With 21 Man of the Match trophies, Chris Gayle has the most man of the match in IPL so far.
IPL Most Man of the Match Titles
|Rank||Name||Team||No. of Man of the Match Awards|
|1||AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||23|
|2||Chris Gayle||Kings XI Punjab||22|
|3||Rohit Sharma||Mumbai Indians||18|
|4||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||17|
|5||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||Chennai Super Kings||17|
|6||Yusuf Pathan||Sunrisers Hyderabad||16|
|7||Shane Watson||Chennai Super Kings||16|
|8||Suresh Raina||Chennai Super Kings||14|
|9||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||13|
|10||Ajinkya Rahane||Delhi Capitals||12|
|11||Gautam Gambhir||Delhi Capitals (Retd)||12|
|12||Michael Hussey||Chennai Super Kings||12|
|13||Andre Russel||Kolkata Knight Riders||11|
|14||Amit Mishra||Delhi Capitals||11|
|15||Dwyane Smith||Gujarat Lions||11|
Man of the Match is awarded to the one player who played exceptionally in a match and turns the course of the game on its head. It signifies that the player receiving it has impacted the course of the game in a major way out of the twenty-two playing. It is an honor to receive the Man of the Match award. It stands testimonial to the outstanding performance which turned out to be the deciding factor in a game.
Getting a Man of the Match award in a tournament such as the IPL which involves the best of the best across the world signifies the caliber of the awardee. This is because of the glamour of IPL, the added crowd pressure in the jam-packed Indian grounds, and being tested against the best in the world, which adds to the prestige of the IPL man of the Match Awards.
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Unarguably Chris Gayle is a match-winner. Once the big West Indian gets going there is simply no stopping him. And he has certainly turned the game on its head many times. Another superstar of modern-day cricket, AB de Villiers is second in the list with a total of 20 Man of the Match awards to his name.
David Warner too has fired some fireworks in the Indian Premier League which has earned him third place in the list of highest man of the match in IPL with 17 awards. Not surprisingly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma also have their names up there with the same number of trophies as David Warner.
Some call him the first star of IPL, and deservingly so because Yusuf Pathan has won 16 MoM awards in IPL over the years. Shane Watson has won 15 MoM awards thanks to his exceptional all-around talent. CSK’s Suresh Raina has 14 awards to his name.