First presented in 1889, Wisden’s annual Cricketers of the Year award is one of the most prestigious in the game. Although the numbers and the format varied a little over its first years, the award is now recognised as being given to the five players deemed to have had the largest impact on the game during the previous calendar year. Importantly, a player can only be named a Cricketer of the Year once during their career, adding to the award’s prestige.

Historically, performances in England are seen to be the determining factor, however this has softened in recent years and influence on the game as a whole has also been considered. To further recognise the breadth of cricket, an additional award was introduced for the Leading Cricketer of the World in 2004, followed by the Leading Women’s Cricketer of the World award in 2015.

2016 saw a remarkable result for the BLACKCAPS and WHITE FERNS with the current skipper of each side, Kane Williamson and Suzie Bates, recognised as the Leading Cricketers of the World. We also saw former-BLACKCAPS’ captain, Brendon McCullum, further recognised as a Cricketer of the Year. The list below details every New Zealander to have been recognised by Wisden.

 


 

YEARWISDEN'S CRICKETERS OF THE YEARWISDEN'S LEADING CRICKETER OF THE WORLDWISDEN'S LEADING WOMEN'S CRICKETER OF THE WORLD
Five selected, first awarded 1889One selected, first awarded 2003One selected, first awarded 2015
2016Brendon McCullum,
Kane Williamson
Kane WilliamsonSuzie Bates
2015Jeetan Patel
2000Chris Cairns
1985Martin Crowe
1984Jeremy Coney
1982Sir Richard Hadlee
1974Bevan Congdon
1971Glenn Turner
1966Dick Motz
1959John R Reid
1950Bert Sutcliffe
1948Martin Donnelly
1932Stewie Dempster
1928Roger BluntClick on a player's name to read their Wisden Cricketer of the Year story
New Zealand's first four Wisden Cricketers of the Year: Blunt, Sutcliffe & Donnelly, Dempster
New Zealand’s first four Wisden Cricketers of the Year: Blunt, Sutcliffe & Donnelly, Dempster

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