World Cricket Podcast February 20, 2010

An apology to Amla, and a fountain of stats

Andy Zaltzman eats his meals off a table made of Wisden s, and to prove it, here's a torrent of stats for your delectation
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Andy Zaltzman eats his meals off a table made of Wisdens, and to prove it, here's a torrent of stats for your delectation. Including incontrovertible proof of why Chris Tavaré was better than Virender Sehwag, and why the Waughs were, frankly, crap. Plus, the inevitable lies about cricketers - starring Kiran More, John Waite and others. All this plus an option to subscribe via iTunes. Yippee is all I can say.

Read the transcript of the podcast here

Download the entire podcast 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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  • JP on March 1, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Andy,

    You rock!!! It's absolutely hilarious!!! I am shouting from here (Coventry UK) after listening to u'r podcast just as the Eden garden crowd Roars!!! Cant u listen from London

    U are absolutely awesome!!! U r king of Statistics and Emperor of Podcast!!

    I just cant' wait for the Tendulkar Special PODCAST.It should be released this Weekend I guess!!

  • punkedge on February 24, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Can we have a tendulkar stat special now?? and ohh btw i statistically 100.00% love your writes & pods. come up with an adjective no one has heard b4 :) keep entertaining & enlightening.

  • Mick on February 23, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Great stuff as always Andy, Keep 'em coming!

  • Raoul on February 23, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Isn't the known universe some thirteen-and-a-half billion years old? A schoolboy error that, for someone who's such a stickler for stats.

  • AB on February 22, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Andy - brilliant as usual again. I have been trying to weasel your renowned statsman Steven Lynch into some incredible stats discussion, but he has stayed astute in his leaves outside off. However, I am wondering if I could entice you into an inconsiderate slash. I was pouring over VVS Laxman's stats and realized he has a 5:2 ratio of Centuries hit : Sixes hit (incl test+ODIs). Are you aware of other similar illustrious batting ratios in today's (your and mine cricket watching) age?

  • Chinar on February 22, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    "Amla's average has rocketed up like a 1980s Pakistani umpire's finger to an Abdul Qadir lbw appeal"...an absolute gem!!!

  • JIGNESH on February 22, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    What a sense of humor yo got about cricketers and cricket. It is so funny and laughable. Keep it up and give us more and more fun every day.

  • harry on February 21, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    "made bradman look like rusell arnold" haha.....that made my day......looks like rusell arnold has made his mark. ok he was not great but he wasnt that bad?????

  • RK on February 21, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    As mentioned, South Africa seems to be becoming the outsourcing destination for English cricket.

  • Ranjit Kumar on February 21, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Hashim Amla,He is night mare for all test playing Teams.South Africa should be proud to have such great palyer like him.He is well settled batsman in test cricket.If south Africa such cuouple players like him,the whole team will be happy.Then there will be no team in test cricket to defeat South Africa.Hats off to your batting and hatts off to your patience in the last Test series with India.Good Luck to your Future Hashim

  • JP on March 1, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Andy,

    You rock!!! It's absolutely hilarious!!! I am shouting from here (Coventry UK) after listening to u'r podcast just as the Eden garden crowd Roars!!! Cant u listen from London

    U are absolutely awesome!!! U r king of Statistics and Emperor of Podcast!!

    I just cant' wait for the Tendulkar Special PODCAST.It should be released this Weekend I guess!!

  • punkedge on February 24, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Can we have a tendulkar stat special now?? and ohh btw i statistically 100.00% love your writes & pods. come up with an adjective no one has heard b4 :) keep entertaining & enlightening.

  • Mick on February 23, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Great stuff as always Andy, Keep 'em coming!

  • Raoul on February 23, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Isn't the known universe some thirteen-and-a-half billion years old? A schoolboy error that, for someone who's such a stickler for stats.

