‘Look at the stats’

Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir, on the dwindling form of him and his opening partner Virender Sehwag:

“As an opening pair, you average 50 per inning and if you are giving 50 runs start in every innings, you can’t do more and if people talk about not contributing, I will suggest them to look at the stats.”

Rule of thumb, Gautam: if you have to resort to pulling your statistics page to justify your position, you’re probably not doing justice to your position. (If you were, you wouldn’t need your stats.)

Good luck for the England series. Yes, a ’50 run start in every innings’ would indeed shut everyone up. And make everyone watch your cricket instead of your stats.

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