December 3, 2009

World Cricket Podcast

'Sehwag eats man-eating lions'

Andy Zaltzman

The groundbreaking first instalment in Andy Zaltzman's series of world cricket podcasts is here. In this special guest-free edition, Zaltzman turns an eye to the cavalcade of cricket that has been shovelled into our faces of late. Among the highlights: a look at the Dunedin Test, of which, despite not having watched a ball, he loved every ball; the first and last "paltry/poultry" pun ever; ways Mohammad Asif can get banned in future; the Zaltz Stat of the moment; the team that (sometimes) executes their plans as smoothly as Henry VIII did his wives; and in a world-first, a joke that features both Ali Naqvi and Dirk Wellham.

Read the transcript of the podcast here

Download the audio here (mp3, right-click to save)

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Posted by Ricky Ponting on (January 15, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

Sehwag is the best!!

Posted by Ravi Sharma on (December 25, 2009, 23:26 GMT)

Excellent. This type of writing should re-generate interest in reading cricinfo's articles...Much like T20 renewed interest in all forms of cricket...hey keep it up...the 20-20 of cricinfo's articles!!!

Posted by deep on (December 23, 2009, 17:48 GMT)

i watch cricket match only because of sehwag.

if he gets out i witch off the tv set.

ypu can understand what type of god gifted talent that man has...

Posted by Safic Paravanda on (December 20, 2009, 14:58 GMT)

It is really interestin players did I see yet. I watch cricket for players like sewag, gyle

Posted by Chetan on (December 14, 2009, 14:31 GMT)

My world is divided into two parts. One is for Sehwag's batting and the other is for the rest of factors.

Sehwag is meant for Cricket only.

Thanks to GOD who has created such a great player i.e. VIRENDER SEHWAG ...

Keep it up man.

--- Chetan

Posted by Oliver Chettle on (December 7, 2009, 4:11 GMT)

This is probably funny, but I don't listen to podcasts because it is too hard to skip, or to go back over the good bits. Please stick to text in the future.

Posted by bgc on (December 5, 2009, 6:09 GMT)

Liked it.

Posted by Jeremy Hicks on (December 4, 2009, 12:02 GMT)

Haven't listened to it yet (see point 1 below), but I have two comments: (1) Can we please have the facility to download the podcast as an MP3? I don't want to listen to it when I'm working, but when I'm travelling to or from work (and not connected to the internet). (2) Please don't play the sound automatically when the page is displayed. I would like to choose when I hear it, not have it thrust upon me. I am quite capable of pressing 'play' when necessary.

Posted by waterbuffalo on (December 4, 2009, 9:28 GMT)

Liked the jokes about Shastri and Zaheer Abbas. I saw Sehwag play in his first ODI, and he scored a 50 and it was obvious this guy was going to be a star. He scored a 300 against Pakistan , and had the nerve to bring up his 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 with Sixes. Apropos New Zealand it seems to me they have always had very bright captains who managed to get their teams to punch above their weight. Three that come to mind are Martin Crowe, Fleming and Vettori, it is an absolute delight to listen to Crowe commentating on the current series with Pakistan, when you have Healy in Australia and Lloyd in England it is easy to see why it is better to be born deaf. I miss Boycott and look forward to Ian Chappell in the Pak series, in Australia. How can you possibly listen to a man (Healy) who sold women's clothing?

Posted by Manish on (December 4, 2009, 6:43 GMT)

simply this can be said that viru is the most dangerous batsman anyone has seen in the history of cricket. though he has not been able to make another triple century, he is sure to do this on some another day very soon. when he is on the ground, the bowlers don't have much to do, instead to just bowl at their best and watch him batting at his best! amazing!

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Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on ESPNcricinfo.

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