World Cup 2011 March 20, 2011

Cricket, history and Sachin Tendulkar

For those of you unable to stream or download the audio of the World Cup Cricket podcast, below is a transcript of the scripted parts of the show
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For those of you unable to stream or download the audio of the World Cup Cricket podcast, below is a transcript of the scripted parts of the show. But it is supposed to be listened to, not read.

This week’s podcast features thoughts on the quarter-final teams, and on why life without cricket is pointless.

You can also subscribe to this podcast via iTunes.

The music in the podcast is by Kevin MacLeod

Hello cricket fans, and welcome to issue 3 of Andy Zaltzman’s World Cup Cricket podcast. I am the legendary 1950s Ashes-winning tearaway England paceman Andy Zaltzman. Sorry, I think I had my drink spiked with Tysofrankambutamol, a steroid that makes you think you’re Frank Tyson.

I’m recording this on the morning of Sunday, March 20. I am just about to go to the India-West Indies game. And by the time you listen to this, I may very well have seen a piece of cricket history that will almost certainly never be repeated as long as the great game is played. I may well have had the privilege of witnessing India as a nation rise as one to salute a man achieving what no one had ever thought possible.

Yes ‒ I might have seen Sreesanth bowl ten steady overs, calmly, and without losing his rag.

Please, cricketing gods, let me be there to see that happen. It will be something to tell my grandchildren as they sit on my kneecaps in future years. I’ll be able to tell them: “I was there. Now stop trying to steal my hearing aid and don’t play football near my life-size marble statue of Ian Bell.”

Of course, it would also be nice to see Sachin Tendulkar score his 100th international hundred as well. But he’s only the first man to reach that milestone because England dropped Tim Curtis in the late 1980s before they’d given him a proper chance. And in a few years’ time, Michael Yardy will probably catch him up anyway.

In this week’s World Cup Cricket podcast, I will look ahead to the quarter-finals, commiserating with all the Canada fans who had booked flights and hotels for the knockout stages on for their team to cruelly let them down; I will probably sound as excited as a child on Christmas eve giddily feeling a present that clearly looks, and sounds, like the pet leopard he’s been asking his parents for years, as I selfishly hope Sachin scores that hundred today, when I’m going to be there. And not in Ahmedabad, when I may well be stuck on an aeroplane. And I will quietly reflect, in a thoroughly depressing week in which the world in general has scored a resounding 0 out of 10, on how much better cricket is than life. You can have cricket without life, still cricket. Life without cricket. Pointless.

However, amongst the things I will not be doing in this week’s podcasts are: reciting a new sonnet I’ve just written about the batting of New Zealand’s Jamie How; attempting to sell information to dodgy bookmakers about how often I will use the word “rambunctious” in my next blog; or revealing that if you take the radio commentary of Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate hitting a century against Ireland on Friday and play it backwards, it contains coded information about imminent Armageddon and the end of life as we know it. More of that not coming later on.

So where else to start this week that with the news that MGM have bought the exclusive film rights to England spinster Michael Yardy’s forthcoming autobiography: Stumpslayer – The Vengeance Master Returns? Look out for Eddie Murphy as Kevin Pietersen, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie comeback as Luke Wright.

I’ll tell you where else: with the impending quarter-finals.

As I record, we know who’ll be in them, but not entirely who’ll be trying to smash whom out of which stadium. We do know that Bangladesh will not be taking part, after they were unluckily denied victory against South Africa due to the fact that South Africa scored 200 more runs than they did. Just think – if it had been Bangladesh who had scored 200 runs more than South Africa, they’d have been in quarters. Upon such slender threads do cricketing fates hang.

I hope Bangladesh as a team have learnt a valuable lesson over the last two weeks. And that lesson is: Don’t get bowled out for 58 and 78 at successive games at home in your national stadium with a place in the World Cup quarter-finals up for grabs. Tactically, it makes no sense at all.

The Tigers’ wildly exuberant fans will have been understandably de-exuberised. It was not a disastrous tournament for the co-hosts. They were OK against India, had two decent wins and one outstanding one, and had a couple of major national parties. Ultimately though, they proved to be short of what was required. About 11 batsmen short.

