Indian Premier League has a tradition of awarding the most valuable player of the season. The award was known as the “Man of the Tournament” for the first 5 seasons. In 2013, it was changed to the “Most Valuable Player”. Let’s rewind the Most Valuable Players of all seasons of IPL.
In the inaugural edition, Shane Watson won that award. Playing for Rajasthan Royals, he was magnificent throughout the season. The Royals ended up winning the first season under the captaincy of Shane Warne. Watson was impressive with both bat and bowl. The Australian repeated the feat in the 2013 edition when he won the award for the same team.
Apart from Watson, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell are the only players who have won the Most Valuable Player award twice. The Caribbean spinner won it in 2012 and 2018. First, he bagged that solely for his mysterious bowling. But in 2018, the cricketing world had discovered another aspect of his game. He opened the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders and gave them explosive starts more often than not. The devastating Russell has won it in 2015 and 2019.
The Most Valuable Player award takes into account all the contributions on the field, be it batting, bowling or fielding. That’s why the all-rounders always have the best chance of claiming it. The winners like Watson, Andre Russell, Ben Stokes benefitted the most because of their all-round abilities.
Most Valuable Players of all seasons of IPL
|IPL 2008||Shane Watson||Rajasthan Royals|
|IPL 2009||Adam Gilchrist||Deccan Chargers|
|IPL 2010||Sachin Tendulkar||Mumbai Indians|
|IPL 2011||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|IPL 2012||Sunil Narine||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|IPL 2013||Shane Watson||Rajasthan Royals|
|IPL 2014||Glenn Maxwell||Kings XI Punjab|
|IPL 2015||Andre Russell||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|IPL 2016||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|IPL 2017||Ben Stokes||Rising Pune Supergiants|
|IPL 2018||Sunil Narine||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|IPL 2019||Andre Russell||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|IPL 2020||Jofra Archer||Rajasthan Royals|
-Stats as of IPL 2020