IPL has become the greatest T20 league in domestic cricket. It has set the bar quite high for other domestic leagues all over the world. It also has become a great stage for cricketers to showcase their talent. Many cricketers such as Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohit Sharma has IPL to thanks for their popularity. After showcasing their skills in this grand tournament they are now serving the national cricket team of India. While cricket is a team game and each and every player is valuable, there are some players that are more valuable than others. Every year the IPL committee chose a player to honor them with the player of the tournament award. We have made a list of players who have earned the player of the tournament award starting from the first season in 2008.
- SHANE WATSON: 2008 & 2013
Shane Watson is considered to be one of the most underrated all-rounders of his generation. Watson made his debut on the first season of IPL in 2008 with Rajasthan Royals. Watson is undoubtedly one of the best Australian cricketers who is capable of getting his team to win a match with his mad skills and knowledge of the game. He is one of the most experienced cricketers. Watson gave an amazing performance for Rajasthan that year, scoring 472 runs in 15 matches with an average of 47.20. He also had 17 dismissals. Watson’s contribution earned him the player of the tournament trophy that year.
With no surprise at all, Shane Watson proved himself again as one of the most valuable players of all time in the 2013 IPL. Watson is one of the most flexible players, whom you can put in any position and he won’t disappoint you with his performance. Watson represented Rajasthan Royals in that season and scored 543 runs and also took 13 wickets. He was given the title of player of the tournament for the second time in 2013. Last year Watson played a key role in winning the trophy for Chennai Super Kings.
2. ADAM GILCHRIST: 2009
Adam Gilchrist is one of the best opening batsmen and wicketkeeper of all time. He is well known for his explosive style of batting and record-breaking wicketkeeping. Gilchrist once held the record for the most dismissals in the ODI format by a wicketkeeper. One of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsman of all time, Gilchrist is among the cricketers with one of the highest strike rates in both ODI and Test cricket. In IPL 2009, Gilchrist represented the Deccan Chargers as a captain and led the team to victory. In 16 matches, Gilchrist scored a marvelous 495 runs with the strike-rate of 152.30. Deccan Chargers won the trophy that year by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore.
3. SACHIN TENDULKAR: 2010
Sachin Tendulkar has been making cricket fans fall in love with him for decades with his astonishing performances. Sachin is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, who made numerous records across his career with his batting skills. Tendulkar represented his home team Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. And in 2010, he was honored with the player of the tournament trophy. Though MI failed to lift the cup that year, Tendulkar did not fail to mesmerize his fans for another time. The God of Cricket, Sachin scored an astonishing 618 runs in 15 innings with an average of 47.53. He also won the orange cap that season.
4. CHRIS GAYLE: 2011
Chris Gayle is one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Gayle has made many records throughout his career. Gayle is known for his skills in hitting big hits. His destructive way of batting has made him one of the most famous and loved cricketers of all time. Gayle holds the record of hitting most sixes, which is 515, in international cricket. Gayle represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. The team reached up to the playoffs that season. And Gayle won the orange cap and the prize of the player of the tournament title. Gayle scored a mesmerizing 608 runs in 12 matches at an average of 67.55. He made two centuries and three half-centuries in that season.
5. SUNIL NARINE: 2012
Sunil Narine is widely known for his match-winning bowling action. He is also an aggressive batsman. Narine has proven his ability to win matches singlehandedly. The extremely talented Trinidadian cricketer was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for his all-rounder skills. In 2012, Narine led KKR to victory in his very first season. In 2014, Narine again came up as a key player for KKR in their path of winning the trophy. Though he was involved in some controversy regarding his bowling action. In his debut season in IPL, Narine picked 24 wickets in 15 matches with an economy rate of 5.47.
6. GLENN MAXWELL: 2014
Maxwell is another Australian player who is known for power hitting and improvising shots, in cricket, especially in the T20 form. Maxwell holds the record for making the second fastest World Cup century to date. He made the record against Sri Lanka in the 2015 World Cup where he scored 102 runs from 52 balls. Maxwell has also proven his ability to score in test matches. Maxwell made his IPL debut in 2012 with Delhi Daredevils. Maxwell’s breakthrough year was 2014 where he represented Kings XI Punjab. Although KXIP finished as a runner up that season, Maxwell’s contribution was praised and he was given the title of player of the tournament. In 16 matches, Maxwell scored an incredible 552 runs at a strike rate of 187.75. Maxwell was the key contributor of the Punjab team that season.
7. ANDRE RUSSELL: 2015
The Jamaican all-rounder is well known for his match winning skills. He is only the second player after Joe Denly, who scored a century and took a hat-trick in the same match. He made the record in 2018 Caribbean Premier League against Trinbago Knight Riders where he scored a century in only 40 balls. Russell has proven his ability to win a match with ball or bat many times. In 2014 he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders and he led KKR to another IPL glory, in his very first season. He not only scored 326 runs in those 13 matches he played but also he managed to take 14 wickets.
8. VIRAT KOHLI: 2016
Virat Kohli has earned the reputation of being one of the best batsmen in all forms of cricket in the world. Virat Kohli has become a star and doesn’t really needs an introduction. The immensely talented batsman has been playing a key role in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team from the very beginning of IPL. Though RCB is going through a rough patch, Kohli is giving his best. 2016 was an amazing year for Kohli. He was given the well-deserved title of player of the tournament. Kohli scored 4 centuries and seven half-centuries. His total score was 973 runs in just 16 innings with an average of 81.08 and at a strike rate of 152.03. This score helped him made the record of scoring the maximum number of runs scored in a single IPL season.
9. BEN STOKES: 2017
Another all-rounder that has been making waves in the Indian Premier League is Ben Stokes. The English cricketer who is often considered as an attacking middle-order batsman also possesses a more than few skills in bowling. Stokes holds many records including the record of scoring England’s fastest ever Test double-century. Stokes made his IPL debut in 2017 with the Rising Pune SuperGiant, where he was named as the most valuable player of the season. Later he went on to represent Rajasthan Royals. In 2017 IPL, Stokes scored 316 runs and also managed to take 12 wickets in 13 innings. Stokes also became the highest paid international player, earning a record contract of £1.7 million, in IPL history.
10. SUNIL NARINE: 2018
In 2018, for the second time, Narine became the most valuable player in IPL. After joining the Kolkata Knight Riders team, Narine has been a key contributor to the team’s success. He was already famous for his bowling knowledge and after he revealed his batting skills, Narine has become one of the best all-rounders of his generation. Last year Narine scored 375 runs at a strike rate of 189.89 and also managed to take 17 wickets with an economy rate of 7.65. Narine was named the most valuable player of this season.