So, 30 days after we started, we are left with the eight quarter-finalists you would probably have predicted before the tournament began. And the eight that you would have predicted 30 years ago. If you’d been asked to. And if you had an innate hunch that South African politics was going to change a bit. A big bit.

Luckily, however, it was all much more exciting than that sounds, and more exciting than it could have been. And if you want to know how exciting it could have been, think back four years to the seven-week bonanza of bathos that was to 2007 World Cup. A tournament so grindingly tedious it made my television throw itself out of a window just to end the pain.

Here then is a quick rundown of the eight teams left to fight it out. And pray for a friendly coin to land on the ground either smiling at them with a head, or mooning at them with a tail, depending on how they’ve called. Two-thirds of all day-night games at the Premadasa in Colombo and the PCA in Mohali have been won by the side batting first.

So all those years and lifetimes of preparation, those biomechanical experts honing bowling actions to perfection, those computerised virtual bowling machines (the technology for which arguably could have waited until after humanity had found a cure for cancer), those dietary specialists, those video analysts and those motivational Richie Benaud impersonators will prove to be less important than the flick-velocity and thumb-power of an opposition captain as he sends a coin skywards.

SOUTH AFRICA

The best team in the tournament. By far. So far. Bit of a blooper against England. But they’ve had worse World Cup bloopers than that. Might lack a middle-order tonker. The tournament format leaves them vulnerable to a one-off blitz. But whatever Jacques Kallis has been putting in his hair, he’s been putting in his batting as well. He’s playing like he’s 23 again. Which is good, because when he was 23, he played like he was 47. Graeme Smith has a greater range of attacking bowling options than any other skipper, and he’s used them well.

Smith bats as if he’s trying to obliterate the very concept of beauty – in fact, Classical scholars have announced that they are reassessing whether Oedipus skewered his own eyes out due to his understandable guilt about the whole inadvertently killing his daddy and kerplonking his mummy business, or because he had just seen Graeme Smith play a cover-drive.

I’ll keep you posted. But he and his team are looking very strong. So far.

INDIA

The greatest danger in any long tournament is peaking too early. India have, very wisely, managed to avoid that pitfall. Impressively. Just when it looked like they were going to give that potent South African bowling attack the Mother Goose of all honkings, they lost nine for 29. Premature peak duly avoided. Tell you what though, speaking as an accredited cricket journalist, let me tell you: Sachin Tendulkar is a handy player. He’ll go far one day if he knuckles down and focuses on his cricket.

ENGLAND

England have proved that they can win any game of cricket, against any opposition, from any position. They have also proved that they can lose any game to anyone from anywhere as well. When you look at Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss, two admirable gentlemen of the game, so focused and calm and professional, the words, “lead a wildly unpredictable team through madcap, almost slapstick fluctuations in form, from clowns walking into plate glass windows to Nadia Comaneci nailing double somersaulting dismount for another perfect 10", well... they don't spring to mind immediately.

But six tight finishes in six games. They were 20 minutes of vaguely competent West Indian batting away from going out. They could now easily win the whole thing. Or lose in the quarter-final at the first available opportunity. Whatever, thanks for the ride, England. For the first time in a generation, you have lit up the World Cup. With something other than schoolboy incompetence.

AUSTRALIA

Last millennium, it took the rest of the world 975 years for someone to beat the Aussies in a World Cup match. This time round, it’s taken a mere 11. Further proof that Australian cricket is on the skids. Everyone will fear their potent if only sporadically devastating fast bowling attack.

As for the batting, opposition teams will look at their team sheet and say: “Gilchrist, Hayden and Ponting still retired? All of them? But Ponting’s still on the team sheet. Oh, he’s retired from major run-scoring. Great. We’ll take it.” Might still win it. Probably won’t.

PAKISTAN

Could have had the best attack in the tournament if only, if only... Umar Gul has been fast and magnificent. But in batting, they could do with (a) Afridi putting his sensible head on at least once this tournament; and (b) Miandad, Imran, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam back in the team. Having drunk a special youth-restoring potion. Actually, as they are now would do fine.

