March 27, 2011


Afridi's retro stats

Andy Zaltzman


Shahid Afridi's bowling average this World Cup. In 64.3 overs, he has annoyed Ian Chappell 21 times, and pointed a total of 42 fingers at the sky. His mid-19th-century-style bowling average is backed up by an economy rate of 3.48. Afridi has raised his game for the big stage. In his previous 24 ODIs from January 2010, he had taken 23 wickets at 45, and been hit for almost five runs per over.

Also: The 100-metre sprint personal best of Philip Tufnell, on a course from the stumps to the pavilion at Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad, in 1998. In place of the traditional starter's pistol used in most athletics, Tufnell's PB began when Curtly Ambrose began his run-up.

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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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