Wisden Award
Wisden Award

The Wisden Cricketers of the Year are cricketers selected for the honour by the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, based primarily on their “influence on the previous English season”.

  • The award began in 1889 with the naming of “Six Great Bowlers of the Year”, and continued with the naming of “Nine Great Batsmen of the Year” in 1890 and “Five Great Wicket-Keepers” in 1891.
  • In the 2000 edition, the editor Matthew Engel recognised that the best players in the world were typically no longer playing English domestic cricket, and opted to select the Cricketers of the Year based on their performances anywhere in the world
  • From 2000 to 2003 the award was made based on players’ impact on cricket worldwide rather than just the preceding season in England,but the decision was reversed in 2004 with the introduction of a separate Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award.

Wisden Cricketers of the Year Award Winners

Following are the list of Wisden Cricketers of the Year Award Winners since its introduction year(1889).

  • No players were named for the Wisden Cricketers of the Year Award in 1916 or 1917, as the First World War prevented any first-class cricket being played in England, while in 1918 and 1919 the recipients were five schoolboy cricketers.
  • From 1941 to 1946, the Second World War caused the same issue and no players were named for the Wisden Cricketers of the Year Award.
YearRecipient(s)
1889George Lohmann, Johnny Briggs, John Ferris, Charles Turner, Sammy Woods, Bobby Peel
1890Bobby Abel, Billy Barnes, Billy Gunn, Louis Hall, Robert Henderson, Maurice Read, Arthur Shrewsbury, Frank Sugg, Albert Ward
1891Jack BlackhamGregor MacGregorDick PillingMordecai SherwinHenry Wood
1892William AttewellJ. T. HearneFrederick MartinArthur MoldJohn Sharpe
1893Herbie HewettLionel PalairetWalter ReadStanley ScottAndrew Stoddart
1894George GiffenAlec HearneStanley JacksonHarry TrottTed Wainwright
1895Bill BrockwellJack BrownC. B. FryTom HaywardArchie MacLaren
1896W. G. Grace
1897Syd GregoryDick LilleyRanjitsinhjiTom RichardsonHugh Trumble
1898Frederick BullWillis CuttellFrank DruceGilbert JessopJack Mason
1899Wilfred RhodesWilliam StorerCharlie TownsendAlbert TrottWilliam Lockwood
1900Joe DarlingClem HillArthur JonesMonty NobleRobert Poore
1901Tip FosterSchofield HaighGeorge Herbert HirstTom TaylorJohn Tunnicliffe
1902Len BraundCharlie McGaheyFrank MitchellWillie QuaifeJohnny Tyldesley
1903Warwick ArmstrongCuthbert BurnupJames IremongerJim KellyVictor Trumper
1904Colin BlytheJohn GunnAlbert KnightWalter MeadPlum Warner
1905Bernard BosanquetErnest HalliwellJames HallowsPercy PerrinReggie Spooner
1906David DentonWalter LeesGeorge ThompsonJoe VineLevi Wright
1907Jack CrawfordArthur FielderErnie HayesKenneth HutchingsNeville Knox
1908Albert HallamReggie SchwarzFrank TarrantBert VoglerThomas Wass
1909Walter BrearleyLord HawkeJack HobbsAlan MarshalJohn Newstead
1910Warren BardsleySydney BarnesDouglas CarrArthur DayVernon Ransford
1911Harry FosterAlfred HartleyCharlie LlewellynRazor SmithFrank Woolley
1912Frank FosterJ. W. HearneSep KinneirPhil MeadHerbert Strudwick
1913John Wisden
1914Major BoothGeorge GunnBill HitchAlbert RelfLionel Tennyson
1915Johnny DouglasPercy FenderWally HardingeDonald KnightSydney Smith
