February 28, 2011


A Sultan's folly

Andy Zaltzman


Legendary 1996 UAE captain Sultan Zarawani's highest World Cup score, an 18-ball encyclopaedia of batsmanship against New Zealand that included the master's only international boundary.

Also: The total number of runs Sultan Zarawani scored in his other five ODI innings.

Also: The number of times in the 0.2 seconds between Allan Donald's bouncer pitching and Allan Donald's bouncer clonking Sultan Zarawani on the head in the UAE v South Africa game in 1996 that Sultan Zarawani thought: "Not wearing a helmet is starting to look like rather ill-founded overconfidence."

Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Posted by Jefferson on (November 10, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

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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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