Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World

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The Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award was introduced in 2004 to complement the long-standing Wisden Cricketer of the Year awards, which are still given to five players each year.

The accolade is awarded by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack to the player who has made the most dominant performances in the year before the publication of each year's almanack (roughly early in the calendar year preceding publication to early in the calendar year of publication). Unlike the Wisden Cricketer of the Year awards, the distinction of Leading Cricketer of the World can be given to the same player more than once.

For the 2007 edition, a panel of experts was employed to select the leading cricketer for each year from 1900 to 2002, with the exception of the years of the two World Wars.

List of award winners[edit]

Year Player Country
2014 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka [1]
2013 Dale Steyn South Africa[2]
2012 Michael Clarke Australia
2011 Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka
2010 Sachin Tendulkar India
2009 Virender Sehwag India
2008 Virender Sehwag India
2007 Jacques Kallis South Africa
2006 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka
2005 Andrew Flintoff England
2004 Shane Warne Australia
2003 Ricky Ponting Australia
Notional winners
2002 Matthew Hayden Australia
2001 Glenn McGrath Australia
2000 Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka
1999 Steve Waugh Australia
1998 Sachin Tendulkar India
1997 Shane Warne Australia
1996 Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka
1995 Brian Lara West Indies
1994 Brian Lara West Indies
1993 Shane Warne Australia
1992 Wasim Akram Pakistan
1991 Curtly Ambrose West Indies
1990 Graham Gooch England
1989 Allan Border Australia
1988 Malcolm Marshall West Indies
1987 Martin Crowe New Zealand
1986 Malcolm Marshall West Indies
1985 Richard Hadlee New Zealand
1984 Joel Garner West Indies
1983 Kapil Dev India
1982 Imran Khan Pakistan
1981 Ian Botham England
1980 Vivian Richards West Indies
1979 Greg Chappell Australia
1978 Vivian Richards West Indies
1977 Dennis Lillee Australia
1976 Vivian Richards West Indies
1975 Clive Lloyd West Indies
1974 Jeff Thomson Australia
1973 Barry Richards South Africa
1972 Dennis Lillee Australia
1971 Mike Procter South Africa
1970 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1969 Graeme Pollock South Africa
1968 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1967 Graeme Pollock South Africa
1966 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1965 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1964 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1963 Fred Trueman England
1962 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1961 Alan Davidson Australia
1960 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1959 Richie Benaud Australia
1958 Garfield Sobers West Indies
1957 Peter May England
1956 Jim Laker England
1955 Frank Tyson England
1954 Clyde Walcott West Indies
1953 Alec Bedser England
1952 Len Hutton England
1951 Keith Miller Australia
1950 Frank Worrell West Indies
1949 Len Hutton England
1948 Don Bradman Australia
1947 Denis Compton England
1946 Don Bradman Australia
1939 Don Bradman Australia
1938 Don Bradman Australia
1937 Don Bradman Australia
1936 Don Bradman Australia
1935 Stan McCabe Australia
1934 Don Bradman Australia
1933 Harold Larwood England
1932 Don Bradman Australia
1931 Don Bradman Australia
1930 Don Bradman Australia
1929 Wally Hammond England
1928 Tich Freeman England
1927 Bill Ponsford Australia
1926 Charlie Macartney Australia
1925 Jack Hobbs England
1924 Maurice Tate England
1923 Patsy Hendren England
1922 Jack Hobbs England
1921 Charlie Macartney Australia
1920 Herbie Collins Australia
1919 Jack Gregory Australia
1914 Jack Hobbs England
1913 Sydney Barnes England
1912 Sydney Barnes England
1911 Victor Trumper Australia
1910 Aubrey Faulkner South Africa
1909 Wilfred Rhodes England
1908 Monty Noble Australia
1907 Bert Vogler South Africa
1906 George Hirst England
1905 Stanley Jackson England
1904 Bernard Bosanquet England
1903 C B Fry England
1902 Victor Trumper Australia
1901 C B Fry England
1900 K S Ranjitsinhji England

Multiple Winners[edit]

  • 10: Don Bradman
  • 8: Gary Sobers
  • 3: Jack Hobbs, Vivian Richards, Shane Warne
  • 2: Sydney Barnes, C B Fry, Len Hutton, Brian Lara, Dennis Lillee, Charlie Macartney, Malcolm Marshall, Muttiah Muralitharan, Graeme Pollock, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Victor Trumper, Kumar Sangakkara

Winners by Country[edit]

  • 35: Australia
  • 28: England
  • 20: West Indies
  • 7: South Africa
  • 5: India
  • 4: Sri Lanka
  • 2: New Zealand, Pakistan


  • Up to and including 2012.
  • Note that the year given is the year for which the player won the award rather than the edition of Wisden in which it was announced. For instance, Sehwag's award for 2008 was announced in the 2009 edition.


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