Player of the Series is the biggest award at individual level for players in the World Cup. The World Cup 2011 has seen such unexpected results and balanced performances that only final match will decide the Player of the Series. Dilshan or Yuvraj!! Or Can it be Sangakkara!!
Tendulkar won the Player of the Series in 2003, although India lost the final. Hayden won the Player of the Series in 2007. Both were decided winner before the final. Final match had no impact on the decision. 2011 World Cup has seen such individual brilliance that even there is triangular contest for the PLayer of the Series.
Considering overall performances the top contender for the player of the series belong to the finalists. India’s Yuvraj Singh and Sri Lanka’s Dilshan has raised their individual bars and excelled in bowling and batting both. Even Sangakkara has excelled in batting as well as wicket keeping. Who has the best chance then for Player of the Series Award.
He was part of the Indian team for World Cup, just on old glorious performances. Everyone always knew he has the exceptional talent. But, nobody thought the talent will be exposed at its best in the World Cup. With four Man of the Match awards (a record for maximum such awards in one tournament), scored 4 half-centuries – the highest number of 50s scored in the tournament, added with a century amounting to 341 runs in 7 innings, placed at 8th position in highest run getter he has excelled as a batsman. To add to that he also has taken 13 wickets emerging as one of the top 10 wicket takers, with a 5-wkt tally. He is the topmost contender for the award.
The Sri Lankan opener has shown the form of 2009 World Cup, when Sri Lanka lost the final to Pakistan and he was adjudhed player of the series award. He is the top-most run scorer with 467 runs that includes two centuries and two half-centuries, besides two man of the match awards. He also has 7 wickets against his name, getting closest to the hattrick among all those who missed hattricks in 2011 World Cup. He is certainly the toughest contender against Yuvraj Singh.
The Wicket-keeper batsmen captain of Sri Lanka hass led from the front. His exceptional captaincy, batting and wicketkeeping has earned him man of the match award in the semifinal. He is sharing the lead with Haddin in terms of maximum dismissals of 13 batsmen, that includes 9 catches and 4 stumping. He is the fourth highest run scorer of the tournament with 417 runs. He has hit a century and 3 half-centuries too. If Sri Lanka wins the tournament, he is certainly the top-most contender for player of the series award considering his triple role.