NEW ZEALAND

Eight-five runs in 22 balls. By New Zealand? Sod the supermoon, that is the sign of the apocalypse. Bruce Edgar, Trevor Franklin and Mark Richardson must be spinning in their still-empty graves. They have the thwackers to frighten anyone. But they played Australian pace and Sri Lankan spin with the confidence of a Chinese duck asked to pose for a photo wearing nothing but a thin pancake, covered in plum sauce, holding some cucumber and spring onions. Might win one, maybe even two matches in a row. Three is probably pushing it.

SRI LANKA

Hey, Muralitharan’s good isn’t he? The cricket world will miss the Sri Lankan sorcerer when he takes his 1300 international wickets with him into retirement. He might well bookend his career with another World Cup triumph. But he will be politely asking his middle-order batsmen to hastily read a book about how to hit a cricket ball.

They’ve depended on the magnificent Sangakkara too much. But they have home advantage and a big win in Mumbai under their belts, so, for me, second favourites.

WEST INDIES

Some signs of promise, but mostly unimpressive. Although Roach has been ace. They look likely to lose at any time. But, and it is quite a big but, if not a big enough but to get American rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot to switch his TV over to the cricket to see how much he likes it, they do have Gayle and Pollard. Who would beat anyone in a burst of powerful hypertonking. Could, but probably won’t.

All in all, it’s hugely exciting. I’ve noticed a declining optimism amongst the home supporters on my travels. Indians were bullish a month ago, but mostly seem resigned now. Almost no Sri Lankans seem to think their team can win it. And Bangladesh, well, poor Bangladesh fans. Excluding those who showed an inopportune interest in the parabolic properties of stones – wrong time, wrong place for experimental physics, gentlemen – so much hope, so much pride, so much love for the game. And so few batsmen. But I’ll take those memories of Dhaka on the opening day to the grave. I don’t mind which grave. If you want me to take them to grave near you, call my agent and we’ll sort it out.

That’s about it for this week’s podcast. A bit shorter than intended, because, well I’m a bit disorganised to be honest. I was born a week or so behind schedule in 1974, and you know it is, I’ve never quite caught up.

A couple of quick items of World Cup news.

Following the controversial reprieve of Mahela Jayawardene after what looked like a perfectly legitimate catch against New Zealand, the ICC have clarified that the TV umpire saw clear evidence on the TV pictures that a small worm had poked its head up from the Mumbai soil between Nathan McCullum’s fingers, and headbutted the ball into his hand. So, technically, it was rightly given not-out.

And they have also confirmed that Mahela was reprieved because, “he represents a throwback to a vanishing age of the art of classical batsmanship, and the umpires are perfectly within their rights to want to watch him play”.

The ICC have also announced two new sub-modes of dismissal. Following a couple of fortuitous stumpings by Prior and Dhoni in recent matches when they dropped the ball but due to lucky ricochets were still able to complete the dismissal, such wickets will henceforth be classified as “fumble-stumped”, and be marked in scorecards with the letters "fst".

And after Tharanga was run out backing up like a good boy doing what his coach has told him to do after Southee deflected a straight drive onto the stumps, the ICC has declared that such dismissals will be recorded as “fluked out”, and that any fielder caught celebrating an obviously unintentional dismissal will be docked 75% of their match fee.

That’s it. I’ll play you out with a bit of audio from England’s post-match press conference on Thursday. As you may know if you’ve seen the pictures with my blog or my ZaltzCricket twitter feed, my main travelling companion on this jaunt has been a little knitted WG Grace. He’s discussed celebrity with Dhoni, the art of batting with Dravid, and was told in no uncertain terms who had scored more hundreds than him when he met Geoffrey Boycott.

And at England’s presser on Thursday, I took out my cuddly WG, and asked the England captain a question. Bye bye. Thanks be to cricket. Amen

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

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  • raj on March 25, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    great tweet from Andy Z

    Faf du Plessis explains de Villiers run out: "AB was batting so beautifully I felt compelled to run up to him and ask for his autograph..."

