The 2020 Wisden Book of the Year
‘A fascinating book, essential for anyone who wishes to understand cricket’s new age . . . They have spoken to dozens and dozens of the world’s leading cricketers and, more than any other book, got under the skin of how T20 is played, and why . . . The ultimate takeaway – you realise by the end of this intelligent, absorbing, detailed survey of where and how we have reached this moment in the history of the game – is that soon, perhaps sooner than we think, T20 and Test cricket, already diverging, will be seen as cousins rather than siblings. Cricket 2.0 will not be with us for long; 3.0 is already in development. While we wait, Cricket 2.0 is the Wisden Book of the Year’ – Alex Massie, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
‘A fascinating insight into how the newest format has impacted on the game at every level including Test cricket. Essential reading for T20 fans and traditional followers’ – Scyld Berry, The Telegraph
‘An invaluable guide by two smart young writers to the story of T20 cricket, to the strategies that underpin it and to the players who have made the format’ – Mike Atherton, The Times
'Cricket 2.0 is the definitive book for those looking to understand the T20 format – both on and off the pitch' – Nasser Hussain
‘excellent . . . both breezily engaging, and full of the format’s latest, best and nerdiest thinking’ – Gideon Haigh, The Australian
‘the first essential study of the T20 game, studded with analysis and big-name interviewees’ – Wisden
‘A lucid and thoughtful guide to the T20 phenomenon’ – The New Statesman
‘The most original cricket book of the year . . . their expertise and the depth of their research are evident on almost every page’ – Paul Edwards, ESPNcricinfo
‘Wigmore and Wilde take us on an absorbing ride . . . well written, some of their revelations come with the startling force of unexpected thunder on a still night’ – Suresh Menon, The Hindu
‘Tim and Freddie are the torchbearers of tomorrow, we must listen to them’ – Harsha Bhogle, CricBuzz
‘T20 is here to stay and we should celebrate and cherish all the skills involved . . . it is only going to get bigger’ – Michael Vaughan, The Telegraph
Forewords by Harsha Bhogle and Michael Vaughan
Cricket 2.0 tells the story of how an old, traditional game was transformed by Twenty20 and how this format moved from being a gimmick to the face of modern cricket.
Using exclusive interviews with those at its heart, Tim Wigmore and Freddie Wilde chronicle this revolution with insight, forensic analysis and story-telling verve.
The iconic captain Brendon McCullum, England’s T20 visionaries Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler and Trinidad’s Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, who rose to become among the first T20 millionaires, explain how they shaped T20 – and how it shaped them. Test greats Rahul Dravid and Ricky Ponting recount what a sea-change T20 represented and decode T20 strategy. AB de Villiers explores the limits of modern batting. The Afghan phenomenon Rashid Khan shows that T20 superstars can now come from anywhere. Venky Mysore, the cricket revolutionary you have never heard of, reveals how the game is changing off the field.
Through a prism of compelling human-interest stories and featuring interviews with more than fifty players and coaches, Cricket 2.0 examines how a cocktail of globalisation, new aggressive tactics and huge investment are changing the sport faster than ever before, while analysing the myriad ways in which a traditional game has been revolutionised forever, both on and off the pitch.
Told with vivid clarity and insight, this is the extraordinary and previously misunderstood story of Twenty20 cricket and how it is shaping the future of the game.
Featuring forewords by Michael Vaughan and Harsha Bhogle, and exclusive interviews with figures including:
- Eoin Morgan
- Jos Buttler
- Brendon McCullum
- Rashid Khan
- Kieron Pollard
- Jason Gillespie
- Ricky Ponting
- Rahul Dravid
- Venky Mysore, the boss of Kolkata Knight Riders
- Shane Warne
- Washington Sundar
- Trevor Bayliss
- Sunil Narine
- Samuel Badree
- Sandeep Lamichhane
- Andrew Tye
- Tom Moody
Tim Wigmore is a sports journalist for The Daily Telegraph, and has also written for ESPN, The New York Times and The Economist. Tim is a former winner of the CMJ Young Cricket Journalist of the Year, and runner-up for the Ian Woodbridge Young Sports Writer of the Year award. His first book, Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts, was named one of The Guardian's sports books of the year for 2015.
Freddie Wilde works as an analyst and is on the editorial team at the cricket data analytics company CricViz who provide services to broadcasters, professional teams and players. Freddie is also a freelance journalist, specialising in T20 cricket. He has written for ESPNcricinfo, The Cricket Monthly, All Out Cricket, CricBuzz, Wisden India and others.