Man of the Match in IPL final history: The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League has finally come to an end with Gujarat Titans becoming the new Champions under the leadership of Hardik Pandya.
Well, this season has witnessed everything right from the mega auction drama to five times champions Mumbai Indians becoming the first team to get eliminated from the league after losing eight consecutive matches in a row.
To be precise, the 15th edition of the Tata Indian Premier league was a season of youngsters, the new blood, and the new teams. For a fact, the IPL team who have struggled to make it to the top four in the IPL points table were the ones who dominated the points table standings this entire season.
Namely, them being Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. But the new teams Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants rocked the league with significant performances and domination in the game. Well, the one team who had complete domination over other teams was none other than IPL 2022 Champions Gujarat Titans.
The Hardik Pandya-led GT was initially criticized by critics for their team combination, and now the same team has shut everyone’s mouth. Indeed, team Gujarat Titans and Hardik Pandya have become everyone’s apple of the eye. Speaking of the other finalist, Rajasthan Royals, the team showed a different spirit on and off-field.
Sanju Samson led Rajasthan Royals never ran out of motivation while the team kept winning back-to-back games. The RR hero, Jos Buttler recorded many awards under his name at the end of this season.
Like Jos, there have been many heroes who won games for their teams and have contributed equally. Hence, with that being said let us take a look at the names of players who dominated the IPL finals and won the match of the match award for their spectacular performance.
To start with we have Yusuf Pathan’s name at the top as he was the one to concede just 22 runs in his four overs spell against the four-times champions Chennai Super Kings, taking three wickets. Pathan’s contribution with the bat was as amazing as his bowling. All-rounder hit CSK bowlers for 56 runs with just 39 balls.
Veteran Indian cricketer Anil Kumble is one of the first players in the history of IPL to win the award in a losing game. Yes, you got that right. Kumble’s achievement dates back to 2009 when the Deccan Chargers won the title, but Kumble went 4/16 to win the Man of the Match award in the final.
Mr.IPL Suresh Raina was awarded the Man of the Match award for his incredible all-around performance in the Chennai Super Kings final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Suresh Raina has always been a run machine for the side until 2021. He has helped Chennai win many matches and some titles as well.
Well, the list is majorly dominated by the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians players as these are two teams who have won the titles the majority of times. After winning the first title in the year 2010, Chennai Super Kings was back with a bang and secured the title under their name the very next year too against Royal Challenger Bangalore.
It was Murali Vijay’s contribution to Csk’s scoreboard and the real hero was awarded the man of the match award for his 89 runs contribution off just 48 balls.
Not many of us might know about the existence of Manvinder Bisla, but he is on our list as Bisla single-handedly won the match for the Kolkata Knight Riders under Gautam Gambhir’s Captaincy to their first IPL title in 2012.
Kieron the great Pollard won Mumbai Indians their first Indian Premier League title in the year 2013 against Chennai Super Kings. Pollard was completely involved in the game for his side as he showcased his best all-rounders skills.
The hitter scored 60 runs off just 32 balls and conceded 34 runs in his four-over spell taking one crucial wicket of Chennai Super Kings’ hitter.
The current Lucknow Super Giants player received his first man of the match award while playing in the IPL 2014 final against Punjab Kings. Pandey played in firing innings of 94 runs of just 50 balls and led his team on the winning side.
Once again in the year 2015, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings came face to face for a final battle. The game was so edgy and the Mumbai Indians were in trouble when Rohit Sharam gave himself the confidence to hit some power shots. The Mumbai Indians Captain received the man of the match award for scoring a half-century in just 26 balls.
The former Sunrisers Hyderabad player Ben Cutting played with a magnificent strike rate by hitting 39 unbeaten runs off 15 balls. Nevertheless, he made a remarkable contribution with the bat too as he conceded 35 runs with two wickets and led his side to win their first IPL title under David Warner’s Captaincy.
The former Mumbai Indians all-rounder is now a part of Lucknow Super Giants. Back in 2017 when Krunal played for Mumbai Indians, he dragged his side to the winning position as he scored 48 runs off 38 balls against Steve Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiants in the final game.
What an inning it was by Shane Watson, as he won his team their third IPL title with a bruised knee. Watson wasn’t having a great season back in 2018 when Chennai Super Kings made comeback into the game after being banned for two years. Shane Watson scored an unbeaten 117 runs off just 57 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Bumrah boomed the Chennai Super Kings batter with his pace in 2019 as he bowled his best spell of the season. Jasprit Bumrah conceded 14 runs in his four-over spell and took two important wickets for his side.
Boult became Mumbai Indians super pacer as he led the side to win their fifth IPL title against Delhi Capitals in 2020. Boult gave off 30 runs and took three important wickets of Capitals and cleaned up Delhi’s batting unit early in the game.
Chennai Super Kings won their fourth IPL title in 2021 in a final game against Kolkata Knight Riders. The current Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain played a power-packed inning of 86 runs of just 59 balls.
Gujarat Titans Captain Hardik Pandya won the man of the match award in the Indian Premier League final against Rajasthan Royals. The newly made Captain Hardik took three crucial wickets and struck 34 runs off 30 balls at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.