1918Harry CalderJohn FirthClement GibsonGerard RotherhamGreville Stevens
1919Percy AdamsPercy ChapmanAdrian GoreLionel HedgesNorman Partridge
1920Andy DucatPatsy HendrenPercy HolmesHerbert SutcliffeErnest Tyldesley
1921Pelham Warner
1922Hubert AshtonJack BryanJack GregoryCharlie MacartneyTed McDonald
1923Arthur CarrTich FreemanCharlie ParkerJack RussellAndy Sandham
1924Arthur GilliganRoy KilnerGeorge MacaulayCec ParkinMaurice Tate
1925Bob CatterallJack MacBryanHerbie TaylorDick TyldesleyWilliam Whysall
1926Jack Hobbs
1927George GearyHarold LarwoodJack MercerBert OldfieldBill Woodfull
1928Roger BluntCharlie HallowsWally HammondDouglas JardineVallance Jupp
1929Les AmesGeorge DuckworthMaurice LeylandSam StaplesJack White
1930Ted BowleyDuleepsinhjiTuppy Owen-SmithWalter RobinsBob Wyatt
1931Donald BradmanClarrie GrimmettBeverley LyonIan PeeblesMaurice Turnbull
1932Bill BowesStewie DempsterJames LangridgeNawab of Pataudi seniorHedley Verity
1933Ewart AstillFreddie BrownAlec KennedyC. K. NayuduBill Voce
1934Fred BakewellGeorge HeadleyStan NicholsLeslie TownsendCyril Walters
1935Stan McCabeBill O’ReillyGeorge PaineBill PonsfordJim Smith
1936Jock CameronErrol HolmesBruce MitchellDenis SmithArthur Wellard
1937Charlie BarnettBill CopsonAlf GoverVijay MerchantStan Worthington
1938Tom GoddardJoe Hardstaff JrLen HuttonJim Parks SrEddie Paynter
1939Hugh BartlettBill BrownDenis ComptonKenneth FarnesArthur Wood
1940Learie ConstantineBill EdrichWalter KeetonBrian SellersDoug Wright
1947Alec BedserLaurie FishlockVinoo MankadPeter SmithCyril Washbrook
1948Martin DonnellyAlan MelvilleDudley NourseJack RobertsonNorman Yardley
1949Lindsay HassettBill JohnstonRay LindwallArthur MorrisDon Tallon
1950Trevor BaileyRoly JenkinsJohn LangridgeReg SimpsonBert Sutcliffe
1951Godfrey EvansSonny RamadhinAlf ValentineEverton WeekesFrank Worrell
1952Bob AppleyardTom DolleryJim LakerPeter MayEric Rowan
1953Harold GimblettTom GraveneyDavid SheppardStuart SurridgeFred Trueman
1954Neil HarveyTony LockKeith MillerJohnny WardleWillie Watson
1955Bruce DoolandFazal MahmoodEric HolliesBrian StathamGeorge Tribe
1956Colin CowdreyDoug InsoleJackie McGlewHugh TayfieldFrank Tyson
1957Dennis BrookesJim BurkeMalcolm HiltonGil LangleyPeter Richardson
1958Peter LoaderArthur McIntyreCollie SmithMickey StewartClyde Walcott
1959Les JacksonRoy MarshallArthur MiltonJohn ReidDerek Shackleton
1960Ken BarringtonDonald CarrRay IllingworthGeoff PullarM. J. K. Smith
1961Neil AdcockTed DexterRoy McLeanRaman Subba RowVic Wilson
1962Bill AlleyRichie BenaudAlan DavidsonBill LawryNorm O’Neill
1963Don KenyonMushtaq MohammadPeter ParfittPhil SharpeFred Titmus
1964Brian CloseCharlie GriffithConrad HunteRohan KanhaiGarfield Sobers
1965Geoffrey BoycottPeter BurgeJack FlavellGraham McKenzieBob Simpson
1966Colin BlandJohn EdrichDick MotzPeter PollockGraeme Pollock
1967Bob BarberBasil D’OliveiraColin MilburnJohn MurraySeymour Nurse
1968Asif IqbalHanif MohammadKen HiggsJim Parks juniorNawab of Pataudi junior
1969Jimmy BinksDavid GreenBarry RichardsDerek UnderwoodOssie Wheatley
1970Basil ButcherAlan KnottMajid KhanMike ProcterDon Shepherd
1971Jack BondClive LloydBrian LuckhurstGlenn TurnerRoy Virgin
1972Geoff ArnoldBhagwat ChandrasekharLance GibbsBrian TaylorZaheer Abbas
1973Greg ChappellDennis LilleeBob MassieJohn SnowKeith Stackpole
