January 10, 2012

World Cricket Podcast

Play it again, Samaraweera

Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman and Daniel Norcross discuss the Sri Lankan colossus, the world's greatest living batsman (statistically, of the last five years); propose cricket's newest innovation, for the Olympics - the Super Javelin Over; debate whether Vernon Philander should retire now; and wonder why it took cricket 140-odd years to discover that pitching the ball up nearly always guarantees success.

Download the podcast here (mp3, 38MB, right-click to save).

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

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Posted by Joel Grainger on (January 17, 2012, 21:52 GMT)

When it comes to statistically superior players I find it funny that on Garry Sobers bio here on Cricinfo it makes a statement about some questioning whether Bradman is the best batsmen ever but that there is no doubting that Sobers is the best all-rounder. Interestingly Jaques Kallis has a batting average that is 0.76 lower than Sobers, his bowling average is 1.52 better and he took 0.03 more catches per match.

Presumably the challenge to Bradman as best batsmen is in reference to Tendulkar who averages over 30 less than Bradman. Stats don't tell the whole truth but neither do they entirely lie.

Posted by waterbuffalo on (January 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

You talk about Samaraweera when India is playing at Perth and Pakistan is playing England on Sunday? Don't you like England? Sri Lanka lost by 250 runs against SA recently, and they lost the Test series. Try to keep up.

Posted by Neville de Silva on (January 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

What a pick, so impartial and true to its statistics and figures. Well done Samaraweera, do it again and again...

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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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