Gatting sweeps history
41Number of runs scored by Mike Gatting in the 1987 World Cup final, before attempting a reverse-sweep that has gone down as "the single greatest act of folly in British history" (Exaggeration Monthly magazine).
Also: The number of English heads, in millions, which simultaneously smacked into coffee tables one second after Gatting's attempted reverse-sweep. Seismologists registered a significant worldwide earth tremor due to the combined effects of the head clunkings in England and Gatting stomping off the ground in Calcutta.
Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer