November 4, 2013

Lesser-known recent cricket stats

Inspired by the stat-tastic India and Australia ODI series, we unearth some less well-known cricketing records

356,355 Total number of hours of Championship Manager played by England touring team abroad

1 Number of horizon-broadening cultural experiences had by team in foreign countries (trip to Nandos in Perth)

20,736 Record number of bottles of wine drunk by former England all-round great during a Test series

125 Record number of reality TV documentaries made by other former England all-round great during a Test series

56,665,289 Number of very personal blogs about Sachin's retirement and what it means to the writer being written at any one time

199 Number of unicorns that will prance around Kolkata pitch to commemorate Sachin's retirement

24 Number of carats in the gold bat that Sachin will use to play his innings in his 199th Test. Also number of harpists who will accompany his every shot, floating on clouds above Eden Gardens

21 Record number of nobodies making up the numbers in the Eden Gardens match

2 Number of weeks to be allowed between future Ashes series; marketing departments sure that appetite for Ashes cricket can be pumped to fever pitch with fortnight layoffs

1,377,000,000,000 UK National debt in pounds (also, coincidentally, cost of lunch for family of four in Lord's food court)

6 Number of impossible things done by MS Dhoni before breakfast each day

83 Record number of uses of the word "obviously" by Ian Bell in an interview

100 Number of reviews that Shane Watson will be allowed per innings under new proposed DRS rules

100 Number of unsuccessful reviews used by Shane Watson

50,000 Return on a £1 stake if you had bet a couple of years ago on Rohit Sharma scoring an international double-century

4,400,000,000 record number of miles away from Lord's that an England player has been born (turned back on Neptune cricket due to quota system, recently qualified for England passport and learning to breathe oxygen)

176 Number of matches since Shahid Afridi failed to disappoint with the bat

1,000,000 Awesomeness points collected by Afridi during lifetime

708 Record number of articles written by Shane Warne having a pop at Alastair Cook