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The Wisden Exclusive Club

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Over the years, the Wisden Cricket Almanac has announced a list of exclusive cricketers such as annual Wisden Cricketers of the Year , Five Cricketers of the Century, 40 best cricketers in the world in 2002 and now 40 leading cricketers in international cricket in 2004.

And in this exclusive list, except in the Five Cricketers of the Century, as many as 17 Indian cricketers appear. The most notable omission from this exclusive club is skipper Saurav Ganguly.

Details of the Indian players who have been named by Wisden in their exclusive list of players from time to time:

Wisden's Cricketers of the Year (15):

Name Year
Iftikhar Ali Pataudi 1932
C K Nayudu 1933
Vijay Merchant 1937
Vinoo Mankad 1947
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi 1968
Bhagwat Chandrashekar 1972
Sunil Gavaskar 1980
Kapil Dev 1983
Mohinder Amarnath 1984
Dilip Vengsarkar 1987
Mohammad Azharuddin 1991
Anil Kumble 1996
Sachin Tendulkar 1997
Rahul Dravid 2000
V.V.S.Laxman 2002


Among 40 best cicketers in the world in 2002 (6):

The all time greats -Sachin Tendulkar
The almost great - Rahul Dravid
The merely excellent - Anil Kumble
The men of the moment - V.V.S.Laxman
The coming men - Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag


Among the 40 leading cricketers in the world in 2004 (5):

Sachin Tendulkar
Rahul Dravid
Anil Kumble
V.V.S.Laxman
Virender Sehwag


However none of the Indians figures in the exclusive list of Five Cricketers of the Century:

Donald Bradman
Garfield Sobers
Jack Hobbs Shane Warne
Vivian Richards