  • Anupam on March 25, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Clearly, some people in the world have absolutely no understanding of sarcasm.

    "abhishek" I'm looking at you...

  • Sree on March 23, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Completely agree with you regarding Sachin buckling down. Where was the need of unnecessarily creating the 'Walking' controversy. He was just not focused on his 100th 100!! He could have also given Rampaul a heart attack, poor guy.

    And you are spot on with Strauss & Flower. Least likely to figure in this madcap roller coaster ride scenario. But for England, this could have been a boring cup for sure.

  • Dagya on March 22, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Absolutely hilarious but so correct analysis of how teams have fared and who all have the capability to play at grander stage!!

  • Dipak Datta Roy on March 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Columns by wordsmiths like Peter Roebuck or Mike Atherton leave you feeling good - like having seen a good movie. This chap reads like a modern Comic Book - graphic details, little core, lots of Ho-ha that leave the space between the ears ringing.

  • SRT on March 22, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Andy, face it u r not funny. pls dont try so hard. its pathetic, shameful and hard to watch.

  • Sheevika Senanayake on March 22, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    yeah tried too had on this one man.....but I agree with the predictions and also I'm a Sri Lankan who thinks we can win this one!

  • Sai on March 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @@Alex Big white bats and flat wickets? Can you list a few countries where Sachin has not scored 1000 test/ODI runs? Oh and anyone should be able to bat on flat wickets. How would they lose?

  • CL on March 21, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Tried way too hard to be funny.

  • Renuka Mendis on March 21, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    delish tripe!

    and i agree about the worm i saw it too.. on my tv screen!!! -- "Following the controversial reprieve of Mahela Jayawardene after what looked like a perfectly legitimate catch against New Zealand, the ICC have clarified that the TV umpire saw clear evidence on the TV pictures that a small worm had poked its head up from the Mumbai soil between Nathan McCullum’s fingers, and headbutted the ball into his hand. So, technically, it was rightly given not-out. "

  • raj on March 25, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    great tweet from Andy Z

    Faf du Plessis explains de Villiers run out: "AB was batting so beautifully I felt compelled to run up to him and ask for his autograph..."

  • Anupam on March 25, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Clearly, some people in the world have absolutely no understanding of sarcasm.

    "abhishek" I'm looking at you...

  • Sree on March 23, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    Completely agree with you regarding Sachin buckling down. Where was the need of unnecessarily creating the 'Walking' controversy. He was just not focused on his 100th 100!! He could have also given Rampaul a heart attack, poor guy.

    And you are spot on with Strauss & Flower. Least likely to figure in this madcap roller coaster ride scenario. But for England, this could have been a boring cup for sure.

  • Dagya on March 22, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Absolutely hilarious but so correct analysis of how teams have fared and who all have the capability to play at grander stage!!

  • Dipak Datta Roy on March 22, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Columns by wordsmiths like Peter Roebuck or Mike Atherton leave you feeling good - like having seen a good movie. This chap reads like a modern Comic Book - graphic details, little core, lots of Ho-ha that leave the space between the ears ringing.

  • SRT on March 22, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Andy, face it u r not funny. pls dont try so hard. its pathetic, shameful and hard to watch.

  • Sheevika Senanayake on March 22, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    yeah tried too had on this one man.....but I agree with the predictions and also I'm a Sri Lankan who thinks we can win this one!

  • Sai on March 21, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @@Alex Big white bats and flat wickets? Can you list a few countries where Sachin has not scored 1000 test/ODI runs? Oh and anyone should be able to bat on flat wickets. How would they lose?

  • CL on March 21, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    Tried way too hard to be funny.

  • Renuka Mendis on March 21, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    delish tripe!

    and i agree about the worm i saw it too.. on my tv screen!!! -- "Following the controversial reprieve of Mahela Jayawardene after what looked like a perfectly legitimate catch against New Zealand, the ICC have clarified that the TV umpire saw clear evidence on the TV pictures that a small worm had poked its head up from the Mumbai soil between Nathan McCullum’s fingers, and headbutted the ball into his hand. So, technically, it was rightly given not-out. "

  • Delberto on March 21, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Can we just drop the Kamran Akmal jokes once and for all.....

