T20 World Cup: T20 cricket is a fast-moving format of the game. In the span of a few deliveries, that whole scenario gets changed. That is why most teams focus more on the shorter format of the game. T20 cricket has totally changed the dynamics of the game. Now a team can’t feel comfortable even after scoring a huge total because the team batting first can chase down any total.
Many superstars have represented their country in this format in the T20 World Cup. The one who can make an impact in a short time gets the “Man of the Match” award as well. So in this article, we will look into the list of the players who have won the most number of MOM awards, which shows the impact they had on the performance of the team.
4. Shane Watson (5 MOM awards) in 24 games
There is no doubt that Shane Watson is one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket. He opens the batting innings and also opens the bowling department. He can win you a game with both skills. That is one of the reasons that he has been the most impactful player from Australia when it comes to big matches. Watson is ranked fourth on this list but has the same number of MOM awards. The Australian all-rounder has won the “Man of the Match” award five times in just 24 matches. He won the MOM awards against Pakistan (2010), Ireland (2012), West Indies (2012), India (2012), and South Africa (2012).
3. Chris Gayle (5 MOM awards) in 33 matches
There is none in the history of cricket that has had a better impact than the big West Indian opener. At the inception of the T20 World Cup, he smashed a century in the very first game against Bangladesh in 2007. And since then, he has been unstoppable for the opposition. The left-hander has almost every record when it comes to the shorter format of the game. And, over the years, he has been phenomenal for the West Indies in this ICC event. Gayle has won five “Man of the Match” awards in 33 games. He won the MOM against South Africa (2007), Australia (2009), India (2010), Australia (2012), and England (2016).
2. Mahela Jayawardene (5 MOM awards) in 31 matches
Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka captain and one of the most fluent batsmen to have ever stepped onto a cricket field. Many questioned whether he would be suitable for this format or not, because it was considered as a game for young players. But how well he has responded to his critics. He is the highest run scorer in the tournament’s history. The former Sri Lankan skipper has also won five “Man of the Match” awards in 31 games. He won the MOM against Ireland (2009), Zimbabwe (2010), West Indies (2010), West Indies (2012), and Pakistan (2012).
1. Virat Kohli (7 Man of Match Awards) in 25 Matches
Virat Kohli finally tops this chart after playing his best inning in T20 against Pakistan in T20 World cup 2022 opening match against Pakistan. It was nearly impossible task for team India and Virat Kohli kept his nerve till the last ball.
Most Man of the Match Awards in T20 World Cup
|Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||31||5|
|Chris Gayle||West Indies||33||5|
|AB de Villiers||South Africa||30||4|
|TM Dilshan||Sri Lanka||35||4|
|M N Samuels||West Indies||20||3|