It's been some days since the IPL 2021 final. And it's quite evident that we are still going through its hangover. The "Most Valuable Player" in IPL is awarded to the cricketer with the most points throughout the IPL season. Interestingly the term "Most Valuable Player" came into existence in 2013. Since the inaugural edition of IPL till 2012, the award was known as "Man of the Tournament". Harshal Patel won the most valuable player in IPL 2021. Let's take a sneak peek at all the players who won this prestigious award since the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League.
Shane Watson is the first-ever cricketer to win the Most Valuable Player/ Man of the Tournament in IPL 2008. The Australian all-rounder played for Rajasthan Royals during the initial years of the tournament. Rajasthan Royals was probably the most underrated team that year but surprisingly their player turned out to be the best in the season with 472 runs in just 15 matches at a strike rate of 151.77. Also, he scalped 15 wickets during the season and received the MVP award.
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Playing for Deccan Chargers, Adam Gilchrist became the man of the tournament's Most Valuable Player. The Australian wicketkeeper-batter captained the team and took it to victory as well. Gilchrist made sure to lead the team from the front and give their best while playing for the franchise. Also, he aggregated 495 runs in 16 seasons with a strike rate of 152.30 and became the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2019. His exceptional batting, wicketkeeping, and captaining skills help theme to win this prestigious award in the 2nd edition of IPL.
Sachin Tendulkar's form was out of the ordinary in IPL 2010. The then captain of Mumbai Indians fulfilled his duties as a captain by taking the team to the finals and also proved himself as a successful batter after scoring 618 runs in just 15 matches with a strike rate of 132.61. No wonders why he received the Most Valuable Player/ Man of the Tournament award in IPL 2010.
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During the IPL 2011, Chris Gayle played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Master Storm began his scintillating performance from IPL 2011 and it was clearly a banging start to Chris Gayle's tremendous batting era. The RCB opener could thrash boundaries at every stadium to every bowler. Gayle aggregated 608 runs in only 12 matches with an average of 67.55 and a fantastic strike rate of 183.13. His marvelous batting in 2011 included 2 centuries as well. Interestingly, he scored the highest runs that year and therefore won the Orange Cap.
Sunil Narine proved himself as one of the biggest assets of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2012. The Trinidadian cricketer started showing his skills as a clever bowler and executed his trickery with the ball and expertise. Also, he contributed to the maiden IPL title of KKR in 2012. He scalped 24 wickets in 15 matches with an economy rate of 5.47.
Five years after the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League, Shane Watson became the Most Valuable Player once again. He is the first cricketer ever to become to win this title twice in IPL history. Playing for Rajasthan Royals, Shane Watson played some incredible knocks to take the team to the playoffs. He was the biggest asset of RR that year with both bat and ball. With a great strike rate of 142.89 and an average of 38.78, he scored 543 runs in 16 matches and also took 13 wickets with an economy rate of 7.15.
IPL 2014 is one of the most crucial segments of Glenn Maxwell's cricketing career. Till that time he could not register his name as one of the key cricketers of the Australian Cricket team but the IPL 2014 changed the way everyone looked at him. He had a magnificent season while playing for Kings XI Punjab. Also, he contributed the most and was one of the pivotal reasons for taking the team to the finals against Kolkata Knight Riders. Unfortunately, Kings XI Punjab failed to clinch their maiden IPL trophy but the player from their team became the Most Valuable Player of the season with 552 runs.
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Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Andre Russell became the Most Valuable Player of IPL 2015 with 312 points. The Jamaica all-rounder registered himself as one of the best with both bat and ball in this season. His hard-hitting skills were something that everyone witnessed for the first time. He aggregated 326 runs with a brilliant strike rate of 192.89. Not only in batting, the all-rounder to 14 wickets with an economy rate of 7.96. Also, he was seen bowling the death overs for KKR most of the time.
Royal Challengers Bangalore might have failed to clinch the IPL trophy but the team surely had some of the best players playing for the franchise. Virat Kohli is one of the biggest assets of RCB and he proved himself at each and every season. The captain of RCB took the franchise to the finals against Sunrisers Hyderabad almost single-handedly but unfortunately could not win. Apart from captaining the team, he scored the most runs in a single edition of IPL ever in 2016. He aggregated 973 runs including 4 centuries with an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03 and won the Most Valuable Player award with 356.5 points.
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Playing for Rising Pune Supergiants, Ben Stokes made 270 points and became the Most Valuable Player of IPL 2017. He showed an excellent performance with both batting and bowling. The English all-rounder contributed his best to take the franchise to the finals against Mumbai Indians. Sadly RPS did not win the series but Ben's excellence is not at all negligible. While playing with the bat he scored 316 runs in 12 matches with a strike rate of 142.98 and while bowling he picked up 12 wickets with an economy rate of 7.18.
Sunil Narine became the second cricketer after Shane Watson to become the most valuable player of IPL twice. After IPL 2012 he won the prestigious award once again in 2018. By this time he not only proved himself as an excellent bowler but also as a great hard-hitting opener. He completely justified the roles given to him by giving an extreme start to KKR in the powerplay in most of the matches and also helped the team to reach the playoffs. In 16 matches he scored 357 runs with strike rate of 189.89 and took 17 wickets with an economy rate of 7.65. One of his most magnificent knocks from IPL 2018 is his half-century in only 17 balls against RCB.
Once again a player from KKR became the most valuable player of IPL 2019 following Sunil Narine in 2018. Andre Russel also became the third cricketer to be in the MVP award twice in IPL history after Shane Watson and Sunil Narine. By this time, he proved himself as a batter who could win matches in dire situations. In 2019 IPL he completely thrashed boundaries all around and literally played with the opponent bowlers. He aggregated 510 runs in only 14 matches with an out-of-the-ordinary strike rate of 204.81. He not only restricted himself with batting but also picked up 11 wickets for KKR while bowling in the death overs mostly.
The IPL 2020 was in the name of Jofra Archer as he won the Most Valuable Player award. Playing for Rajasthan Royals, the England pacer completely shook everyone by playing tremendously. In 14 matches, he picked up 20 wickets and set fire on the stadium with his brilliance. With an economy rate of 6.55, his best knock of the season was 3/19.
The Most Valuable Player of IPL 2021 is Harshal Patel from Royal Challengers Bangalore. With 264.5 points, the cricketer had an amazing season this year. Starting from taking crucial wickets to winning the Purple Cap, Game-changer of the season, picking the highest number of wickets in IPL, he did it all. He had a dreamy season after making a comeback to RCB from DC. Also, he took a 4 wicket haul and a 5 wicket haul this season as well.