The Twenty20 format is the format of cricket where individual brilliance can easily change the outcome of a contest in this 20-over per side game. When the entire course of the game can be altered in a matter of a few overs, any individual can overshadow a complete team performance from the opposition. Today we take a look at cricketers who have delivered such performances has the most number of man of the match awards in T20 Internationals
1) Mohammad Nabi (13)
Mohammad Nabi is one of the best all-rounders in world cricket, ranked No1 in the ICC T20 all-rounder rankings. As an attacking batsman, who can score at a brisk rate and an off-spinner, who can trouble any batsman. The Afghani all-rounder is one of the major reasons behind the rise of the Afghanistan Cricket Team in the last decade. The 36-year-old has won the MoM award on 12 separate occasions from 78 games.
2) Virat Kohli (12)
The Indian skipper currently has scored the most runs in T20 internationals. Receiving 12 MoM awards from just 82 games, Virat Kohli’s batting talents have proved crucial for India. Despite having a strong batting line-up, the skipper’s contributions are vital to delivering a win. Holding amazing records in every format, the 32-year old’s importance in the team is ever-growing as years go by.
3) Shahid Afridi (11)
Even before the T20s were established, Shahid Afridi, known for his attacking cricket, was always going to be an important asset in the shortest format. Trying to smash every bowler out of the park almost every ball and combined with his bowling abilities only made things better for the team. Having won the MOM award 11 times out of 99 games, The Pakistani all-rounder has drawn the curtains on his career and made his mark in this format.
4) Rohit Sharma (10)
The opening batsman of India struggled for consistency in the early days of his career. But once found his place at the top of the batting order, he hasn’t looked back. On his day, Rohit Sharma can be the most dangerous player for the opposition. Winning the MoM award 10 times for India in his 108 games, the Indian legend in the making is on track to add many more to his name.
5) Mohammad Hafeez (10)
An opening batsman who offers a decent spin option, the 40-year old veteran has garnered plaudits for his role in the Pakistan Cricket Team in the T20 format. Usually playing with aggressive intent, the talented batsman possesses the ability to switch modes and help build an innings. Having claimed 10 MoM awards from 106 T20 Internationals, the Pakistani batsman has lead his team with exceptional individual performances.
With the formats continued growth in countries around the world, we could see the rise of more and more talents in the globe making a case for themselves. With more T20Is on its way, Let us know which cricketer impressed you the most and who has made the most impact for their nation.