli’s passion for cricket is evident. In 227 matches from 2008-2019, he achieved the Player of the Match Award 35 times.

4. Shahid Afridi: The Unique Talent with 32 Awards

Shahid Afridi, often called “Boom Boom” for his aggressive style, has a unique place in cricket. In 398 matches from 1996-2015, he won the award 32 times.

5. Jacques Kallis: The All-Rounder with 32 Awards

Jacques Kallis, known for his all-round prowess, has left an indelible mark. In 328 matches from 1996-2014, he won the award 32 times.

6. Ricky Ponting: The Uncompromising Player with 32 Awards

Ricky Ponting, known for his determination, has a stellar record. In 375 matches from 1995-2012, he secured the award 32 times.

7. Sir Viv Richards: The Menacing Batsman with 31 Awards

Sir Viv Richards, known for his theatrical presence, is a cricket legend. In 187 matches from 1975-1991, he achieved the award 31 times.

8. Sourav Ganguly: The Indian Captain with 31 Awards

Sourav Ganguly, one of India’s most successful captains, has a commendable record. In 311 matches from 1992-2007, he won the award 31 times.

9. Kumar Sangakkara: The Wicketkeeper-Batsman with 31 Awards

Kumar Sangakkara, a renowned wicketkeeper-batsman, has a notable record. In 404 matches from 2000-2015, he clinched the award 31 times.

10. Brian Lara: The Graceful Batsman with 30 Awards

Brian Lara, considered one of the greatest batsmen, has a remarkable record. In 299 matches from 1990-2007, he secured the award 30 times.

T20 Cricket: A Showcase of Skill and Strategy

Batters and bowlers alike don’t have the luxury of waiting around. Within this little window, athletes must display their finest abilities to guarantee their team’s victory.

T20 is interesting since it calls for a different set of skills than ODIs or Tests. Teams therefore frequently use player rotations in the T20 format.

However, there are a select few players that have the intrinsic capacity to single-handedly shift the tide of a game.

This piece highlights some of such ground-breaking developments. In this article, we will explore the world of T20 players who have won the most player of the match honours.

Mohammad Rizwan: Pakistan’s Shining Star

In 2021, Mohammad Rizwan emerged as a force to reckon with. Remarkably, he was the sole player to cross the 1000 T20I run mark that year.

As a top-order batter, Rizwan consistently gives his team a solid start. With 69 T20I innings under his belt, he’s amassed 2635 runs, boasting an average of 48.79.

His record includes one century and 23 half-centuries. Impressively, he’s bagged 11 Man of the Match awards in a short span.

Suryakumar Yadav: India’s “Mr. 360”

Drawing parallels with AB de Villiers, Suryakumar Yadav stands out as India’s unique gem. His on-field prowess is nothing short of phenomenal.

Since his debut in March 2021, he’s been unstoppable. In just 46 T20I innings, he’s scored 1675 runs at an impressive average of 46.52.

With a strike rate of 175.76, he’s already clinched 11 Man of the Match awards. Undoubtedly, more accolades await him.

Rohit Sharma: India’s Veteran Prodigy

While T20 cricket often favors the young, some seasoned pros defy this norm. Rohit Sharma stands tall among them.

With four T20I centuries to his name, including a record-equalling fastest century, he’s in a league of his own.

Playing 140 innings, he’s scored 3853 runs at an average of 31.32. His tally includes four centuries, 29 half-centuries, and 13 Man of the Match awards.

Mohammad Nabi: Afghanistan’s Pillar of Strength

Despite being relatively new to cricket, Afghanistan has produced notable T20I talents. Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi exemplifies this trend.

His stats speak volumes: 96 T20I innings, 1686 runs, and a strike rate of 140.03. Moreover, he’s taken 84 wickets. Nabi’s invaluable contributions have earned him 13 T20I Man of the Match awards.

Virat Kohli: The Master of All Formats

Few cricketers, past or present, can rival Virat Kohli’s prowess. His mastery spans all formats, making him a consistent match-winner.

Topping our list, Kohli has clinched 15 Man of the Match awards in T20Is. Playing 107 innings, he’s scored 4088 runs with an enviable average of 52.73. His record boasts one century and 37 half-centuries.

The Prestige of Man of the Match Awards in Test Cricket

Cricket cherishes its tradition of bestowing the “Man of the Match” award. This accolade goes to the standout performer, often turning the game’s tide.

Every cricketer aspires to represent their nation in Test cricket. It’s not just a game; it’s a testament to a player’s mettle.

Over the years, some players have risen above the rest. They’ve shown resilience, skill, and an uncanny ability to shine when it mattered most.

This article celebrates those who’ve bagged the most “Man of the Match” awards in Test cricket.

1. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 23 Awards in 166 Tests

Jacques Kallis, the South African all-rounder, was a force to reckon with. With bat or ball, he was the Proteas’ savior.

His batting displayed sheer determination, while his bowling often clinched vital wickets. Kallis clinched 23 awards in 166 Tests.

2. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – 19 Awards in 133 Tests

Known as the ‘smiling assassin’, Muralitharan spun webs around batsmen. His spin bowling was a spectacle, often making top batsmen falter. He secured 19 awards in 133 Tests.

3. Wasim Akram (Pakistan) – 17 Awards in 104 Tests

Wasim Akram, the “Sultan of Swing”, had a knack for reverse swing. His pace and seam movement were game-changers. Akram bagged 17 awards in 104 Tests.

4. Shane Warne (Australia) – 17 Awards in 145 Tests

Shane Warne, the legendary spinner, had batsmen dancing to his tunes. His leg spin and googlies were a class apart. Warne earned 17 awards in 145 Tests.

5. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) – 16 Awards in 134 Tests

Sangakkara, with his impeccable timing and placement, was Sri Lanka’s backbone. His partnerships, especially with Jayawardene, were iconic. He won 16 awards in 134 Tests.

6. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 16 Awards in 168 Tests

Ricky Ponting’s aggressive style and sharp tactics made him a standout. His stroke play was a treat to watch. Ponting secured 16 awards in 168 Tests.

7. Curtly Ambrose (West Indies) – 14 Awards in 98 Tests

Ambrose, with his towering presence, could dismantle any batting lineup. His pace and bounce were unmatched. Ambrose clinched 14 awards in 98 Tests.

8. Steve Waugh (Australia) – 14 Awards in 168 Tests

Steve Waugh was the epitome of mental toughness. His shot selection and adaptability were commendable. Waugh bagged 14 awards in 168 Tests.

9. Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 14 Awards in 200 Tests

Sachin, the ‘Master Blaster’, was India’s pride. His adaptability and partnerships were crucial for India. Tendulkar secured 14 awards in 200 Tests.

10. Joe Root (England) – 13 Awards in 127 Tests

Joe Root’s technique and defense were impeccable. He was England’s modern-day hero, winning 13 awards in 127 Tests.

In Conclusion

The “Player of the Match” award is more than just a title. It’s a testament to a player’s impact on the game.

These top cricketers, with their most player of the match awards, have etched their names in cricketing history. Their performances inspire budding cricketers and remind us of the game’s beauty.

It is quite remarkable to go through the history of cricket and see all the players who have won the most player of the match accolades.

The significance of these awards goes beyond mere individual excellence; they honor game-changing moments that leave an indelible impression on fans around the globe.

We are reminded of the sport’s beauty and the impact these cricketing greats have had as we honor them.

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