Bengaluru, May 29: Rajasthan Royals star opener Jos Buttler was awarded the most valuable player (MVP) award in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.
Gujarat Titans' title-winning skipper Hardik Pandya finished second followed by Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell and RR pacer Prasidh Krishna in third and fouth spots respectively.
The MVP was introduced in the Indian Premier League from the 2013 season and prior to that a player of the tournament award was given to the best player of IPL from 2008 to 2012.
The Most Valuable Player in IPL is ranked based on special rating system, which rewards players points for every four, six, wicket, dot ball, catches, run outs and stumpings.
For every four, a player earns 2.5 points, for a six - 3.5 points, for a wicket - 3.5 points, for a dot ball - 1 point and for every catch or stumping 2.5 points.
All the points earned from the matches over the season are totalled together with top player earning the MVP trophy after the IPL Final. Royals opener Buttler retained the lead right from start ot the season and went on to clinch the award thanks to his spectacular season with the bat.
Here is a look at the Most Valuable Player leaderboard in IPL 2022 after the final on May 29:
|1||Jos Buttler (RR)||17||387.5|
|2||Hardik Pandya (GT)||15||284.5|
|3||Andre Russell (KKR)||14||281.0|
|4||Prasidh Krishna (RR)||17||273.0|
|5||Liam Livingstone (PBKS)||14||265.5|
|6||Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB)||16||258.0|
|7||Mohammed Shami (GT)||15||252.5|
|8||Rashid Khan (GT)||16||250.0|
|9||Trent Boult (RR)||16||245.5|
|10||Sanju Samson (RR)||17||244.5|
As mentioned earlier, the player of the tournament (IPL man of the series) award was changed to IPL MVP by the organizers in 2013 and so far there have been 12 different players that have won the award in the 15 seasons so far with three players winning the award twice.
Former Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals star Shane Watson, who won the first ever MVP award in 2013 and the first ever Man of the Series award in 2008, has won the award twice.
KKR duo Russell (2015 and 2019) and Sunil Narine (2012 and 2018) have also won the IPL MVP or IPL Man of the Series award 2 times.
Here is the list for the MVP or Man of the Series in IPL from 2008 to 2022:
|2008||Shane Watson||Rajasthan Royals|
|2009||Adam Gilchrist||Deccan Chargers|
|2010||Sachin Tendulkar||Mumbai Indians|
|2011||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2012||Sunil Narine||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2013||Shane Watson||Rajasthan Royals|
|2014||Glenn Maxwell||Punjab Kings|
|2015||Andre Russell||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2016||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2017||Ben Stokes||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|2018||Sunil Narine||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2019||Andre Russell||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|2020||Jofra Archer||Rajasthan Royals|
|2021||Harshal Patel||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2022||Jos Buttler||Rajasthan Royals|