Cricket is the most-watched sport in India and the second-most-watched sport in the world. A plethora of cricketers started their careers from scratch and went on to carve out a reputation for themselves as successful cricketers.
On the other hand, some cricketers went on to dominate the proceedings in the majority of the matches and which is precisely the reason why they became one of the best in the business.
In the process, they are certain to win the man-of-the-match awards. In this article, let’s learn about the six players who have bagged the most man-of-the-match awards in the history of One-Day Internationals.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar stands first on this list in terms of winning the most man-of-the-match awards in the history of ODIs. The Little Master who is the leading run-scorer in ODIs bagged as many as 62 man-of-the-match awards to his name.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya was undoubtedly the best opener for Sri Lanka during the playing days of his career. The former attacking opener comes second on this list with 48 man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.
3. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is currently the best all-format batsman in the world. India’s run-scoring machine comes third on the list with as many as 38 man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.
4. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis is widely recognized as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. The former Proteas cricketer has bagged a total of 32 man-of-the-match awards in One-Day Internationals.
5. Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting thrived as a captain and batsman for the Australian cricket team in international cricket. The former Australian cricketer has bagged as many as 32 man-of-the-match awards in the 50-over format.
6. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi was the best all-rounder ever to play for the Pakistan cricket team in international cricket. The former Pakistani all-rounder has earned a total of 32 man-of-the-match awards in ODIs.