February 17, 2011

Multistats

Gatting sweeps history

Andy Zaltzman

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Number 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

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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. He is currently one half of TimesOnline's hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver. 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 Cricinfo.

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