John Wisden 187th birthday: Things to know about great cricketer



The 187th birthday of John Wisden, English cricketer who played 187 first-class cricket matches for three English county cricket teams, is being celebrated with Google doodle on Australian homepage.

Here are few things that you should know about the great cricketer:

The doodle features John Wisden playing cricket. The letter L in the doodle has been replaced with a cricket pitch.


He was born at Brighton on September 5, 1826.

After the death of his father, he went to live with Tom Box under whose guidance Wisden’s cricketing abilities soon developed.

He made his debut for Sussex at 18 years of age.

Wisden was said to be the best all-rounder of his day

He began a cricket-equipment business in Leamington Spa in 1850 and, five years later, he opened a ‘cricket and cigar’ shop near Leicester Square in central London.

On his retirement from cricket in 1863 at the relatively early age of 37 as a result of rheumatism, Wisden started publishing his annual Cricketers ‘Almanack.

Wisden died of cancer, aged 57, in the flat above his Cranbourn Street shop.