Wisden introduced "The Leading Cricketer in the World" award in 2004. The judges include 4 Englishmen and an Aussie. Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Andrew Flintoff, Muttiah Muralitharan, Jacques Kallis and Virender Sehwag have won this award since 2004.
This year, Indian Star Batsmen Virender Sehwag was named "Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2009". This is the second consecutive year he is winning the prestigious award. The Striker bagged the award for his quick scoring rate in Tests or ODI's than any other specialist batsman in the world.
The 31-year-old Indian who is often compared with Test cricket Legend Sir Donald Bradman had a tough competition from over others in the race which included England captain Andrew Strauss and Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan.
In 2009, Sehwag had a strike-rate of 108.9 with an average of 70. In ODIs he averaged 45 with a whooping strike-rate of 136.5.