The recently-concluded ICC World Test Championship [WTC] witnessed a plethora of amazing individual performances, one that whetted the appetite of cricket fans around the world,
From Steve Smith’s redemption in the 2019 Ashes to Ben Stokes Headingley heroics; from Rohit Sharma’s masterly 161 on a rank turner in Chennai to Ravichandran Ashwin’s heroics in Australia and at home; from Rishabh Pant’s match-winning knocks in Brisbane and Ahmedabad to Joe Root’s double tons in Sri Lanka and India; from Pat Cummins performances in England and against India on home soil to Kyle Jameison’s whirlwind debut in International cricket, the WTC witnessed a lot of memorable performances.
On that note, here’s a look at cricketers with the most number of Player of the Match awards in WTC 2019-21.
ICC WTC 2019-21: 4 Players With Most Player Of The Match Awards In The Tournament
Steve Smith- 3
Steven Smith kickstarted his World Test Championship campaign with a bang as he smashed back-to-back tons in the first Ashes Test in 2019 which helped Australia breach the English fortress in Edgbaston.
Smith smashed a 144 in the first innings to lift Australia from a hopeless 8/122 to a competitive score of 284.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the champion batsman smashed a 207-ball 142 in the second to help Australia win the Test match by 251 runs.
Needless to say, he was named the ‘Player Of the Match’.
Smith backed up with heist at Edgbaston with yet another match-winning performance I the 4th Test at Old Trafford in Manchester as he smashed a masterly double ton (211) and a whirlwind 92-ball 82 to ensure Australia retained the urn as he picked up his 2nd ‘Player Of the Match’ award.
Following his exploits in the 2019 Ashes, Steve Smith went 8 Tests without a three-figure score.
He was troubled by Neil Wagner and R. Ashwin during the 2019 and 2020 home summer with the leg side ploy but the former Aussie skipper eventually shrugged off his barren run during the New Year Test in Sydney earlier this year.
Smith scored a brilliant 131 in the first innings and followed it up with an 81 in the second and even though Australia failed to win the Test match, the right-hander picked up his 3rd ‘Player Of the Match’ award in the WTC cycle.