February 25, 2011


Gavaskar's ODI double

Andy Zaltzman


The number of balls Sunil Gavaskar would have had to face to equal Sachin Tendulkar's ODI record score of 200, had he continued batting at the rate at which he scored his infamous 36 not out in the first ever World Cup match at Lord's in 1975.

Also: The approximate runs per over India found themselves requiring towards the end of Gavaskar's masterclass of surreal anti-batting.

Also: The number of spectators treated by first-aid staff at Lord's for minor facial injuries after falling asleep during Gavaskar's innings and inadvertently headbutting the seat in front of them.

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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