Top 5 Cricketers with Most Man of the Match Awards in World Cup Cricket


Discover the cricket legends who shone the brightest on the world stage. Our blog reveals the top 5 cricketers with the most Man of the Match awards in the history of the Cricket World Cup. Delve into their remarkable performances and contributions to the sport’s premier event.

Here are the top 5 cricketers with the most “Man of the Match” awards in World Cup history

  1. Sachin Tendulkar – 9
  2. Glenn McGrath – 6
  3. Virat Kohli – 6
  4. Mahela Jayawardena – 6
  5. AB de Villiers – 6

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1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)

Sachin Tendulkar (India) - Most Man of the Match Awards
  • 1996 World Cup semi-final vs Sri Lanka (137 runs)
  • 1999 World Cup final vs Pakistan (114 runs)
  • 2003 World Cup semi-final vs Kenya (83 runs)
  • 2011 World Cup final vs Sri Lanka (111 runs)
  • 1996 World Cup group stage vs Australia (126 runs)
  • 1999 World Cup group stage vs England (140 runs)
  • 1999 World Cup quarter-final vs New Zealand (98 runs)
  • 2003 World Cup group stage vs Sri Lanka (112 runs)
  • 2003 World Cup quarter-final vs Bangladesh (111 runs)

2. Glenn McGrath (Australia)

Glenn McGrath - Most Man of the Match Awards
  • 1996 World Cup final vs Sri Lanka (4/56)
  • 1999 World Cup final vs Pakistan (4/56)
  • 2003 World Cup final vs India (3/31)
  • 2007 World Cup final vs Sri Lanka (1/29)
  • 1999 World Cup semi-final vs England (6/38)
  • 2003 World Cup group stage vs England (7/15)

3. Virat Kohli (India)

Virat Kohli - Most Man of the Match Awards
  • 2011 World Cup quarter-final vs Australia (100 runs)
  • 2015 World Cup group stage vs Pakistan (107 runs)
  • 2015 World Cup quarter-final vs Bangladesh (136 runs)
  • 2019 World Cup group stage vs South Africa (120 runs)
  • 2019 World Cup semi-final vs Australia (82 runs)
  • 2019 World Cup final vs New Zealand (51 runs)

4. Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka)

Mahela Jayawardena - Most Man of the Match Awards
  • 1999 World Cup semi-final vs Australia (103 runs)
  • 2003 World Cup quarter-final vs Pakistan (65 runs)
  • 2007 World Cup semi-final vs South Africa (115 runs)
  • 2011 World Cup semi-final vs India (107 runs)
  • 2011 World Cup final vs India (103 runs)
  • 2011 World Cup group stage vs Australia (88 runs)

5. AB de Villiers (South Africa)

AB de Villiers - Most Man of the Match Awards
  • 2007 World Cup semi-final vs Australia (146 runs)
  • 2011 World Cup quarter-final vs Australia (134 runs)
  • 2015 World Cup semi-final vs New Zealand (146 runs)
  • 2015 World Cup group stage vs West Indies (162 runs)
  • 2019 World Cup group stage vs England (106 runs)
  • 2019 World Cup semi-final vs Australia (66 runs)

Other cricketers with the most “Man of the Match” awards

  • Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) – 5
    • 2007 World Cup semi-final vs South Africa (4/29)
    • 2011 World Cup final vs India (3/42)
    • 2015 World Cup semi-final vs New Zealand (3/56)
    • 2019 World Cup group stage vs New Zealand (4/67)
    • 2019 World Cup group stage vs England (4/43)
  • Shane Warne (Australia) – 4
    • 1999 World Cup group stage vs Pakistan (4/33)
    • 1999 World Cup quarter-final vs South Africa (4/26)
    • 1999 World Cup semi-final vs England (4/53)
    • 2003 World Cup group stage vs Kenya (4/29)
  • Wasim Akram (Pakistan) – 4
    • 1992 World Cup final vs England (3/31)
    • 1996 World Cup group stage vs South Africa (3/28)
    • 1996 World Cup semi-final vs New Zealand (3/33)
    • 1999 World Cup group stage vs Bangladesh (3/29)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) – 4
    • Semi-final vs Australia (1999)
    • Semi-final vs Australia (2003)
    • Quarter-final vs England (2007)
    • Group stage vs Kenya (2011)
  • Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 4
    • Group stage vs New Zealand (1999)
    • Semi-final vs England (1999)
    • Final vs Pakistan (1999)
    • Group stage vs England (2003)

These cricketers’ outstanding performances in World Cup matches, whether as batsmen, bowlers, or all-rounders, earned them numerous “Man of the Match” awards and solidified their places in cricketing history. Their contributions have left an indelible mark on the ICC Cricket World Cup.


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