Most Man of the Match in T20 World Cups

Most Man Of The Match In T20 World Cup: T20 cricket is a fast-paced format where the game situation can change quickly in just a few deliveries. That’s why most teams focus more on this shorter format compared to the longer versions. T20 cricket has completely transformed the sport, making it very exciting.

Now, even teams batting first don’t feel safe after scoring big totals, as the chasing team can reach any target.The T20 World Cup allows star players to shine and make a big impact in a short time.

The “Man of the Match” award is given to the player who performs exceptionally well and influences the team’s victory.In this article, we will look at the list of players who have won the most Man of the Match awards in T20 World Cups

Most Man of the Match in T20 World Cups

PlayerCountryMatInnsOversAwards
V Kohli*India27255.47
D P M D JayawardeneSri Lanka313105
C H Gayle*West Indies333135.45
S R WatsonAustralia242275.25
Shahid AfridiPakistan34321354
T M DilshanSri Lanka35349.34
A B de VilliersSouth Africa302904
Shakib Al Hasan*Bangladesh3635129.13
L J WrightEngland2220103
S T JayasuriyaSri Lanka181831.53
A D Mathews*Sri Lanka292274.23
R Ashwin*India248853
J C Buttler*England272703
Sikandar Raza*Zimbabwe1414333
A Zampa*Australia144503
M N SamuelsWest Indies201927.43
Yuvraj SinghIndia312831.43
Umar GulPakistan24882.43
D J G SammyWest Indies251844.43
K P PietersenEngland151513

1#. Virat Kohli – 7 Times

Virat Kohli holds the record for bagging the most Player of the Match awards in T20 World Cup history. Virat Kohli, the former Indian cricket captain, has had an exceptional run in T20 World Cups. He has played in the last three editions (2014, 2016, and 2022) and was named the Player of the Tournament in 2016 and 2022.

Remarkably, Kohli has won the Man of the Match award 7 times across these T20 World Cup matches. In just 16 innings, Kohli has scored 777 runs at an average of 86.33, in the shortest format.

Most Man of the Match in T20 World Cups

Here are the matches where Kohli won the Man of the Match award in T20 World Cups:

2012 World Cup vs. Afghanistan: Kohli scored a brilliant fifty, earning him the first Man of the Match award.

2012 World Cup vs. Pakistan: Kohli scored 78 runs without getting out and took a wicket at the R Premadasa Stadium, helping India win and earning him MOM award.

2014 World Cup vs. South Africa: Kohli scored 72 runs without getting out, from just 35 balls, against a strong South African team. This earned him the Man of the Match award.

2016 World Cup vs. Pakistan: Kohli’s unbeaten 55 at Eden Gardens Stadium guided India to a win, and he was adjudged the Man of the Match.

2016 World Cup vs. Australia: During match with australia Kohli 82 at the Mohali Stadium in Mumbai was instrumental in India’s victory, earning him the award.

2022 World Cup vs. Pakistan: Kohli’s sensational 82* off 53 balls in a high-pressure match against Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground won him the Man of the Match award.

2022 World Cup vs. Bangladesh: Kohli’s 64 off 44 balls helped India chase down a target of 145, securing him the Man of the Match award in Adelaide.

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#2. Mahala Jayawardene – 5 Times

 Mahala Jayawardene - won 5 Times man of matches in T20 World Cup

Mahela Jayawardene, the legendary Sri Lankan batsman, had an exceptional record in T20 World Cups. He won 5 Man of the Match awards and scored 1,016 runs in 31 innings, making him the highest run-scorer in the tournament’s history.

However, Virat Kohli recently broke Jayawardene’s record during the 2022 T20 World Cup. Kohli now has 1,141 runs in 27 innings across T20 World Cups, surpassing Jayawardene’s tally.Let’s look at the matches where Jayawardene won the Man of the Match award:

  1. 2009 T20 World Cup vs Ireland: Scored 78 runs at Lord’s.
  2. 2010 T20 World Cup vs Zimbabwe: Scored his first T20 World Cup century (100 runs).
  3. 2010 T20 World Cup vs West Indies: Scored an unbeaten 98 runs.
  4. 2012 T20 World Cup vs New Zealand: Scored an unbeaten 65 runs.
  5. 2012 T20 World Cup vs Pakistan: Scored a vital 42 runs in Colombo.

3#. Shane Watson – 5 Times MOM

Shane Watson, the former Australian all-rounder, was very powerful in T20 World Cups. He won the Man of the Match award five times in different editions. Watson’s all-round performance was crucial for Australia’s success. In 22 innings at T20 World Cups, he scored 537 runs and took 22 wickets, showing his skill in both batting and bowling.

Shane Watson - 5 Times MOM in T20 World Cup
  1. 2010 T20 World Cup vs. Pakistan (Daren Sammy Stadium)
    Watson’s 81 runs guided Australia to victory, securing him the first Man of the Match award.
  2. 2012 T20 World Cup vs. Ireland (R. Premadasa Stadium)
    A brilliant all-round display of 51 runs and 2 wickets earned Watson the second Man of the Match award.
  3. 2012 T20 World Cup vs. West Indies (R. Premadasa Stadium)
    An unbeaten 41 runs and 2 crucial wickets led to Watson’s third Man of the Match award in the same tournament.
  4. 2012 T20 World Cup vs. India (R. Premadasa Stadium)
    Watson’s match-winning performance of 72 runs and 3 wickets earned him the fourth Man of the Match honor.
  5. 2012 T20 World Cup vs. South Africa (R. Premadasa Stadium)
    In a remarkable display, Watson scored 70 runs and took 2 wickets, securing his fifth and final Man of the Match award in T20 World Cups.

#4. Chris Gayle – 5 Times

Chris Gayle, the legendary West Indian opener known as the “Universe Boss,” has been a powerful player in T20 World Cups. He has won 5 Man of the Match awards in T20 world Cups.

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matches where Gayle’s heroics earned him the most Man of the Match award:

  1. 2007 World T20 vs South Africa: Gayle’s first T20 World Cup century (117 runs) powered West Indies to victory.
  2. 2009 World T20 vs Australia: An 88-run knock against the mighty Aussies at the Oval in London.
  3. 2010 World T20 vs West Indies: A brilliant 98 not out and a wicket sealed the Man of the Match award.
  4. 2012 World T20 vs Australia: An unbeaten 75 guided West Indies to a comfortable win.
  5. 2016 World T20 vs England: Gayle’s second T20 World Cup century (100* off 48 balls) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Who is the player with the most man of the match awards in t20 world cup?

Virat Kohli of India has won the most Man of the Match awards in T20 World Cup history with 7 awards.

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