February 20, 2010

World Cricket Podcast

An apology to Amla, and a fountain of stats

Andy Zaltzman

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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Posted by JP on (March 1, 2010, 22:30 GMT)


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!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by Mick on (February 23, 2010, 10:46 GMT)

Great stuff as always Andy, Keep 'em coming!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?????

Posted by RK on (February 21, 2010, 7:15 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

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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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