Player of the match award is given to that player who delivered match winning performance that helped his team to win. It is very hard for bowlers to get their hands on this award but on the other hand, it is very easy for batsmen. In this article, we will see the top 5 players with the most player of the match awards in cricket.
#5 Kumar Sangakkara
Former Sri Lankan captain, Kumar Sangakkara is at No.5 on our list. Sangakkara had 50 players of the match awards in his career. He was one of the finest batsmen of his time and no doubt he has delivered some incredible match-winning performances in his career.
#4 Jacques Kallis
Former South African all-rounder and probably one of the best all-rounders in cricket’s history, Jacques Kallis was a lethal match-winner for South Africa. He was a perfect all-rounder who can win matches with both batting and bowling. Kallis had 57 players of the match awards in his career.
#3 Sanath Jayasuriya
We have another Sri Lankan veteran on our list. It’s Sanath Jayasuriya who is at No.3 on our list. Jayasuriya was also part of that Sri Lankan team that saw great heights in cricket. Jayasuriya was also an all-rounder and that’s why he had 58 players of the match awards in his career.
#2 Virat Kohli
Former Indian skipper and one of the best in this modern-day cricket, Virat Kohli is a pure match-winner for India since his debut. Virat is a world-class player and his performance enhances when pressure builds over him and that is the reason behind his success. Virat has now 59 players of the match awards in his career so far.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar
Both the No.1 and No.2 spots are occupied by Indians and it is the god himself on the top, Sachin Tendulkar who had 76 players of the match awards in his career. His awards are the highest by any cricketer in the history of the game.