The Man of the Tournament Award was based on a rating system which was later renamed as “Most Valuable Player” award in the year 2013. It was given to the player with the highest rating.
We have seen many cricketers begging this prestigious award in IPL over the years. The IPL has also seen some of the exceptional performances. But the overseas cricketers have ruled the tournament with this award as it is won by only two Indians. Listed here are the Most Valuable Players in all ten seasons.
- Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) – 2008
The all-around performance of Watson was important as it helped Rajasthan to pick the first ever title in IPL. He is flexible with both the ball and bat and he helped a Jaipur-based team a lot. He scored 472 runs with the bat averaging 47.20 and 151.76 of strike rate.
He took 17 wickets with a ball in hand with the unmatched figures of 3/10. His economy was over 7 even after bowling at the death overs and in the powerplay.
- Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers Hyderabad) – 2009
The Australian batsman and wicketkeeper have cemented his unbreakable stance in the IPL in 2009 as second highest run-getter. With the bat, he scored 495 runs at a strike rate of 152.30 and average of 30.39 in the tournament. It was unbreakable for other players.
He also managed to live up to his presence behind the stumps along with it and affected 18 dismissals. His team has also won their maiden IPL trophy.
- Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians) – 2010
The master blaster was the first Indian cricketer who won this award. He smashed 618 runs at decent 47.53 on average and he became tournament’s highest-run getter. With his presence, Mumbai Indians also reached the final and eventually grabbed the trophy.
- Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 2011
The Windies giant took the IPL stages by storm when he came back to IPL as a replacement. At the auctions, Gayle, unfortunately, remained unsold when he was out of Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad.
Gayle emerged as the highest run scorer and finished the season. With a hard-hitting strike rate of 183.13 and average of 67.55, the Jamaican giant scored 608 runs. The southpaw struck two surprising hundreds and racked 44 sixes, i.e. 21 more than another best. Even though RCB couldn’t manage to win the title, it was still the best season for Gayle.
- Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 2012
Narine was the second Indian player who has emerged as the most valuable player in IPL. He has set the IPL records on fire with his great bowling skills. KKR got the best outcomes and took the opportunity with Narine.
With the great average of 13.50, he took 24 wickets in 15 matches. The off-spinner has shown great bowling talent at an economy of 5.47. At the Eden Gardens, he amassed 5/19 against Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, Narine helped KKR to bank the season trophy.
- Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals) – 2013
In 2013, Shane Watson was the only cricketer in the entire IPL who won the award two times. The all-around skills of the all-rounder won him the title of most valuable player. He has successfully hit 543 runs at a strike rate of 142.89 and average of 38.78. He also scored 101 runs against CSK at P. Chidambaram Stadium. He was the fifth highest run-getter in that season. He claimed 13 wickets with the ball with his best 3/22.
- Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) – 2014
It was Maxwell who took KXIP to the final in 2014 and played a vital role. The Australian cricketer got out in the 90s for three times and took his aggression to another level. He scored 552 runs in 16 games with an average of 34.50. He also scored the highest number of sixes.
- Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 2015
The hard-hitting Windies all-rounder took the IPL by storm with his sweltering performances. He helped his team every time when he was needed the most. With a strike rate of 192.89 and averaging 36.22, Russell managed to score 326 runs. He hit 35 fours and 19 sixes in 11 innings played by him. He also grabbed 14 wickets with 3/32. He returned with great economy of 8 in death overs.
- Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 2016
Virat Kohli has been proved priceless for Bangalore in 2016 edition. Kohli broke a range of records in his striking season. The run-machine, with the unbreakable average of 81.08 and 152.03 of strike rate, scored 973 runs. With the margin of 240, he also broke “highest runs scored in a season” record. In 16 matches, he scored 7 half-centuries and four centuries. He has also been known for hitting the highest sixes in the tournament.
- Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiant) – 2017
The world of cricketing has been lively when Stokes was bought by Pune Supergiant for whopping Rs. 14.5 Cr. But he proved himself as the most invaluable investment. The all-rounder managed to score 316 runs at an average of 31.60 in 11 innings in the 10th season of the prosperous league. He also hit hundred including six sixes and seven fours against Gujarat Lions. He took 12 wickets with the best 3/18 with the ball. He was proved vital for Pune as he led them to the final.
Now, we are looking forward to seeing who will win this prestigious and reputable award in IPL 2018.