Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, only Test, Colombo, 5th day July 18, 2017

The strangest match awards

ESPNcricinfo staff
Rangana Herath was just named Man of the Series for a one-match series, but that's not the strangest match award that's been handed out
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Rangana Herath's 11 wickets earned him the Man-of-the-Series award against Zimbabwe, despite there already being a Man of the Match © AFP

The Man of the one-match series
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Colombo, 2017
After Sri Lanka's tense chase against Zimbabwe in a one-off Test, Asela Gunaratne, who had scored a crucial 80 not out, was named Man of the Match. But then it was announced that there would be a Man of the Series as well - Rangana Herath picked up the award for his 11 wickets. How could someone who was not Man of the Match be Man of the Series in a one-match series? Perhaps Herath had impressed the adjudicators with his pre-Test net session.

A bike for 48 balls
Sri Lanka v India, Pallekele, 2012
At least Herath played five days of cricket for his Man-of-the-Series award. Back in 2012, Virat Kohli got one for a one-off Twenty20. He batted 48 balls and scored 68. Irfan Pathan helped India defend their 155 and was named Man of the Match. But Kohli was presented with a motorbike for his efforts.

Rewarding the miser
Zimbabwe v West Indies, Harare, 2001
When West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 27 runs in a 2001 ODI, the Man-of-the-Match award was given to Cameron Cuffy, who had scored 0 runs and taken 0 wickets in the match. He had, however, bowled his 10 overs for just 20 runs, and the adjudicators felt that was the key to West Indies' win.

(Grounds)man of the match
South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg, 2000
Persistent rain meant that only 190.5 overs of play were possible during the third Test of New Zealand's tour of South Africa in 2000. The game ended in a tame draw, with Shaun Pollock, South Africa's captain, attracting criticism for not declaring and trying to make a match of it. The groundsman, Chris Scott, and his staff were kept busy through the game, and they were rewarded with the Man-of-the-Match award.

Did not bat, did not bowl, did win Man of the Match
Pakistan v West Indies, Sharjah, 1986
Courtney Walsh took four wickets as West Indies bowled Pakistan out for 143 in Sharjah, but the Man-of-the-Match adjudicators decided the biggest contribution had come from Gus Logie in the field. He took three catches and effected two run-outs, including that of the dangerous Javed Miandad. West Indies' top three knocked the runs off, so Logie put his feet up till he collected his award.

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  • Mark on July 19, 2017, 22:37 GMT

    There was a match where Dilshan got 4 run outs against Australia and did not get Man of the Match even though he also batted well!

  • Arooz on July 19, 2017, 11:46 GMT

    Gus Logi was a good field I can faintly remember those old matches.

  • Miyoshi on July 19, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    Tri series in India - Lance Klusener batting 1st time for SA in his 2nd or 3rd Odi scored 88* vs Australia but mom went to Pat Symcox for his offspin bowling of 1-38. Everyone was surprised!

  • peterp6615665 on July 19, 2017, 6:54 GMT

    I remember in 1992/93 Australia v West Indies ODI match at the SCG, Mark Taylor won the man of the match for taking 4 catches in the match (and I think captaining Australia for the 1st time in a ODI) in a rain reduced match Australia scored 9/101 off 30 overs and then dismissed the West Indies for 87.

  • Sandun on July 19, 2017, 6:19 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63618.html In this match Jonty Rhodes scored a match saving hundred which includes a 90 mins unbroken 8th wicket partnership with debutant bowleron a 5th day pitch against quality spin bowlers of Sri Lanka. But MOM award went to Ranathunga. However special awardwas given to Jonty Rhodes.

  • Adrian on July 19, 2017, 4:44 GMT

    The recent man of match and different man of the series awards in a one-off test was the weirdest, though, I think.

  • Vivek on July 19, 2017, 2:59 GMT

    In a one day match between NZ and WI in 1996, the Kiwis defended a target of 159 and won by 4 runs. The adjudicators adjudged the entire Kiwi team as the MOMs.

    Here's the link: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64524.html

  • Caleb on July 18, 2017, 22:56 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/518948.html Warner player of the match in a losing team when there was clearly Doug Bracewell should have got it.

  • Kieran on July 18, 2017, 21:23 GMT

    It feels like Dougie Marillier deserves a nod here - a number 10 bat who bowled 10 nondescript overs and came in to bat with four overs to go.

  • Will on July 18, 2017, 19:56 GMT

    Not an international occurrence, but John Abrahams won MoM for the Benson and Hedges Cup final at Lord's in 1984 though not bowling and scoring a duck.

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