The Man of the Series award underlines just how valuable a player has been to their side but who has recorded the most wins in all three of cricket’s formats?
If you just want to skip to the toplists, click below:
- Top 10 Most Man of the Series in ODI
- Top 10 Most Man of the Series in T20I
- Top 10 Most Man of the Series in Test Cricket
- Top 10 Most Man of the Series Combined ODI+T20I+Test
Player of the Series Awards
One of the reasons why a Player of the Series award is so prestigious lies in the fact that it is often awarded by the opposing team. By naming the winner, they are effectively saying that this player has given them the most problems.
The charts will be updated as more awards are made but there will be some familiar names in all formats.
Most Man of the Series in ODI Cricket as of 2021
1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Some say that he’s the greatest batsman of all time and that may well be the case in ODI cricket at least. Sachin Tendulkar won the man of the series award 15 times and his career includes a rare double hundred in this format – made against South Africa in 2010.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
The powerful Sri Lankan left hander notched up 11 Player of the Series awards in 445 One Day Internationals. His 13,430 runs included a highest score of 189 against India in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2000.
Jayasuriya also bowled useful left arm spin and claimed 323 ODI wickets.
3. Virat Kohli (India)
Of those who are still playing the game, Virat Kohli has the most realistic chance of catching Sachin Tendulkar. India’s ODi skipper has won nine Man of the Series awards to date with over 12,000 runs and a best of 183.
4. Shaun Pollock (South Africa)
As an all rounder, South Africa’s Shaun Pollock had chances to get on this list through his batting and his bowling. After 303 ODIs and nine man of the series awards, he had scored 3,519 runs and taken 393 wickets.
Pollock’s best of 6/35 came against the West Indies in 1999.
5. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
The Master Blaster, Chris Gayle is one of the most explosive limited overs batters in history.
The powerful left hander secured eight Man of the Series awards with over 10,000 ODI runs. His best effort came with a brilliant 215 in the 2015 World Cup as he became the first man to score a double century in the competition.
6. Viv Richards (West Indies)
There were fewer ODIs in Viv Richards’ time so his total of seven Man of the Series awards is an impressive one. His achievements include an undefeated 189 from just 170 balls against England in 1984.
7. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
In a relatively short limited overs career, Amla won seven Man of the Series awards with over 8,000 runs and a best of 159 against Ireland at the 2015 World Cup.
8. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Another all rounder, Shakib Al Hasan is capable of winning Man of the Series awards with both bat and ball. In 215 ODIs to date, the Bangladesh international has won 7 of those awards.
Batting-wise, he has 6,600 runs with a best of 134 against Canada in 2007. Shakib also has 277 ODI wickets with best figures of 5/29.
9. Yuvraj Singh (India)
He’ll always be remembered for six sixes in an over in the T20 format but Yuvraj Singh could be a destroyer in ODIs too. The left hander scored more than 8,700 runs with 14 centuries and a best of 150 against England in 2017.
With his left arm spin, he also claimed 111 wickets with a best of 5/31.
10. Sourav Ganguly (India)
India’s leader through some of their best years, Sourav Ganguly won seven Man of the Series awards in 311 ODIs. His 11,363 runs includes no fewer than 22 hundreds and a best of 183 at the 1999 World Cup.
Most Man of the Series in T20I Cricket as of 2021
1. Virat Kohli (India)
The first man to appear in two separate lists, Virat Kohli has the most Man of the Series awards in T20 internationals. His seven awards from 37 series to date have been down to a tally of 3159 runs with a best of 94.
2. Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s Babar Azam is a technically gifted player but clearly he can be explosive. In 21 T20i series he’s won five awards so he has a genuine chance of catching Virat Kohli.
With over 2,200 runs to date, Babar’s best of 122 came against South Africa in April 2021.
3. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Another man to be included in the first two sections, Shakib Al Hasan has four awards from 31 series. He’s scored over 1700 runs and his 106 wickets includes a best of 5/20 against West Indies in 2018.
4. Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)
Mohammad Hafeez also has four awards but has a lower ratio as they came from 44 T20i series. He made over 2,400 runs with a best of 99 and also took 60 wickets in the format.
5. Quinton de Kock (South Africa)
The explosive wicket keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock slots in with three Man of the Series awards in 33 attempts. He currently has 1758 runs with 11 half centuries and a best of 79.
6. Glenn Maxwell (Australia)
The Big Show: Glenn Maxwell can turn it on with the ball and has 31 T20i wickets. But it’s his batting, with 1780 runs and a best of 145 that has landed three awards in 28 series.
7. David Miller (South Africa)
A powerful left handed batsman, David Miller has three Man of the Series awards in 37 outings. He has more than 1740 T20i runs to date with a best of 101.
8. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Boom Boom Afridi was one of the most entertaining players of his generation. Afridi scored more than 1400 runs and took 98 wickets as he claimed three awards in 42 series.
9. Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)
In 45 attempts, Shoaib Malik won Man of the Series three times. Like Afridi, he was a useful all rounder, scoring 2,335 runs and taking 28 wickets.
Most Man of the Series in Test Cricket as of 2021
1. Muthiah Muralidaran (Sri Lanka)
As a bowler who couldn’t really bat, it’s a fantastic achievement for Muthiah Muralidaran to be at the top of the list for test cricket.
The spinner finished with an incredible 800 wickets with a best of 9/51 against Zimbabwe in 2002.
2. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Possibly the best all rounder the game has ever seen, Jacques Kallis claimed nine Man of the Series awards in 61 attempts. His most notable feat must surely be the fact that he scored an incredible 45 hundreds in the format with a best of 224.
3. Imran Khan (Pakistan)
Another brilliant all rounder, Imran Khan is credited with inventing the phenomenon that is ‘reverse swing’. He claimed 362 wickets in just 88 tests and also scored 3,807 runs with six centuries.
4. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
He’s known mainly for his bowling but R Ashwin also has five test centuries to his name. It’s those 413 wickets with a best of 7/59 that have earned the spinner eight Man of the Series awards in 31 outings.
5. Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand)
New Zealand’s greatest all rounder earned eight awards in 33 test series.
Hadlee was more successful with the ball, taking 431 wickets with a best of 9/52 but he also made two test hundreds with the bat.
Most Man of the Series – Combined Test, ODI and T20I
To finish things off, here comes a chart of those who have claimed most Player of the Series awards in a combination of tests, ODIs and T20is. By looking at this, we can make a judgement on who is the best multi-format player of all time.
|Name||Active years||Series||Test Awards||ODI Awards||T20I Awards||Total|
|Shakib Al Hasan||2006-2021||131||5||7||4||16|
|Last updated: 01.10.2021.|