Multistats March 13, 2011

The golden age of poor running

16.6 The percentage of wickets in the 1987 World Cup that fell to run-outs, a tournament record, despite the fact that Inzamam-ul-Haq did not make his World Cup debut until the following competition

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The percentage of wickets in the 1987 World Cup that fell to run-outs, a tournament record, despite the fact that Inzamam-ul-Haq did not make his World Cup debut until the following competition. Out of a total of 385 dismissals in 1987, 64 involved batsmen trudging away from the crease visibly swearing, looking stroppily over their shoulders and facially apportioning blame to their partners, the umpire or the cruel hand of fate. This marked the start of a golden age of appalling World Cup running between the wickets - 13% of wickets in the 1991-92 and 1995-96 tournaments were run-outs, whilst no other World Cup can claim more than 10%, despite some magnificently school-boyish mid-pitch mix-ups in this tournament.

Also: Kamran Akmal's score, out of 100, in his school wicketkeeping exams. He has sat retakes on 12 occasions since, with a highest score of 19.3.

Also: What Alan Mullally's Test bowling average would have been if there had been no batsmen facing him.

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

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