  • AB on February 22, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Andy - brilliant as usual again. I have been trying to weasel your renowned statsman Steven Lynch into some incredible stats discussion, but he has stayed astute in his leaves outside off. However, I am wondering if I could entice you into an inconsiderate slash. I was pouring over VVS Laxman's stats and realized he has a 5:2 ratio of Centuries hit : Sixes hit (incl test+ODIs). Are you aware of other similar illustrious batting ratios in today's (your and mine cricket watching) age?

  • Chinar on February 22, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    "Amla's average has rocketed up like a 1980s Pakistani umpire's finger to an Abdul Qadir lbw appeal"...an absolute gem!!!

  • JIGNESH on February 22, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    What a sense of humor yo got about cricketers and cricket. It is so funny and laughable. Keep it up and give us more and more fun every day.

  • harry on February 21, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    "made bradman look like rusell arnold" haha.....that made my day......looks like rusell arnold has made his mark. ok he was not great but he wasnt that bad?????

  • RK on February 21, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    As mentioned, South Africa seems to be becoming the outsourcing destination for English cricket.

  • Ranjit Kumar on February 21, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Hashim Amla,He is night mare for all test playing Teams.South Africa should be proud to have such great palyer like him.He is well settled batsman in test cricket.If south Africa such cuouple players like him,the whole team will be happy.Then there will be no team in test cricket to defeat South Africa.Hats off to your batting and hatts off to your patience in the last Test series with India.Good Luck to your Future Hashim

  • Anil on February 21, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Andy, as usual, my body is wracked with well-spaced convulsions of barely suppressed titters. To people around me, I must resemble a whale in labour, albeit a very happy whale. Your (writing) style has shades of Douglas Adams, Dave Barry and Darryl Harper (who, as you know, writes remarkable Haiku when he's not not listening to the audio feed on his TV). Your stats are priceless indeed. Loved that one on Mark Richardson;s average! Keep them coming..

  • Faheem on February 21, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    This is hilarious...Well done, Andy. Look forward to more..

  • Raafay Zakaullah on February 21, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    stats guru :D

  • Srini on February 21, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Bring on Tavare? what for a 105 ball 30 runs? I will go with Shewag for a 67 ball 150 runs anytime without a second thought!

  • khan on February 20, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Nice work Andy.I first saw Amla when he played against England and struggled against their seamers.I probably wasn't alone in thinking that was the last we'd be seeing of him as he didn't perform well enough to cement the number 3 spot. Yet a lot of credit has to go to this amazingly hard working yet humble guy. He has worked on his batting and deserves his place as number 2 batsman in the world test rankings. I think there is so much more to come from Hashim,good luck mate.Although I am a Pakistani and support the country of my birth whenever they play I support England a close second. So good luck Cook and Co! As for India you have to appreciate the talent they have, Sehwag is the most destructive batsman in both formats of the game and they have other match winners ie Dhoni,Tendulkar,gambhir,laxman. Harbajan you are a good bowler but please you need to chill out man,you are not in the same league as Murali and Warne. Anil Kumble was a much better bowler than you,sorry sport.

  • nirmal on February 20, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    funny.. esp the secret SA dressing room recording with Amla :)) .. keep em coming

  • Suhail wani on February 20, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Tat was funny lyk bradman russel arnold and abt waugh brothers but my pick is amit mishra throwing crocs to amla,cnt stop laughing when i read tat.i tink amla wil accept ur apology cuz tis is ist time im seeing u praising any player so much and i think he deserves all the praise.

  • Saif on February 20, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Brilliant Andy, as always ..... The guest was just as good!

  • Craig on February 20, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    You are a born entertainer........loved what you had to say about Amla. Keep it coming...

  • monik on February 20, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazingggggggggggggg...i laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed.. and i m still laughing espeically the one in which ur friend hates the adverstizment company...it was sooooooooooooo funny.....koool guyzzz keep up the kool work

  • BangaloreCricketFanatic on February 20, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Andy, I am in stitches, it was so funny. Not sure too many folks on this side of the prime meridian get it. We are all so bloody serious and linear minded that we don't get a joke unless we're hit on the head with a large banner with the words: "This is a joke. Now ease up and laugh!" Anyways, keep on your merry ways.

