Wordy Jousts: Cricket's Wittiest Sound Off

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Wordy Jousts: Cricket's Wittiest Sound Off
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Shane Watson

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.”

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Tony Greig

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:

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Shane Warne

“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.”


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Martin Crowe

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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