However, while players who win that award are usually handed some form of cash reward, Richardson’s prize left quite a lot to be desired.
In a nice gesture, the prize money meant to be handed out to the player was donated to charity but the alternative award handed to Richardson – a bat grip and some shoe laces – had many fans confused.
Nice touch to donate the cash prize to charity but what’s with the remainder of the prize, bat grip and shoe laces?— Antonio Carbone (@tonkydreamer) January 12, 2019
Jhye Richardson just got a bat grip and some shoe laces for winning MOTM in the #AUSVIND ODI What, they can't even give him a bottle of champagne or something? Worst prize ever— Sami Dowd (@samidowd) January 12, 2019
Did Jye Richardson seriously just get a bat grip and some show laces for the man of the match#AUSvIND— Mike (@Mikeinnes7) January 12, 2019
The second ODI takes place at Adelaide on Tuesday (January 15).