1974Keith BoyceBevan CongdonKeith FletcherRoy FredericksPeter Sainsbury
1975Dennis AmissMike DennessNorman GiffordTony GreigAndy Roberts
1976Ian ChappellPeter LeeRick McCoskerDavid SteeleBob Woolmer
1977Mike BrearleyGordon GreenidgeMichael HoldingViv RichardsBob Taylor
1978Ian BothamMike HendrickAlan JonesKen McEwanBob Willis
1979David GowerJohn LeverChris OldClive RadleyJohn Shepherd
1980Joel GarnerSunil GavaskarGraham GoochDerek RandallBrian Rose
1981Kim HughesRobin JackmanAllan LambClive RiceVintcent van der Bijl
1982Terry AldermanAllan BorderRichard HadleeJaved MiandadRod Marsh
1983Imran KhanTrevor JestyAlvin KallicharranKapil DevMalcolm Marshall
1984Mohinder AmarnathJeremy ConeyJohn EmbureyMike GattingChris Smith
1985Martin CroweLarry GomesGeoff HumpageJack SimmonsSidath Wettimuny
1986Phil BainbridgeRichard EllisonCraig McDermottNeal RadfordTim Robinson
1987John ChildsGraeme HickDilip VengsarkarCourtney WalshJames Whitaker
1988Jonathan AgnewNeil FosterDavid HughesPeter RoebuckSaleem Malik
1989Kim BarnettJeff DujonPhil NealeFranklyn StephensonSteve Waugh
1990Jimmy CookDean JonesJack RussellRobin SmithMark Taylor
1991Mike AthertonMohammad AzharuddinAlan ButcherDesmond HaynesMark Waugh
1992Curtly AmbrosePhillip DeFreitasAllan DonaldRichie RichardsonWaqar Younis
1993Nigel BriersMartyn MoxonIan SalisburyAlec StewartWasim Akram
1994David BoonIan HealyMerv HughesShane WarneSteve Watkin
1995Brian LaraDevon MalcolmTim MuntonSteve RhodesKepler Wessels
1996Dominic CorkAravinda de SilvaAngus FraserAnil KumbleDermot Reeve
1997Sanath JayasuriyaMushtaq AhmedSaeed AnwarPhil SimmonsSachin Tendulkar
1998Matthew ElliottStuart LawGlenn McGrathMatthew MaynardGraham Thorpe
1999Ian AustinDarren GoughMuttiah MuralitharanArjuna RanatungaJonty Rhodes
2000Chris CairnsRahul DravidLance KlusenerTom MoodySaqlain Mushtaq
2001Mark AlleyneMartin BicknellAndrew CaddickJustin LangerDarren Lehmann
2002Andy FlowerAdam GilchristJason GillespieV. V. S. LaxmanDamien Martyn
2003Matthew HaydenAdam HollioakeNasser HussainShaun PollockMichael Vaughan
2004Chris AdamsAndrew FlintoffIan HarveyGary KirstenGraeme Smith
2005Ashley GilesSteve HarmisonRobert KeyAndrew StraussMarcus Trescothick
2006Matthew HoggardSimon JonesBrett LeeKevin PietersenRicky Ponting
2007Paul CollingwoodMahela JayawardeneMohammed YousufMonty PanesarMark Ramprakash
2008Ian BellShivnarine ChanderpaulOttis GibsonZaheer KhanRyan Sidebottom
2009James AndersonDale BenkensteinMark BoucherNeil McKenzieClaire Taylor
2010Stuart BroadMichael ClarkeGraham OnionsMatt PriorGraeme Swann
2011Tamim IqbalEoin MorganChris ReadJonathan TrottNot awarded
2012Tim BresnanAlastair CookGlen ChappleAlan RichardsonKumar Sangakkara
2013Nick ComptonHashim AmlaJacques KallisDale SteynMarlon Samuels
2014Shikhar DhawanCharlotte EdwardsRyan HarrisChris RogersJoe Root
2015Moeen AliGary BallanceAdam LythAngelo MathewsJeetan Patel
2016Jonny BairstowBrendon McCullumSteve SmithBen StokesKane Williamson
2017Ben DuckettYounis KhanMisbah-ul-HaqToby Roland-JonesChris Woakes
2018Shai HopeHeather KnightJamie PorterNatalie SciverAnya Shrubsole
2019Tammy BeaumontRory BurnsJos ButtlerSam CurranVirat Kohli
2020Jofra ArcherPat CumminsSimon HarmerMarnus LabuschagneEllyse Perry
2021Zak CrawleyDarren StevensJason HolderDom SibleyMohammad Rizwan