  • muneerkasri on March 21, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    not so imressinve, based on material facts, ignoring the spirit and passion of teams and players.

  • theunstoppable on March 21, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Pakistan could have a fantastic attack if Mohammad Amir & Asif would b there...... but some sh**t establishment did wat the culd to take them away............ and pray on India's match that Sachin shouldn't make century, if India really want to win against Australia!!!

  • Delberto on March 21, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Can we just drop the Kamran Akmal jokes once and for all.....

  • Indian on March 21, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @Alex:Ask any Aussie or an English or even a SA to know how SRT played on their tracks...ask any Aussie commentator of 90s...who wud not think twice to say that his to on perth in 92 is one of the best ever knock ever played on Aussie soil....check the stats tat u were blabbering abt...go buddy...check them....check for the VB series two finals in 2008....go buddy go...

  • elue on March 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    with sachin tendulkar at the crease, surely india are in with a fighting chance of another world cup win. he doesn't have too many successive bad innings, so watch out australia, you may just bear the brunt of the little master's heavy bat. thank you sachin, for the grace with which you have conducted yourself

  • vicky on March 21, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    andy, i request you to see rajnikant hindi movie ROBOT.i m sure when you come out of theatre there wont be a single hair left on your head.i know tht you dont understand hindi,but the comedy is worth worth watching and i m sure you would too find it more hilarious than what you write......i m sure after reading this all your readers who havent seen the movie will definately see it at the first opportunity. great work andy. after seeing the movie u will get tips to include some comedy in your next article.

  • abhishek on March 21, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    is this man plain dumb or dumb with a class of his own..?? he things saching yet has to go far... and mMichael Yardy catching up to sachin.. true ROFL...

  • murad on March 21, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    This is a positive...........

  • NALINWIJ on March 21, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I wonder whether you could donate your WG GRACE doll to STRAUSS not as a lucky charm but as a tactical adviser. WG was once asked what he will do if he wins the toss. ANS- bat first, If I have doubts think about it and bat first and if there is grave doubts then consult a colleague and bat first. Sound advise for Premadasa stadium. I wonder whether you are heading to SL for this match? If you are heading there I can suggest THE GALLE FACE HOTEL. It is the only hotel recommended by DON BRADMAN.

  • Rao on March 21, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    @Shafqat If you don't know about stats on wins of India when Sachin scored 100, then please don't comment. Just FYI 68% of the time India won when he scored 100. So better go back and check on that. Don't comment without knowing anything

  • Supratim Chaudhury on March 21, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Mr. Zaltzman, it's true that you won't be able to tell your grandchildren about the historic moment of God, achieving a milestone. But one thing for sure, you will be able to proudly narrate and exemplify 'A Sportsman's Honesty' which you had visualised in person on the 20th of March, 2011 at the Cheepauk Stadium. "I had seen the man who could have got to his 100th ton but to him fair-play was even bigger...", you may tell them proudly. :)

  • Ram B on March 21, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    So your reviews tell me you support SA and then SL. Given the conditions and the way these teams have played so far, I second you...but, Aus has always been a terror when it comes to knockout. They wouldn't give up so easily...and the Pakis are wild too. Believe me, I have been watching ENG since the ashes and they are capable too. Well, this is the first WC game with so many favourites...may be because Aus is not in their greatest form like before. Let's see what happens.

  • Siddhant Singh on March 21, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Accurate explanation...Love you Andy. Admirable Similes!!! And not to forget, when I read you, I use to find your conception 90% similar to myself. Let me mention out those closest annotations in this text :-

    SA Kallis is playing like he’s 23 again. Which is good, because when he was 23, he played like he was 47.

    IND The greatest danger in any long tournament is peaking too early. India have, very wisely, managed to avoid that pitfall.

    PAK Having drunk a special youth-restoring potion. Actually, as they are now would do fine.

    AUS Gilchrist, Hayden and Ponting still retired? But Ponting’s still on the team sheet. Oh, he’s retired from major run-scoring.

