As we are currently in the 7th edition of the T20 World Cup, we look at the 5 players who have received the most man of the match (MOM) awards in all editions combined.
There are players who have consistently performed well, not just in the T20Is, but also at the biggest stage of the shortest format – the T20 World Cups.
So we look at 5 such players who have won the Man of the Match awards for the most number of times, through their match-defining performances time and again.
Most MOM Awards in T20
#5 – AB de Villiers (RSA – 4 times in 30 matches)
Mr. 360 degrees has had a wonderful international career, although it ended abruptly. However, he has been a constant performer for the Proteas in the T20 World Cups.
Suffice to say that when we look at South Africa’s current batting order, a certain ABD is definitely being missed.
#4 – Mahela Jayawardene (SL – 5 times in 31 matches)
The ex-Sri Lankan skipper and Mumbai Indians coach was a stalwart for the island nation in T20 World Cups. He has put in match-winning performances on 5 different occasions.
He was one of the major reasons Sri Lanka made to 3 finals in the first 5 editions, finally lifting the trophy in 2014.
#3 – Chris Gayle (WI – 5 times in 28 matches)
The WI legend is there in all the top lists of T20 batters. He has been a phenomenon in this format! Apart from nailing it in T20 leagues around the world, The Universe Boss also has been awarded the Player of the Match on 5 different occasions for the men in maroon.
#2 – Shane Watson (AUS – 5 times in 24 matches)
The burly all-rounder has had an illustrious career in white-ball cricket. He took to T20 cricket so well right from the start of his career.
For Australia, he has done phenomenally well in the T20 World Cups. That he has won 5 Man of the Match awards is a testament to his contributions.
#1 – Virat Kohli (IND – 5 times in 16 matches)
4 players out of 5 in this list have won the award same number of times, but it’s the Indian skipper who has done it in the least number of matches.
Kohli needs no introduction anyway, but his records in the T20 World Cups are just unheard of! Can he add to this tally and be a clear frontrunner? We shall wait and see.
So these are the 5 top players who have won the most MOM awards in T20 World Cups.