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Cricket Chatter: Graeme Swann, Zaheer Khan, Andy Roberts and Anthony Martin

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Linus FernandesAnalyst IIJune 14, 2011

What he said:

“If there is an uglier top three in the world I don’t know of it.”

Graeme Swann believes that Andrew Strauss, Alistair Cook and Jonathan Trott are the ugliest top three batsmen in international cricket at the moment. But effective, nonetheless.

What he really meant:

“I didn’t know what ‘winning ugly’ meant—until these three.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“They’re the good, bad and ugly of English cricket.” 


What he said:

“When you’re fighting within the team, when you have a war to fight in your own camp, it is always difficult to win.”

Zaheer Khan describes the insecurity within the Indian cricket team during  Greg Chappell’s tenure as coach.

What he really meant:

“The insecurity and politics within the Indian cricket team stifled players and prevented them from giving their best on the field.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Competition for a place in the Indian team helped me perform better.” 


What he said:

“The knowledge is with me. But I can’t be going around asking for work.”

Andy Roberts, legendary West Indian fast bowler, is indignant at the treatment meted out to him by the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB). He feels that “the top brass needs a kick in the back side”—the WICB had 18 directors at one time.

What he really meant:

“I don’t get the respect I deserve.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Make me the 19th director of the West Indian Cricket Board.” 


What he said:

“"I am not married. I might not ever. I may also."

Anthony Martin is wishy-washy about his marital future.

What he really meant:

“It’s a heads you win, tails I lose situation. Help me out here, guys.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“’What’s love got to do with it?’—I love that Tina Turner number.” 


What he said:

“I don’t like losing. That ‘L" word is not in my vocabulary. Only Love and Lord. Not Losing."

Anthony Martin is a scribe’s delight as he comes up with original quotes following West Indies’ first victory in the ODI series against India at Antigua.

What he really meant: 

”I can’t spell ‘losing’”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Fetch me a fresh dictionary.” 


Quote of the day:
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. - Bernard Berenson

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