Quote Martial: Cricket's Finest Sound off

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIJune 17, 2011

Chris Gayle
Chris GayleDaniel Berehulak/Getty Images

What he said:

“I can categorically say we won’t be paying Chris Gayle one quarter of our salary to come and play."

Sydney Sixers general manager Stuart Clark makes it clear that it is unlikely that his side will spend a quarter of a million dollars on the West Indian opener for the Big Bash league. Each side is restricted to a salary cap of one million Australian dollars.

What he really meant:

“We can’t afford free agents like Chris Gayle—not at those prices. Our focus is local.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“We’re discriminating against Chris.” 


What he said:

“’The Australian cricket team is not an AFL, NRL or rugby team.”

Veteran Australian leg-spinner Bryce McGain is aghast at the “blatant ageism”showcased by national selectors in the unceremonious dumping of opening batsman Simon Katich from the list of 25 centrally contracted players. He believes that comparisons to rugby or football are odious since it’s not about creating even competition between international sides.

What he really meant:

“It’s about KISS—Keeping It Simple, Stupid. Just choose the top 25 players in the country.”

What he definitely didn’t: 

”The older we get, the stupider others seem.” 


What he said:

“Optimal fitness is not about sporting a six pack. They only look good on TV or the beach.”

Kieron Pollard does not feel the need to build up “mirror muscles” or a six-pack. He is a firm believer that fitness is what you need—it has to be practical, something you can use.

What he really meant:

“Endurance and agility—that’s what cricketers need.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I love Kevin Pietersen’s washboard-like abs.” 


What he said:

“But now, he [Munaf Patel] is spinning the ball.”

Andy Roberts says that Indian pace bowlers cut down on pace at international level, becoming slower and slower over the years. He feels they are transformed into line-and-length bowlers by their coaches.

What he really meant:

“Anil Kumble can bowl as quick as Munaf.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“That’s the reason why the West Indies have slower pitches in recent times.” 


What he said:

“I don’t know whether it is mistrust of technology or kidology on their [India’s] behalf.”

Graeme Swann is perplexed by the BCCI’s decision vetoing the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the upcoming India-England series. It is viewed by some as a move to negate Swann’s ability to get frequent leg-before dismissals under the system. Yet others believe it favours Sachin Tendulkar who is the beneficiary of more benefit-of-the-doubt decisions than any other player, due to his stature. 

What he really meant:

“The reasons given [by the BCCI] are laughable.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Technology is for kids.”


When in doubt tell the truth.

Mark Twain

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