    NZ Might win one, maybe even two matches in a row. Three is probably pushing it.

    WI Look likely to lose at any time. Shown some promise, but unimpressive.

    ENG For the first time in a generation, they have lit up the World Cup. With something other than schoolboy incompetence.

    SL Depended on the magnificent Sangakkara too much.

  • TUendo on March 21, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    hilarious!!! kallis, jayawardene..LOL..keep them coming..

  • faisal on March 20, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    andy is funny ..........

  • ahmed on March 20, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Hilarious the stuff about the worm.

  • Abhinav on March 20, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    awesome .. keep it up

  • Rob on March 20, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    So it's not just me who owns a life-size marble statue of Ian Bell then...

  • Jaufer on March 20, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Fantastic.keep it up. throughly enjoyed in the world where for the last few weeks every one become a so called cricket expert

  • criclover on March 20, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Grouchoesque!

  • DAnish Ali on March 20, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    LOLZZZ Dude U're crazzyy. How can even say that Afridi wil.... i cant even right it. Gr8 JOB M8!!!

  • DINEESH on March 20, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    well as much as some of the details make valid points, humar is very dry and boring

  • Singh but not much of a King on March 20, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Really funny,

    Top-notch analysis, top-notch humor, makes me wonder about 'killings' you must've been making in your stand-ups...

    Hope to continue hearing from you even after world cup.

  • Shafqat on March 20, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    India is lucky,,,, because,,, Tendulkar did not score today. The victory, otherwise, would have been a distant dream

  • sachin goel on March 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    stupid writer..stupid article..

  • Shiva on March 20, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Great Article mate! Keep it coming...

  • jp on March 20, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    awesome...hahaha...lmao!

  • Witty_name on March 20, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    All hail Andy, the second best thing to come out of UK in recent times after Kate Middleton.

  • Dj on March 20, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    “he represents a throwback to a vanishing age of the art of classical batsmanship, and the umpires are perfectly within their rights to want to watch him play”

    Barf-in-my-cereal-while-reading-funny!!!!!!!

  • Mohandas Warrior on March 20, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Well written, Andy. Keep the guffaws coming. I especially like the "sound" advice to Sachin...if he could just stay focused on cricket...now, that is genuinely good. Do not forget to get to Chandigarh if India get past the Aussies and Pak knock out WI. That will surely be the game independent of who wins the WC.

  • Balaji on March 20, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I should remember not to read your musings at work. I have been asked the reason by a few bewildered French colleagues, who needless to say like cricket as much as they like eating a sandwich for lunch fabulous work, sir! keep going :)

  • Sleep Deprived in New York on March 20, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Andy Zaltzman for President!

  • Rohan on March 20, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Hilarious....awesome podcast !!

  • Milind Jadhav on March 20, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Another gem! You've got me hook, line and sinker!! What did you do for a living before cricket discovered you man? YOU ROCK!!! I liked the rocket propelled donkey ride better...

  • srikanth on March 20, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    LOL u missed both sreesanth and sachins heroics. SA is indeed the best team and far ahead than others. Cant wait for semis.

  • Satyam on March 20, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    You know it, Zaltzmann ... You know it, Cricinfo. Just add Sachin Tendulkar's name to the title of any article (in which he is only ever mentioned twice in passing) and see the hits on that webpage go up by a factor of 500x times.

  • Kallis's magic hair potion on March 20, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Keep it coming. The cricketing Gods must be wondering who is this Zaltzman chap, to bring into disrepute the legendary cricketers of TEAM CANADA. Some requests for next pod cast:

    1. Can we have some Kamran Akmal jokes next time. 2. Why does it appear that Australia doesn't have a single batsman in form who can win a game for them? 3. Can England take a 2 week vacation, go see their wives and kids and be back to participate in the QF's. Will ICC be OK with that? Or can we get the families to come here? I just dont see England getting all fired up for the second half.

  • sumit on March 20, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    man u r 2222 gd,really had a grt laugh

  • anuj panchal on March 20, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    But whatever Jacques Kallis has been putting in his hair, he’s been putting in his batting as well. He’s playing like he’s 23 again. Which is good, because when he was 23, he played like he was 47.........u hv got some humour man !! lololol !!

