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".[2] The award began in 1889 with the naming of "Six Great Bowlers of the Year",[3] and continued with the naming of "Nine Great Batsmen of the Year" in 1890 and "Five Great Wicket-Keepers" in 1891.[4]

Since 1897, with a few notable exceptions, the annual award has recognised five players of the year. No players were named 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.[4] From 1941 to 1946, the Second World War caused the same issue and no players were named. Three players have been sole recipients: W. G. Grace (1896), Plum Warner (1921) and Jack Hobbs (1926). The latter two selections are the only exceptions to the rule that a player may receive the award only once. Hobbs was first recognised in 1909, but was selected a second time in 1926 to honour his breaking W. G. Grace's record of 126 first-class hundreds;[5] Warner was first honoured in 1904, but received a second award in 1921 for his last season in first-class cricket, when he led Middlesex to a County Championship win.[5] John Wisden, cricketer and eponymous founder of the almanack, was featured in a special commemorative section in the Jubilee edition of the publication in 1913, 29 years posthumously.[6]

From 2000 to 2003 the award was made based on players' impact on cricket worldwide rather than just the preceding season in England,[4] but the decision was reversed in 2004 with the introduction of a separate Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World award.[7]

The earliest surviving recipient of the award is Sonny Ramadhin (1951), which he became in August 2015 with the death of Arthur Morris. The longest that a recipient has lived after receiving the award is 77 years by Harry Calder (1918), who died in 1995. Calder, however, uniquely for a recipient, played no first-class cricket. Among first-class players, the longest lived after receipt of the award is 74 years by Wilfred Rhodes (1899). Two women have been chosen: Claire Taylor (2009) and Charlotte Edwards (2014).

List of Cricketers of the Year

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
1892[2]William AttewellJ. T. HearneFrederick MartinArthur MoldJohn Sharpe
1893[2]Herbie HewettLionel PalairetWalter ReadStanley ScottAndrew Stoddart
1894[2]George GiffenAlec HearneStanley JacksonHarry TrottTed Wainwright
1895[2]Bill BrockwellJack BrownC. B. FryTom HaywardArchie MacLaren
1896W. G. Grace
1897[2]Syd GregoryDick LilleyK. S. RanjitsinhjiTom RichardsonHugh Trumble
1898Frederick BullWillis CuttellFrank DruceGilbert JessopJack Mason
1899[2]Wilfred RhodesWilliam StorerCharlie TownsendAlbert TrottWilliam Lockwood
1900[2]Joe DarlingClem HillArthur JonesMonty NobleRobert Poore
1901[2]Tip 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
1909[2]Walter BrearleyLord HawkeJack HobbsAlan MarshalJohn Newstead
1910Warren BardsleySydney BarnesDouglas CarrArthur DayVernon Ransford
1911Harry FosterAlfred HartleyCharlie LlewellynRazor SmithFrank Woolley
1912[2]Frank FosterJ. W. HearneSep KinneirPhil MeadHerbert Strudwick
1913John Wisden[6]
1914Major BoothGeorge GunnBill HitchAlbert RelfLionel Tennyson
1915Johnny DouglasPercy FenderWally HardingeDonald KnightSydney Smith
1918Harry CalderJohn FirthClement GibsonGerard RotherhamGreville Stevens
1919[3]Percy AdamsPercy ChapmanAdrian GoreLionel HedgesNorman Partridge
1920[3]Andy DucatPatsy HendrenPercy HolmesHerbert SutcliffeErnest Tyldesley
1921Plum Warner
1922Hubert AshtonJack BryanJack GregoryCharlie MacartneyTed McDonald
1923Arthur CarrTich FreemanCharlie ParkerJack RussellAndy Sandham
1924Arthur GilliganRoy KilnerGeorge MacaulayCec ParkinMaurice Tate
1925Bob CatterallJack MacBryanHerbie TaylorDick TyldesleyDodger Whysall
1926Jack Hobbs
1927George GearyHarold LarwoodJack MercerBert OldfieldBill Woodfull
1928Roger BluntCharlie HallowsWally HammondDouglas JardineVallance Jupp
1929Les AmesGeorge DuckworthMaurice LeylandSam StaplesJack White
1930Ted BowleyK. S. DuleepsinhjiTuppy 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
1937Charles BarnettBill CopsonAlf GoverVijay MerchantStan Worthington
1938Tom GoddardJoe HardstaffLeonard HuttonJim Parks, Sr.Eddie 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 Jayasuriya[3]Mushtaq 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[3]
2012Tim BresnanAlastair CookGlen ChappleAlan RichardsonKumar Sangakkara
2013Nick ComptonHashim AmlaJacques KallisDale SteynMarlon Samuels
2014[3]Shikhar DhawanCharlotte EdwardsRyan HarrisChris RogersJoe Root
2015Moeen AliGary BallanceAdam LythAngelo MathewsJeetan Patel
2016Jonny BairstowBrendon McCullumSteve SmithBen StokesKane Williamson