March 6, 2011


Running out a chub

Andy Zaltzman


The most number of times a batsman has been run out in World Cup history. Take a guess who it is was… right first time, it was indeed Inzamam-ul-Haq. Next best: Asanka Gurusinha, with six run-outs. Now, can anyone spot some kind of physical link between these two fine players that might explain why they are the undisputed Bradman and Sobers of being run out in World Cups? Anyone? (The use of the word "chunky" is acceptable in your answer.)

Gurusinha was run out for 35% of his World Cup dismissals, impressively trumping Inzi's 30%. The Multan Mountain can also chuck a couple of stumpings into the bargain, meaning that he was caught out of his ground in 36% of his career World Cup dismissals, enabling him to sneak ahead of the Colombo colossus, who was never stumped in the World Cup. The great Pakistani's 36% World Cup figure compares compared with 17.5% over his entire ODI career - Inzamam clearly raised his inept-running-between-the-wickets game for the big occasion.

Also: The number of teeth Tillakaratne Dilshan lost during the course of the research and development phase for his trademark scoop shot.

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. 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 ESPNcricinfo.

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