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The secret life of a palindromic number

ESPNcricinfo's in-house statistician S Rajesh and Andy Zaltzman, a stats maestro in his own right, face off on the number 171 (12:39)

Producer: Gokul Chakravarthy

March 19, 2013

Posted by Apu_the_ripper on (March 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

This is the most amazing new addition to Cricinfo. 'Go Figure' is fantastic!!! Normally, I don't have the patience to watch 10-minute long videos, low attention span and all, but the statistical coincidences/anomalies are so unbelievable, it's mind-boggling. Rajesh & Andy are geniuses and probably the unlikeliest pairing you could think of to make you laugh! (That was a compliment. Really.) I'm still stunned by Hamish & Ken Rutherford's averages (171 & 1.71) after their first inns/series. That was just sick! The first episode, based on '111', also had many such stats which made my mind go NUTS! Great stuff, guys!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Just to add few more appearances of '171', in relation to the great Kolkata test of 2001, 1) Its India's victory margin 2) It's the difference between the number of runs scored by Laxman (281) and the number of balls faced by him(452) 3) It's the difference between Laxman's second innings score (281) and Steve Waugh's first innings score (110).

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