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.

    Year Player Country
    2003 Ricky Ponting  Australia
    2004 Shane Warne  Australia
    2005 Andrew Flintoff  England
    2006 Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
    2007 Jacques Kallis  South Africa
    2008 Virender Sehwag  India
    2009 Virender Sehwag  India
    2010 Sachin Tendulkar  India
    2011 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka
    2012 Michael Clarke  Australia
    2013 Dale Steyn  South Africa
    2014 Kumar Sangakkara  Sri Lanka
    2015 Kane Williamson  New Zealand
    2016 Virat Kohli  India
    2017 Virat Kohli  India
    2018 Virat Kohli  India
    2019 Ben Stokes  England
    2020 Ben 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.
    Year Player Country
    1900 K. S. Ranjitsinhji  England
    1901 C. B. Fry  England
    1902 Victor Trumper  Australia
    1903 C. B. Fry  England
    1904 Bernard Bosanquet  England
    1905 Stanley Jackson  England
    1906 George Hirst  England
    1907 Bert Vogler  South Africa
    1908 Monty Noble  Australia
    1909 Wilfred Rhodes  England
    1910 Aubrey Faulkner  South Africa
    1911 Victor Trumper  Australia
    1912 Sydney Barnes  England
    1913 Sydney Barnes  England
    1914 Jack Hobbs  England
    1915–18 Not awarded due to World War I
    1919 Jack Gregory  Australia
    1920 Herbie Collins  Australia
    1921 Charlie Macartney  Australia
    1922 Jack Hobbs  England
    1923 Patsy Hendren  England
    1924 Maurice Tate  England
    1925 Jack Hobbs  England
    1926 Charlie Macartney  Australia
    1927 Bill Ponsford  Australia
    1928 Tich Freeman  England
    1929 Wally Hammond  England
    1930 Don Bradman  Australia
    1931 Don Bradman  Australia
    1932 Don Bradman  Australia
    1933 Harold Larwood  England
    1934 Don Bradman  Australia
    1935 Stan McCabe  Australia
    1936 Don Bradman  Australia
    1937 Don Bradman  Australia
    1938 Don Bradman  Australia
    1939 Don Bradman  Australia
    1940–45 Not awarded due to World War II
    1946 Don Bradman  Australia
    1947 Denis Compton  England
    1948 Don Bradman  Australia
    1949 Len Hutton  England
    1950 Frank Worrell  West Indies
    1951 Keith Miller  Australia
    1952 Len Hutton  England
    1953 Alec Bedser  England
    1954 Clyde Walcott  West Indies
    1955 Frank Tyson  England
    1956 Jim Laker  England
    1957 Peter May  England
    1958 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1959 Richie Benaud  Australia
    1960 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1961 Alan Davidson  Australia
    1962 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1963 Fred Trueman  England
    1964 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1965 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1966 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1967 Graeme Pollock  South Africa
    1968 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1969 Graeme Pollock  South Africa
    1970 Garfield Sobers  West Indies
    1971 Mike Procter  South Africa
    1972 Dennis Lillee  Australia
    1973 Barry Richards  South Africa
    1974 Jeff Thomson  Australia
    1975 Clive Lloyd  West Indies
    1976 Viv Richards  West Indies
    1977 Dennis Lillee  Australia
    1978 Viv Richards  West Indies
    1979 Greg Chappell  Australia
    1980 Viv Richards  West Indies
    1981 Ian Botham  England
    1982 Imran Khan  Pakistan
    1983 Kapil Dev  India
    1984 Joel Garner  West Indies
    1985 Richard Hadlee  New Zealand
    1986 Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
    1987 Martin Crowe  New Zealand
    1988 Malcolm Marshall  West Indies
    1989 Allan Border  Australia
    1990 Graham Gooch  England
    1991 Curtly Ambrose  West Indies
    1992 Wasim Akram  Pakistan
    1993 Shane Warne  Australia
    1994 Brian Lara  West Indies
    1995 Brian Lara  West Indies
    1996 Sanath Jayasuriya  Sri Lanka
    1997 Shane Warne  Australia
    1998 Sachin Tendulkar  India
    1999 Steve Waugh  Australia
    2000 Muttiah Muralitharan  Sri Lanka
    2001 Glenn McGrath  Australia
    2002 Matthew Hayden  Australia