Probably we have seen many times that 2 players from the same side share the MoM award in a test match, or sometimes 2 players from 2 opposite sides. But there was a moment when all 11 players from a single team had got the Man of the Match award.
MoM awards are given to the player who has contributed the most to victory in that match or has contributed to the match in a way which can’t be ignored. But it is a rare scene indeed when all 11 players from a side contributed to team’s victory equally.
This has been the one and only test in history till date when all 11 players from a side have shared the MoM award.
Match: 5th Test – South Africa vs West Indies
Venue: Centurion Park, South Africa
This test match was won by Proteas by 351 runs and their 11 players shared the MoM award for their equal contribution in winning. Here is a table that shows brief scores of all four innings of that match.
|1st Innings||South Africa||313/10|
|2nd Innings||West Indies||144/10|
|3rd Innings||South Africa||399/5(Dec)|
|4th Innings||West Indies||217/10|
Here is a table that shows contribution of all 11 players of South Africa, due to which they got the MoM award.
|G Kirsten||134 runs|
|H Gibbs||53 runs|
|J Kallis||110 runs, 3 wickets and catches taken|
|D Cullinan||13 runs scored and a wicket taken|
|H Cronje||83 runs scored and catches taken|
|J Rhodes||127 runs scored and catches|
|S Pollock||16 runs scored and 3 wickets taken|
|M Boucher||100 runs scored and 2 catches taken|
|L Klusener||12 runs scored and 3 wickets taken|
|A Donald||12 runs scored, 6 wickets and a catch taken|
|P Admas||7 runs scored, 4 wickets and a catch taken|
So far, there have been 14 instances when 2 players from the same team were given the MoM award in a Test match and there have been 26 instances in Tests when 2 players from opposite sides were given the MoM award.