It is often believed in the sport that an athlete’s performance levels increase to a great extent after he reaches 30 years. It is solely due to the fact that he would have gained a formidable experience in playing the sport for more than a decade which would help him to enhance his career.
When a player has a truckload of experience, it is quite obvious that he would play the game with a lot of intent and end up racking up more runs for the team. Among the players who graced the sport, only Rohit Sharma has been able to bring the best out of himself in One-Day Internationals after reaching 30 years.
Let’s now learn about the names of 3 Indians with the most Man of the Match awards in ODIs after the age of 30.
1. Rohit Sharma
Indian captain Rohit Sharma became the sixth Indian to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs earlier this year. The right-handed batsman has bagged the most Man of the Match awards (15) after the age of 30. He has a few more years of good cricket left in him and has a chance to win more awards in the future.
2. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar is widely acknowledged as the greatest batter of all time and is the leading run-scorer in international cricket with 34,357 runs. He comes second on the list with 14 Player of the Match awards after the age of 30. Notably, he scored 18,426 runs in the 50-over format including 49 centuries and 96 fifties.
3. Mohammad Azharuddin
Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin was one of the most significant players in the history of Indian cricket. He comes third on the list with eleven Man of the Match awards after the age of 30. He scored 9378 runs in ODIs including seven centuries and 58 half-centuries.
*Stats updated as of October 19, 2023*