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BANGALORE, INDIA - MARCH 16:  Shane Watson of Australia pulls during the 2011 ICC World Cup Group A match between Australia and Canada at  M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on March 16, 2011 in Bangalore, India.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
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Linus FernandesAnalyst IINovember 9, 2016

What he said:

“He's gone from eating baked beans, margarita pizzas and cheese sandwiches to broadening his horizons a little bit."

Shane Watson jokes about Shane Warne’s eating habits.

What he really meant:

“Warnie’s a healthy eater now.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Broadening his horizons sure narrowed him down—at the waist.”


What he said:

“”There were people like Dennis Lillee, who was a past master at letting people have it, but he was a bit of a fairy when he got hit himself.”

Tony Greig recounting how the Aussies found it disconcerting when they were treated to their own sledging medicine.

What he really meant:

“I believed that what’s good for the goose is equally good for the gander. If you dish it out, you should be able to stand it as well.”

What he definitely didn't:

“Tiptoe around.”


What  he said:

“I should have gifted Sanjay Dixit a pair of Spinners underwear.”

Shane Warne reacting to the $50,000 fine imposed on him by the IPL disciplinary committee on CNN-IBN.

What he really meant:

“As a peace-making gesture, I can’t think of anything else to trump that. Can’t gift Liz those anyway.”

“Come on, can I pass up free air time to promote my brand of clothing?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Spinners underwear cost $50,000.”


What he said:

“If Ganguly can do it, anyone can.”

Martin Crowe, the New Zealand batting legend, announcing a comeback at 48.

What he really meant:

“If Ganguly’s not too old to play the IPL, I’m not too old to play first-class cricket.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m trying out for the IPL.”

“Saurav’s gonna give me fielding practice.”


What he said:

“Warnie, to me, was the tortured romantic, a Van Gogh-like figure almost, or the Guru Dutt of Kagaz ke Phool.”

Sanjay Dixit, Rajasthan Cricket Association’s secretary on Shane Warne in an article on Yahoo! Cricket.

What he really meant:

“Warne is a genius with a self-destructive streak.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m a huge fan.”


Quote of the day:
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything—or nothing. - Nancy Astor

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