Updated: 27 August 2023
World Cup 2023: 10 Most Man Of The Match Awards Won By Indian Players In ODIs. Indian Cricket has witnessed so many match-winning performances from some of the highly rated players from the past and modern-day cricket. These players were big game players and it was their strong temperament and resolve to perform during critical situations that made them match-winners in the limited-overs format. ODI World Cup 2023 is scheduled to play from 5 Oct to 19 Nov in India across 10 venues. In this piece, we discuss Indian cricketers who won the most man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.
The players mentioned in the list differed in temperament, their ability to review a particular situation, and their adaptability to different playing conditions but they were at the top of their game when the team needed them the most. We take a look at those players who won the most man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.
1 Sachin Tendulkar
Arguably one of the greatest match-winners and legendary figures in global sporting history. The “Master Blaster” took India home single-handedly with some of the most classic knocks. His 200 against South Africa in Gwalior in February 2010 & 143 against Australia in April 1998 in Sharjah were pure class. The former right-hander won 62 Man of the Match awards in 463 ODIs in his 24-year-old playing career.
2 Virat Kohli
After Tendulkar modern-day great Virat Kohli has amazed the fans with his aggression and intense cricket. The 34-year-old has played some of the best knocks in ODI’s including the ones against Sri Lanka during the tri-series in Australia in February 2012 & against Pakistan in Bangladesh during the 2012 Asia Cup in March 2012. The former skipper has so far won 38 MoM awards in 275 ODIs.
3 Sourav Ganguly
The ‘Prince of Kolkata’ as he was fondly called during his playing career has played some outstanding innings in ODIs. His 183 against Sri Lankan in the 1999 ICC World Cup and 141 against South Africa in the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy in Kenya are some of his finest. The former skipper was known for his elegant timing and cover drives. The former left-hander won 31 MoM on 311 ODIs.
4 Yuvraj Singh
The former left-hander is undoubtedly one of the finest ODI players in cricketing history. Had he not suffered a life-threatening disease like cancer he would have scored more runs. The stylish & charismatic left-hander was a combination of elegance, effortless timing & power. The Chandigarh born played some magnificent knocks in ODIs.
His 138 against England in November 2008 in Rajkot was remarkable while his 138 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2004 against Australia was another brilliant knock. He won 27 MoM awards in 304 ODIs.
5 Virender Sehwag
The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ would blast the best bowling lineups on his day. The former opener gave India flying starts. His 108 against Pakistan’s fine-pace attack at Kochi was absolutely brilliant. His 216 against West Indies at Indore in 2011 was also magnificent. The former right-hander won 23 MoM awards in 251 ODIs.
6 Rohit Sharma
The ‘Hitman’ is a stylish right-hander whose batting has been a mix of effortless timing and lazy elegance. The India skipper has played some sensational knocks. The right-hander’s 209 against Australia in 2013 in Bangalore was a treat to watch. Rohit Sharma is the only Indian batsman to register two double hundreds in ODIs. His unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka in 2017 was another classy knock. He won 21 MoM awards in 244 ODIs.
7 MS Dhoni
‘Mahi’ would be considered India’s best finisher of all time. The former wicket-keeper batsman & India skipper batted at no 6 or 7 playing some spectacular knocks. His unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005 Jaipur was a whirlwind knock. In the same year in April 2005, MS Dhoni played another cracker scoring 183 against Pakistan at Vizag. Dhoni won 21 MoM awards in 350 ODIs.
8 Mohammad Azharuddin
The Hyderabad-born and former India skipper was one of the best timers during the 1980s & 1990s. His wristy flicks were effortless as the former middle-order batter had this amazing ability to find the gaps. His 100 against Pakistan in January 1998 in Bangladesh in the Silver Jubilee Cup showcased his tough temperament. He won 18 MoM awards in his ODI career.
9 Rahul Dravid
“The Wall” as he was fondly called always stood out as far as his tough character and strong temperament were concerned as he managed to bail the team out of crisis. His 153 against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1999 showcased his grit to fight after India was 10/1. The former right-hander scored over ten thousand runs in tests as well as ODIs. He won 14 MoM awards in his ODI career.
10 Gautam Gambhir
The former India opener was aggressive in his approach when he played and his never say die attitude was his biggest strength. The former left-hander’s unbeaten 150 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens was a demonstration of his solid temperament. India was 23/2 while chasing 315 but Gambhir didn’t panic.
During the 2011 World Cup final also, Gambhir played a similar knock of 97 when India was 31/2 chasing 275 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The left-hander won 12 MoM awards in his ODI career.