The term “Man of the Match” or “Player of the Match Award” refers to a reward awarded for exceptional performance in a match, typically in the form of money or an item. In terms of match-winning performance, the PSL is not an exception in this case. An all-around player, bowler, or batter could typically show a remarkable performance and be named the player of the match. Sometimes teams put on an impressive collective performance, making it difficult for the PSL Organisers to choose the actual winner. In that case, a player with the highest impactful performance is chosen for the Man of the match or the player of the match award.
Which player has the highest man of the match award in PSL? The Answer is Kamran Akmal and Luke Ronchi, who have the most PSL match awards.
Now, we will have a deep analysis of each of these players.
|Player||Teams||Matches||Man of the Match||Span|
|Shane Watson||IU, QG||46||6||2016-2020|
|Babar Azam||IU, KK||68||5||2016-2022|
|Rilee Rossouw||QG, MS||63||4||2017-2022|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||LQ||50||4||2018-2022|
|Sharjeel Khan||IU, KK||45||4||2016-2022|
|Usman Shinwari||KK, LQ, QG||39||4||2017-2022|
Kamran Akmal | 7 Awards
Kamran Akmal has won most man of the match awards (8) in PSL. He is the only player who won this award in each season.
We all know that Kamran Akmal has the most PSL records, next only to Babar Azam. We cannot ignore his record, which is the most PSL runs, centuries, and man of the match awards.
When setting those PSL records, Kamran and Peshawar Zalmi stayed quite close. Although he left the Peshawar Zalmi team in 2022, his records will be remembered by the fans.
Luke Ronchi | 7 Awards
Luke Ronchi played 31 PSL matches for Islamabad United. He was integral to their batting line for three seasons from 2018 to 2019.
During this period, he played some amazing innings that will be remembered in PSL history. He won seven Man of the match awards for United. In 2018, he won five awards in a single season. Below is a graphical representation of each year.
Fakhar Zaman | 6 Awards
Fakhar Zaman has been playing for Lahore Qalandars since 2017. He played 63 matches and won six Man of the match awards.
Despite only having six awards, he has played in many crucial innings. His thirty and forty runs have a more significant impact than the fifty runs of any other batter as he is known is his quick scoring.
Shane Watson | 6 Awards
Shane Watson played for two teams in four PSL seasons from 2016 to 2020. He played 46 matches and won six Men of the match awards. He was also the Player of the tournament in 2019. Shane Watson is one of the players who agree to play in Pakistan for the first time.
Babar Azam | 5 Awards
Babar Azam has a great PSL career, as he is the leading runs scorer in PSL history. He represented two teams in 67 PSL matches and won the award for five Man of the match. Babar Azam’s 63 runs inning in PSL 2020 final will be remembered, which helped KK to win their first-ever PSL title. Besides this, he won 3 best players awards this season.
Muhammad Sami | 5 Awards
The first bowler on this list is Muhammad Sami. Mostly batters are dominating and winning most awards.
Muhammad Sami has played 36 PSL games for Islamabad United and won five Man of the match awards. His best bowling figure was against Karachi Kings when he took a five-wicket haul against Karachi Kings in 2016.
Imran Tahir | 4 Awards
He is well-known among Pakistani fans for his celebrations after taking a wicket. From 2018 to 2022, he played in four PSL seasons and participated in 39 games to win four Player of the match awards.
M. Nawaz | 4 Awards
Muhammad Nawaz is playing PSL games ever since it began in 2016. His finger-swing bowling and power-hitting are helping Quetta Gladiators.
In 66 games of the PSL, he received four Man of the Match awards for his countless memorable innings for his all-round performances.
Rilee Rossouw | 4 Awards
Left-handed batter from South Africa who began his career with Quetta Gladiators in the PSL. Later, Multan Sultan’s bench chose him.
He has participated in 64 PSL games and won four best-player titles. His most memorable inning was in 2020 when he scored 100 runs against his previous team.
Shaheen Shah Afridi | 4 Awards
Shaheen is renowned for his enchanted use of the new ball in his swing. The batter has bowed against his lethal bowling during many of his memorable spells.
He has participated in every game for the Lahore Qalandars, where he has won four Payer of the Match awards. Anyone, can imagine his performances as he is the second highest wicket taker in PSL.