A Man of the Match award is often rewarded to a player, who delivers impactful and match-turning performances for any team. Such cricketers are hugely valuable to their outfits as they could affect a result of any game, regardless of the magnitude of the pressure. With that, they earn the respect of their teammates and make themselves undroppable.
But very few cricketers can deliver such notable and remarkable performances consistently. As a result, only a handful of players have plenty of man of the match awards under their belt. Not only does it require immense skill and concentration, but composure and discipline. Over the years, every cricketing nation has produced only some cricketers winning man of the match awards frequently.
We take a look at the top ten cricketers to win the most man of the match awards in international cricket:
10. Aravinda de Silva – 41:
Aravinda de Silva was one of the best cricketers that Sri Lanka produced since its inception in international cricket in 1975. Aravinda de Silva played an integral role in the cricketing nation’s rise, scoring a sublime hundred in the 1996 World Cup final against Australia in Lahore to deliver Sri Lanka’s first significant victory.
Not only was de Silva a highly accomplished batsman, he was also a handy bowler. His off-spin yielded three wickets in the final before a remarkable hundred sealed the World Cup for Sri Lanka. The former national chief selector has featured in 401 international games from 1984-2003 and secured 41 awards across Tests and ODIs.