Home > Features > Facts and figures >

Was Brad Hodge’s Man of the Match Award really unjustified?

Brad Hodge (batting in picture) took Australia home in the T20I played at Durban © Getty Images
Brad Hodge (batting in picture) took Australia to victory in the T20I played at Durban © Getty Images

A two-ball effort from Brad Hodge had won him a Man of the Match award in the match against South Africa at Kingsmead. There have been questions regarding the justification of the award. Abhishek Mukherjee tries to probe further…

Australia required 15 off the last over to win the rain-curtailed Twenty20 International (T20I) (having been reduced to seven overs, it should ideally have been called a S7I) at Kingsmead. Two of the three “senior-citizen” Brads of the side — Hodge and Haddin — were at the crease. Hodge was batting on an innocuous five-ball eight that included a boundary that had come off a slash over point off Beuran Hendricks.

Wayne Parnell ran in. Hodge lofted the ball to long-on for a single, to which Haddin responded with a leg-bye. Australia required 13 runs from four deliveries now; Hodge was batting on a six-ball nine.

Parnell erred in line twice in succession and was dispatched on both occasions over the mid-wicket boundary; desperate by then, he tried to bowl a bouncer that turned out to be so high that it was called a wide. Australia had won by five wickets with two balls to spare.

It was one of those T20 matches that we get to see a lot these days. What caused a stir in the cricket fraternity, though, was the fact that Hodge was awarded Man of the Match (ahead of David Warner, who had smashed 40 in 16 balls) for his eight-ball effort of 21, or rather for his two-ball effort at the end.

Whether Warner was a worthier candidate can always be debated. The main question, though, is whether a two-ball effort should be enough to give someone a Man of the Match award.

Let us not forget that the match was a seven-over one. Hodge played 19.0% of the balls in the innings. Converting this to a fifty-over match, Hodge’s effort amounts to 57 balls. Even in a full twenty-over encounter that would have accounted for 23 balls.

Eight days before the match in question Shahid Afridi had pulled off a blinder against Bangladesh at Mirpur, reaching his fifty in 18 balls and finishing with a 25-ball 59, facing a mere 8.3% of the balls bowled in the innings. He was not the first, though: there have been other instances of winning the Man of the Match as well where the batsman has not been the top-scorer and had faced a lower proportion of balls in the team innings than Hodge had.

Player

Match

Total balls allotted to team

Runs scored

Balls faced

% balls faced

Top scorer

Comments

Jos Buttler

Trent Bridge, 2013

300

47

16

5.3%

Ian Bell 82

Douglas Marillier

Faridabad, 2001-02

300

56

24

8.0%

Alastair Campbell 84

Shahid Afridi

Mirpur, 2013-14

300

59

25

8.3%

Ahmed Shehzad 103

(nothing of note with the ball)

Shahid Afridi

Bristol, 2006

120

28

10

8.3%

Mohammad Hafeez 46

(nothing of note with the ball)

Simon O’Donnell

Sharjah, 1990

300

74

29

9.7%

Dean Jones 117

(nothing of note with the ball)

Jos Buttler

Edgbaston, 2012

66

32

10

15.2%

Craig Kieswetter 50

Brad Hodge

Kingsmead, 2013-14

42

21

8

19.0%

David Warner 40

 

You see, the adjudicators can hardly be blamed.

(Abhishek Mukherjee is the Deputy Editor and Cricket Historian at CricketCountry. He blogs at http://ovshake.blogspot.in and can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ovshake42)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone lead by 81 runs as North Zone bowled out for 457

Laxmi Ratan Shukla to lead Bengal in upcoming One-Day series

David Warner feels lucky to have equalled Don Bradman’s record

Kapil Dev’s Dev Musco Lighting accused of inflated costs by GCA

VVS Laxman advises budding batsmen to score big hundreds

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here