Top 5 cricketers with the most Man of the Match award in Test cricket
Test cricket is the oldest form of the game. Teams compete for five days in a real test of their character, skills, and consistency. Winning the Player of the Match award in Test cricket is no easy feat.
When players struggle to win it even once, we have few of the most decorated players of all time who've won the award on quite a few occasions.
Only one Indian cricketer feature in the list of top 10 players with the most Player of the Match awards in Test match cricket at the moment.
Here we rank down the top 5 men who've won the Player-of-the-match awards the most number of times in test cricket.
#5 Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting
Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting have won the award on 16 occasions. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, the elegant wicketkeeper-batsman from Sri Lanka has played in 134 tests and scored 12,400 runs at an average of over 57.
In his legendary career, Sangakkara has scored 38 centuries in Test cricket and was the shining star of the golden generation of Sri Lankan cricket. His number of centuries and runs make him the most prolific Sri Lankan batsman of all time and the most prolific wicketkeeper-batsman in Test cricket history.
Right alongside Sangakkara is the retired former skipper of Australia, Ricky Ponting. Ricky Ponting was one of the most influential figures in his day and his contribution to the side was way more than just scoring tons of runs.
Apart from being such a great batsman, he was a great leader as well. In a period when cricket Australia battered opposition with ease, Ponting was the man behind it. Ponting has played in 168 Tests for Australia and scored well over 13000 runs.