Sehwag got the Man-of-the Match award and Tendulkar the most press but neither was the highest impact player in the India-England Chennai Test of 2008 where India chased down 387 to win.
This Test match was played under emotional circumstances (the immediate aftermath of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai) but the Romanticism at play after India successfully chased down 387 on the last day led the award adjudicators (and pretty much all the experts too) to concentrate on the fourth innings only, and give the award to Sehwag who made a scintillating 83 off just 68 balls (he made 9 in the first innings). Tendulkar, who made a rare fourth innings century in a chase, would have also been considered (he made 37 in the first innings).
No one remembered that Andrew Strauss scored 123 and 108 (after 42-3 in the second innings) in the match and gave England the opportunity to declare their second innings with a seemingly challenging lead.
The highest impact player in the match, and the man who set up this exciting match is not even remembered in this context.
Jaideep Varma/Soham Sarkhel
NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016