[Records] Shahid Afridi: most man-of-the-match awards for Pakistan

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Shahid Afridi was ruled out of the 2013 Champions Trophy for being consistently inconsistent. The axing was a lesson for him. That is why when he returned today in Providence, Guyana, he went on the rampage. At a time when Pakistan had lost five wickets on 47 and there was a bleak prospect of the team reaching even 100, Afridi played a tremendous innings of 76 off 55. The need of the time was to stay at the crease as long as you could and play only the bad deliveries. Studded with five sixes and five fours, Afridi played an innings that he owed to the team for a long time. He played a similar innings in a recent tour of South Africa, but it proved fruitless. However, today’s innings was a nightmare for the opponents.

Saeed Anwar had the honour of achieving most man-of-the-match awards for Pakistan before Shahid Afridi (Photo: WICB)

Saeed Anwar had the honour of achieving most man-of-the-match awards for Pakistan before Shahid Afridi (Photo: WICB)

And he did not just stop there. With a low score of 224, Pakistan needed a bowling performance as well. It was Afridi again this time who bowled superbly with a personal best of seven wickets for 12 runs in nine overs. It was also the best innings by a Pakistani in ODIs. Had he taken a one more wicket, he would have broken Chaminda Vaas’ world record of eight wickets.

The performance earned Afridi the man-of-the-match award – 30th time in his 355-match career. This has made him the top Pakistani player to achieve most man-of-the-match awards. He is also among the top 10 international players to have claimed the award most of the times.

India’s Sachin Tendulkar has claimed most man-of-the-match awards in the one-day history. His tally was 62 and nobody is close to him in this regard. Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya was second 48 awards. The complete list can be seen below:

Players achieving most man-of-the-match awards in ODIs

Name Country Career Matches Awards
Sachin Tendulkar بھارت India 1989-2012 463 62
Sanath Jayasuriya سری لنکا Sri Lanka 1989-2011 445 48
Jacques Kallis جنوبی افریقہ South Africa 1996-2012 321 32
Ricky Ponting آسٹریلیا Australia 1995-2012 375 32
Viv Richards ویسٹ انڈیز West Indies 1975-1991 187 31
Sourav Ganguly بھارت India 1992-2007 311 31
Brian Lara ویسٹ انڈیز West Indies 1990-2007 299 30
Aravinda de Silva سری لنکا Sri Lanka 1984-2003 308 30
Shahid Afridi پاکستان Pakistan 1996-to date 355 30
Saeed Anwar پاکستان Pakistan 1989-2003 247 28

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