On Wisden summit, Big Ben displaces Virat
The morning of Thursday, April 9, is a big moment in cricket because the new Wisden is published in London.
Bloomsbury Publishing, which has brought out the 157th edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2020 — hardback edition (£55), The Shorter Wisden 2020 in Ebook (£9.99) or audiobook (£9.99) — says: “Wisden 2020 is made up of 1,536 pages and ten sections, including a special 80-page World Cup section and 56 pages of obituaries. It has 141 contributors. Also within its pages are reviews of books, plays, films, media, technology and the weather, as well as articles on cricket and the environment, and cricket in the courts.”
One obituary notice included this comment: “Bob Willis (1949–2019) himself was late only once: for his funeral, when the hearse got stuck in traffic in Barnes. He should have gone by bus.”
The book has plenty of gems for cricket lovers in India, says Wisden’s editor Lawrence Booth, who has added a personal note in his introductory piece: “My wife, Anjali, was — as ever — a rock. Our two-year-old daughter, Aleya, seemed to absorb something of the summer. One bedtime, she whispered: ‘Come on, Ben Stokes.’ ”