April 2, 2011


The sporting hype calculator

Andy Zaltzman


The amount, as a percentage, by which Muttiah Muralitharan exceeds his nearest challenger in the Most International Wickets Taken chart - 1347 to Warne's 1001. Sachin Tendulkar has scored 25.9% more international runs than the second most prolific international batsman, three-time England Ashes-winning legend Ricky Ponting. The Mumbai Master leads the Baggy Green Great by 32795 to 26052.

Also: The rating of the India v Pakistan Mohali semi-final on the Lazlowulf Scale (the international standard measuring system for sporting hype). Previous notable scores include:

2010 Football World Cup final: 6.5

Ali v Foreman, the Rumble In The Jungle, 1974: 7.3

Federer v Nadal, Wimbledon Final, 2008: 5.1

Steve Davis v Doug Mountjoy, 1981 World Snooker Final: 44.9

Tim Curtis' Test match debut for England, 1988: 62.4

Some experts dispute the latter two readings, claiming the hypometers used may have been tampered with by, respectively, Doug Mountjoy and England chairman of selectors Peter May.

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. 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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