Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Generally, the Man of the Match award is bagged by the batter who lead the team to victory by scoring big. Then there are also the bowlers who pick up crucial wickets to guide the team to victory to bag the prestigious award.

However, in 1986, a member of the West Indies team was awarded Man of the Match even when he did not bat or bowl during the match! It was the West Indies’ Gus Logie who for the first time received the Man of the Match award purely for his fielding efforts.

Logie was adjudged the Man of the Match in a match between the West Indies and Pakistan at the Sharjah Stadium in a 1986 Champions Trophy clash. He pulled off three impressive catches and two run-outs to bag the top award in the match.

Logie managed to take out Pakistan’s openers and Ijaz Ahmed with superb catches. Then he went on to run out Asif Mujtaba and to directly hit the stumps from square leg to dismiss Javed Miandad.

West Indies managed to dismiss Pakistan for 143 and won the match by nine wickets. This was the first time in international cricket history that a fielder was given the Man of the Match award without having batted or bowled!

Former South Africa great Jonty Rhodes has also won man of the match award for his spectacular fielding skills during the 1992 World Cup.
 

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