Multistats March 3, 2011

A fireman's stat

2 The number of Sri Lankans caught at third man in the first over of the momentous 1996 World Cup semi-final in Calcutta


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The number of Sri Lankans caught at third man in the first over of the momentous 1996 World Cup semi-final in Calcutta. As Oscar Wilde himself wrote: "To lose one opener caught at third man in the first over of a World Cup semi-final may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose both looks like fantastically cavalier recklessness guaranteed to appeal to the neutral spectator."

Also: The number of divisions of the Calcutta fire brigade required to attend to the stadium by the end of that game.

Also: The number of times schoolboy batsmen in England being brought up to play the game properly are allowed to be caught at third man before being expelled from school.

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

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