  • Anonymous on March 20, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Keep it coming. The cricketing Gods must be wondering who is this Zaltzman chap, to bring into disrepute the legendary cricketers of TEAM CANADA.

  • Ian on March 20, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Awesome!!!

    Please don't make us wait so long for your next podcast.

  • SHANKAR on March 20, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    INDIA VS PAK FINAL WILL BE THRILLING

  • Vatsa on March 20, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    So, after Chris Tavare, is it going to be Tim Curtis going forward ? As usual hilarious, one of the creators of Stumped. If you were to do a similar Caricature write up for the English/Oz/SA teams I am sure you could have taken more liberties and it would have sounded more humourous, the book is great never the less.

  • styzian on March 20, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Andy Zaltzman is a genius...keep em coming

  • salim tyrewala on March 20, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    this is not as funny as it could have been.

  • zaltzman is not funny on March 20, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    This article tries so hard to be funny...but it isnt.

  • Alex on March 20, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    as long as flat tracks are there sachin will score & india will win. they cant bat on a good pitch. stats shows it all. i think they would love to play sri lanka cos thats the only team they can beat. how to get wickets when they bat with big wide bats?? a bat can cover almost the whole wicket.

  • Nida on March 20, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    whatever Jacques Kallis has been putting in his hair, he’s been putting in his batting as well. He’s playing like he’s 23 again. Which is good, because when he was 23, he played like he was 47.

  • Pickwick on March 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    boring tripe

  • Vasu on March 20, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Feel Sorry for you Andy... Indian team management has conspired against you being part of history and robbed Sreesanth of bowling ten steady overs, calmly, and without losing his rag... sorry also for you having to see sachin walk back by the end of 1st over... hilarious article again though :)))

  • Anupam on March 20, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    "Smith bats as if he’s trying to obliterate the very concept of beauty – in fact, Classical scholars have announced that they are reassessing whether Oedipus skewered his own eyes out due to his understandable guilt about the whole inadvertently killing his daddy and kerplonking his mummy business, or because he had just seen Graeme Smith play a cover-drive."

    Hahahahah....priceless!

  • Muggle Boy on March 20, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    laughed off my chair. keep it going, mate!

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  • Muggle Boy on March 20, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    laughed off my chair. keep it going, mate!

  • Anupam on March 20, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    "Smith bats as if he’s trying to obliterate the very concept of beauty – in fact, Classical scholars have announced that they are reassessing whether Oedipus skewered his own eyes out due to his understandable guilt about the whole inadvertently killing his daddy and kerplonking his mummy business, or because he had just seen Graeme Smith play a cover-drive."

    Hahahahah....priceless!

  • Vasu on March 20, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Feel Sorry for you Andy... Indian team management has conspired against you being part of history and robbed Sreesanth of bowling ten steady overs, calmly, and without losing his rag... sorry also for you having to see sachin walk back by the end of 1st over... hilarious article again though :)))

  • Pickwick on March 20, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    boring tripe

  • Nida on March 20, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    whatever Jacques Kallis has been putting in his hair, he’s been putting in his batting as well. He’s playing like he’s 23 again. Which is good, because when he was 23, he played like he was 47.

  • Alex on March 20, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    as long as flat tracks are there sachin will score & india will win. they cant bat on a good pitch. stats shows it all. i think they would love to play sri lanka cos thats the only team they can beat. how to get wickets when they bat with big wide bats?? a bat can cover almost the whole wicket.

  • zaltzman is not funny on March 20, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    This article tries so hard to be funny...but it isnt.

  • salim tyrewala on March 20, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    this is not as funny as it could have been.

  • styzian on March 20, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Andy Zaltzman is a genius...keep em coming

  • Vatsa on March 20, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    So, after Chris Tavare, is it going to be Tim Curtis going forward ? As usual hilarious, one of the creators of Stumped. If you were to do a similar Caricature write up for the English/Oz/SA teams I am sure you could have taken more liberties and it would have sounded more humourous, the book is great never the less.