The Wisden 100 is a set of lists created by Wisden which attempted to objectively rate the 100 best individual innings performances in Test and One Day International cricket in each of the disciplines of batting and bowling. The Test list was released in 2001 and the ODI list was released in 2002.
The ratings were calculated by scoring each individual batting and bowling performance in various criteria. Apart from the player's actual score or figures, criteria which were taken into account included the strength of the opposition players, the quality of the pitch, the result of the match, and the player's contribution to this result. The maximum possible rating was 300.
The Wisden 100 list for Test cricket was released on 26 July 2001.
The top-rated batting performance was Donald Bradman's 270 for Australia against England at Melbourne in the 1936-37 Ashes series. 5 of Bradman's innings appeared in the top 100, more than any other batsman.
The top-rated bowling performance was Hugh Tayfield's 9/113 for South Africa against England at Johannesburg in the 1956-57 series. Curtly Ambrose and Harbhajan Singh each had 4 performances in the top 100, more than any other bowler.
|2||Brian Lara||153*||West Indies||Australia||Bridgetown||1998-99||255.2|
|3||Graham Gooch||154*||England||West Indies||Leeds||1991||252.0|
|5||Donald Bradman||299*||Australia||South Africa||Adelaide||1931-32||236.8|
|6||V. V. S. Laxman||281||India||Australia||Kolkata||2000-01||234.8|
|8||Azhar Mahmood||132||Pakistan||South Africa||Durban||1997-98||232.6|
|9||Kim Hughes||100*||Australia||West Indies||Melbourne||1981-82||229.7|
|10||Brian Lara||375||West Indies||England||St. John's||1993-94||228.1|
For the full list, see Top 100 Batsmen (Test) at Rediff.com.
|1||Hugh Tayfield||9/113||South Africa||England||Johannesburg||1956-57||253.9|
|5||Richard Hadlee||9/52||New Zealand||Australia||Brisbane||1985-86||237.1|
|6||Devon Malcolm||9/57||England||South Africa||The Oval, London||1994||234.4|
|8||Hedley Verity||8/43||England||Australia||Lord's, London||1934||225.1|
|9||Bill O'Reilly||7/54||Australia||England||Trent Bridge||1934||224.3|
|10||Graham McKenzie||8/71||Australia||West Indies||Melbourne||1968-69||224.1|
For the full list, see Top 100 Bowlers (Test) at Rediff.com.
Despite his highly impressive career record, not one of Sachin Tendulkar's innings appeared in the top 100 batting performances. His omission was strongly criticised by fans and many sections of the media in India. Wisden defended the list stating that performances which majorly contributed to victories received a much larger weighting than those in which the match was drawn or lost. Tendulkar's most important innings had usually come in draws and defeats which received a lower weighting.
The list also received general criticism from a few leading sports editors.
The list has had no official updated release since its inception. However, shortly after the list's release, Wisden stated that Mark Butcher's match-winning innings of 173* in the 4th Test of the 2001 Ashes series placed him in 48th place on the batting list with a rating of 200.8.
Following the success of the list for Test cricket, the Wisden 100 list for ODI cricket was released on 1 February 2002.
|1||Viv Richards||189*||West Indies||England||Old Trafford||1984||257.59|
|2||Viv Richards||138*||West Indies||England||Lord's, London||1979||245.76|
|3||Sanath Jayasuriya||189||Sri Lanka||India||Sharjah||2000||245.33|
|4||Kapil Dev||175*||India||Zimbabwe||Tunbridge Wells||1983||241.87|
|6||David Gower||158||England||New Zealand||Brisbane||1983||219.84|
|7||Brian Lara||169||West Indies||Sri Lanka||Sharjah||1995||215.21|
|8||Aravinda de Silva||107*||Sri Lanka||Australia||Lahore||1996||212.91|
|9||Clive Lloyd||102||West Indies||Australia||Lord's, London||1975||209.84|
|10||Brian Lara||153||West Indies||Pakistan||Sharjah||1993||204.46|
For the full list, see Top 100 Batsmen (ODI) at Rediff.com.
|4||Chaminda Vaas||8/19||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||Colombo||2001||174.94|
|5||Chaminda Vaas||5/14||Sri Lanka||India||Sharjah||2000||173.93|
|6||Joel Garner||5/38||West Indies||England||Lord's, London||1979||172.78|
|7||Sunil Joshi||5/6||India||South Africa||Nairobi||1999||170.66|
|8||Shaun Pollock||5/36||South Africa||Australia||Birmingham||1999||161.99|
|9||Muttiah Muralitharan||7/30||Sri Lanka||India||Sharjah||2000||160.02|
|10||Madan Lal||3/31||India||West Indies||Lord's, London||1983||158.50|
For the full list, see Top 100 Bowlers (ODI) at Rediff.com.
As with the Test cricket list, this list has had no official updated release since its inception. However, Wisden stated that Ricky Ponting's 140* against India in the 2003 World Cup final placed him 2nd on the batting list.
Following the launch of the top Test and ODI performances lists, Wisden received many requests asking whether it was possible to create a ranking list of all-time great players by using the same formula and examining the average rating each player received per innings. Including a weighting for players with longer careers, Wisden arrived at the lists below. In Tests, Donald Bradman was the clear leader in the batting category and Muttiah Muralitharan was ranked as the top bowler. In the ODI section, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram are the top-ranked players.
|2||Sachin Tendulkar||1000. 5|
For the full Top 10 list for Test cricket, see All-time W100 Test Top 10s at Cricinfo.com.
For the full Top 10 list for ODI cricket, see All-time W100 ODI Top 10s at Cricinfo.com.