  • faizal on February 20, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    good humour...Amla's a very good batsman who should do well in all forms of the game.

  • Manan Shah on February 20, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Haha, branding exercise!

  • lol on February 20, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    Lol! Gotta love the Eng fans, they're really good natured and have no problems with making fun of their team or their players. Good stuff. How on earth did Eng let Alviro Peterson slip through their fingers lol.

  • Salim on February 20, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Very good...

  • jameel on February 20, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a great batsman. He deserves to be in all format of the game.

  • India rocks! on February 20, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Andy! What a stat! Hope Cricinfo creates a new Zaltsguru so that u can run along side S.Rajesh with ur own findings!

  • SACHIN Sizzles on February 20, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Here I wanna post a reply to a comment by Grimsson in the blog before last after Nagpur. : Mate! u said SA 2-0. Did u forget India has Worlds best batting order in Test Cricket? SA didn't win despite regular team barring Boucher while we had Our Wall and Yuvi unavailable. Yet we beat you convincingly. Had not 4th day lost 60 overs India ld have won earlier. SA are Chokers And India are No 1.

  • gautam on February 20, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    awesome podcast...my discovery of the morning..keep up the good work.

  • Vaas on February 20, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Good one bro, keep it coming.

  • rm on February 20, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    ha ha the "look on Smith's face"... priceless... What did he say to H. Singh then? Double-vision, HS morphing into Onions, Onions into HS... and then a Smith battle-lunge on the scale of Godzilla--thump thump, crash crash--brandishing Godzilla hands, chanting, "Harbuh-Jon! Onions! Harbuh-Jonions! I veel make teeka masala out of you--" luckily he's restrained by no less than six thousand security guards--for each limb.

  • Steve wan Vyk on February 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Stupid....just stupid as u look. There's no mention Dale Steyn. Can't take this...

  • prabhysingh on February 20, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Amla is really one of the best cricketers of present era.he will be one of the greatest players

  • Gaurav on February 20, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Very knowledgable podcast....

  • Anonymous on February 20, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    nice.

  • mohit on February 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    hahhahaha.....brilliant...spcly the bit abt WI-AUS "edge of the seat stuff" lol..u got sense of humor!!!

  • Phil on February 20, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Abhayan, isn't your comment supposed to be worthwhile?

  • Ahasanul Hoque on February 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Hasim Amla is a great criketer name and he is a nice man. I thinks in future he will be number one criker in the world.I wish his good helth and really love him so much.

  • Ska on February 20, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Awesome as ever. I found your guest funny too. I also loved the way you laughed at his jokes.

  • Jeewan on February 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    absolutely enjoyed your poddy...keep more coming...

  • Abhayan on February 20, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Isn't this supposed to be funny?

  • adi on February 20, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    bravo.... bravo... I am surprised....people actually make podcasts on cricket?? lol

    I dont give a #@#@$ as long as India wins...

    naa

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  • adi on February 20, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    bravo.... bravo... I am surprised....people actually make podcasts on cricket?? lol

    I dont give a #@#@$ as long as India wins...

    naa

  • Abhayan on February 20, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Isn't this supposed to be funny?

  • Jeewan on February 20, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    absolutely enjoyed your poddy...keep more coming...

  • Ska on February 20, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    Awesome as ever. I found your guest funny too. I also loved the way you laughed at his jokes.

  • Ahasanul Hoque on February 20, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Hasim Amla is a great criketer name and he is a nice man. I thinks in future he will be number one criker in the world.I wish his good helth and really love him so much.

  • Phil on February 20, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Abhayan, isn't your comment supposed to be worthwhile?

  • mohit on February 20, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    hahhahaha.....brilliant...spcly the bit abt WI-AUS "edge of the seat stuff" lol..u got sense of humor!!!

  • Anonymous on February 20, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    nice.

  • Gaurav on February 20, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Very knowledgable podcast....

  • prabhysingh on February 20, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Amla is really one of the best cricketers of present era.he will be one of the greatest players