Winners List of “Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World Award”

    Wisden Award
    Wisden Award

    The Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World is an annual cricket award selected by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack to honor the cricketer based upon their performances anywhere in the world in the previous calendar year.

    • It was established in 2004.
    • Since 1889, Wisden has published a list of Cricketers of the Year, typically selecting five cricketers that had the greatest impact during the previous English cricket season.
    • In the 2000 edition, the editor Matthew Engel recognized 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.
    • This criterion was applied for the following three years, but in 2004 it reverted to being based on the English season, and a Leading Cricketer in the World was also selected.
    • An Australian, Ricky Ponting was chosen as the first winner of the award, for scoring 1,503 runs in international cricket, including eleven centuries during 2003.
    • The recipient of the award is selected by the editor of Wisden, with advice from cricket experts.

    Wisden Leading Cricketer in World Award Winners list 

    Following are the list of Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World Award Winners since its established year(2004).

    Note that each year’s Leading Cricketer of the World is announced in the following year’s Wisden, so the 2003 winner was announced in 2004, and so on.

    2003Ricky Ponting Australia
    2004Shane Warne Australia
    2005Andrew Flintoff England
    2006Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka
    2007Jacques Kallis South Africa
    2008Virender Sehwag India
    2009Virender Sehwag India
    2010Sachin Tendulkar India
    2011Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka
    2012Michael Clarke Australia
    2013Dale Steyn South Africa
    2014Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka
    2015Kane Williamson New Zealand
    2016Virat Kohli India
    2017Virat Kohli India
    2018Virat Kohli India
    2019Ben Stokes England
    2020Ben Stokes England


    Notional list

    A notional list of previous winners, spanning from 1900 to 2002, was published in the 2007 edition of Wisden.

    • In the 2007 edition of Wisden, a list of winners for previous years was published.
    • A sixteen-person panel helped to select the winners, which Engel described as the cricketer that “would have been the first name down in the World XI to play Mars”.
    • It was decided that the first year that would be listed was 1900, as prior to that Engel claimed international cricket was too “inchoate and haphazard to make comparison sensible”
    • No players were named for the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 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 Leading Cricketer in the World Award.
    1900K. S. Ranjitsinhji England
    1901C. B. Fry England
    1902Victor Trumper Australia
    1903C. B. Fry England
    1904Bernard Bosanquet England
    1905Stanley Jackson England
    1906George Hirst England
    1907Bert Vogler South Africa
    1908Monty Noble Australia
    1909Wilfred Rhodes England
    1910Aubrey Faulkner South Africa
    1911Victor Trumper Australia
    1912Sydney Barnes England
    1913Sydney Barnes England
    1914Jack Hobbs England
    1915–18Not awarded due to World War I
    1919Jack Gregory Australia
    1920Herbie Collins Australia
    1921Charlie Macartney Australia
    1922Jack Hobbs England
    1923Patsy Hendren England
    1924Maurice Tate England
    1925Jack Hobbs England
    1926Charlie Macartney Australia
    1927Bill Ponsford Australia
    1928Tich Freeman England
    1929Wally Hammond England
    1930Don Bradman Australia
    1931Don Bradman Australia
    1932Don Bradman Australia
    1933Harold Larwood England
    1934Don Bradman Australia
    1935Stan McCabe Australia
    1936Don Bradman Australia
    1937Don Bradman Australia
    1938Don Bradman Australia
    1939Don Bradman Australia
    1940–45Not awarded due to World War II
    1946Don Bradman Australia
    1947Denis Compton England
    1948Don Bradman Australia
    1949Len Hutton England
    1950Frank Worrell West Indies
    1951Keith Miller Australia
    1952Len Hutton England
    1953Alec Bedser England
    1954Clyde Walcott West Indies
    1955Frank Tyson England
    1956Jim Laker England
    1957Peter May England
    1958Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1959Richie Benaud Australia
    1960Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1961Alan Davidson Australia
    1962Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1963Fred Trueman England
    1964Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1965Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1966Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1967Graeme Pollock South Africa
    1968Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1969Graeme Pollock South Africa
    1970Garfield Sobers West Indies
    1971Mike Procter South Africa
    1972Dennis Lillee Australia
    1973Barry Richards South Africa
    1974Jeff Thomson Australia
    1975Clive Lloyd West Indies
    1976Viv Richards West Indies
    1977Dennis Lillee Australia
    1978Viv Richards West Indies
    1979Greg Chappell Australia
    1980Viv Richards West Indies
    1981Ian Botham England
    1982Imran Khan Pakistan
    1983Kapil Dev India
    1984Joel Garner West Indies
    1985Richard Hadlee New Zealand
    1986Malcolm Marshall West Indies
    1987Martin Crowe New Zealand
    1988Malcolm Marshall West Indies
    1989Allan Border Australia
    1990Graham Gooch England
    1991Curtly Ambrose West Indies
    1992Wasim Akram Pakistan
    1993Shane Warne Australia
    1994Brian Lara West Indies
    1995Brian Lara West Indies
    1996Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka
    1997Shane Warne Australia
    1998Sachin Tendulkar India
    1999Steve Waugh Australia
    2000Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka
    2001Glenn McGrath Australia
    2002Matthew Hayden Australia