The Extravagant Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a great platform for cricketers all over the world to showcase their skills. The league has witnessed some outstanding talent over the years. From towering sixes to cartwheeling stumps, the league is rightly known as the Cricket Festival of India.
The Player who outperforms everyone with his exceptional performance becomes the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Indian Premier League. The MVP ratings are based on various factors such as runs scored, boundaries, strike rate, wickets, economy rate, catches, etc.
In this article, we will take a look at the Most Valuable Players (MVP) in the Indian Premier League over the last thirteen editions.
IPL 2008: Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)
Shane Watson lit up the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. The Australian All-rounder was a vital cog of the Rajasthan Royals squad. His remarkable performance with both the bat and the ball led the Royals to the IPL Championship title. He accumulated 472 runs with a strike rate of 151.77, along with 17 wickets at 22.52.
Watson earned 406.5 points and became the Most Valuable Player in the first edition of the Indian Premier League. Over the years, he has continued to be a part of the IPL, playing for different teams in the league.
IPL 2009: Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)
Adam Gilchrist was leading the Deccan Chargers squad in the Indian Premier League 2009. He hit 495 runs in 16 matches at an average of 30+ and a strike rate of around 152. His best knock of 85 runs from 35 balls came against Delhi Daredevils in the semi-final at Centurion.
Gilchrist played a key role as a captain and a batsman in Deccan Charger’s winning campaign of IPL 2009. He was thus awarded the Most Valuable Player title in the second edition of the Indian Premier League.