Test cricket always tests the true character of a cricketer. Many legends have been born in the game who dominated in the white shirts. Though only Man of the Match award can’t show their proper influence in the game during their career, it can bring the light on their dominance during their career.
While a Test match is a very long process, it is harder to influence the game, and the special influencer finally wins the Man of the Match award at the end of the Test match.
Here we are talking about the top five Man of the Match award winners in Test cricket history
Sir Curtly Ambrose (West Indies), Steve Waugh (Australia) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) – 14 times each
The legendary Caribbean fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose, Australian cricketer as well as famous captain Steve Waugh and Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar are jointly standing in this position with 14 Man of the Match awards in their respective Test careers.
While Ambrose 98 Tests from 1988 to 2000, Waugh’s Test career ran between 1985 and 2004 (168 Tests). On the other hand, Tendulkar played the record number of Test matches (200 Tests) after serving for the Indian team for 24 years (1989-2013).
Tendulkar scored the record 15921 Test runs (average 53.78), including 51 centuries and 68 half-centuries. He also got 46 Test wickets. Meanwhile, Waugh scored 10927 Test runs (average 51.06), including 32 centuries and 50 fifties, and even got 92 Test wickets.
On the other hand, Ambrose picked up 405 Test wickets, including 22 times five-wicket haul and thrice 10-wicket hauls.