The player in cricket is awarded the “Man of the Match” award when he plays an outstanding innings that have won the match for his side, in drawn matches or even in losing cause which does not easily forgotten by many.
In Test cricket, the list has been led by South Africa’s Jacque Kallis, who has won 23 “Man of the Match”, four more than the second-best Muttiah Muralitharan’s 19.
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has recently won the “Man of the Match” against England in the second Test match in Chennai. So today, we look at the top five Indian players who have won the most “Man of the Match” awards.
1. Sachin Tendulkar – 14
The leading run-scorer in international cricket, India’s greatest batsman, perhaps the world’s greatest, is the leading “Man of the Match” award holder for his side with 14. He is listed ninth overall in Test cricket. He has won 14 “Man of the Match” awards in his 200 Test matches.
2. Rahul Dravid – 11
One of the finest Indian cricketers ever, Rahul “The Wall” Dravid is second on the list for most “Man of the Match” awards with 11. He has achieved this record in 164 Test matches he has represented India.
3. Anil Kumble – 10
The third-highest wicket-taker and highest for India in Test cricket with 619 wickets, Anil Kumble has won ten “Man of the Match” awards for India. Nicknamed “Jumbo”, he has led India to some outstanding victories throughout his careers. He won these awards in 132 matches.
4. Virat Kohli – 9
The modern legend Virat Kohli has won nine “Man of the Match” awards for his side. The current captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli has played some magnificent innings which earned him the “Man of the Match” awards. He achieved these nine awards in 89 innings.
5. Ravichandran Ashwin – 8 (joint)
Ravi Ashwin has recently received his eighth “Man of the Match” award in Test cricket, bringing him jointly with 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev and former Indian opener Virender Sehwag. He is the quickest Indian to win his eighth “Man of the Match” in just 76 innings in his Test cricket career.