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Cricket Bytes: 7 Quotes to Rock You in Your Arm Chair

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIJuly 31, 2011

Cricket Bytes: 7 Quotes to Rock You in Your Arm Chair

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    Test cricket still rules Brittania, and this time, it's the series between India and England that's making waves.

    Where there's exciting cricket, there are interesting comments and remarks made by those involved.

    Here are a few quotes from cricketers and experts over the past two weeks, and more importantly, what they did and did not mean by them. 

Rahul Dravid Emulates Sunny Gavaskar

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    What he said:

    “In days of my backyard cricket, I was either a Gavaskar or a Vishwanath.”

    Rahul Dravid is justifiably proud of equalling Sunny Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries in the second Test at Trent Bridge.


    What he really meant:

    “Those were my childhood heroes. Neither kept wickets though. (Or did they?)”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I’m unsure what to do next: Commentate or select (the Indian squad).”

Sreesanth Is at Peace with Himself

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    What he said:

    “Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker. I am spiritual now.”

    Shantakumara Sreesanth attributes his serene behaviour in the second Test at Trent Bridge to his newly discovered spirituality.


    What he really meant:

    “Sreesanth, the Peaceable, trumped Sreesanth, the Terrible.”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I’m the new Dalai Lama.”

Shane Warne Is Hurley's Man

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    What he said:

    "Yes, I’m still a man."

    Shane Warne is not ashamed at being labelled a metrosexual. He’s masculine enough for Elizabeth Hurley.


    What he really meant:

    “Losing 22 pounds,sporting a new hairstyle and clothes, having my eyebrows plucked and using moisturising cream does not make me less of a man, does it?”


    What he really didn’t:

    “I don’t know what Liz saw in me.”

Ronnie Irani Believes That the Indians Might Be Steam-Rollered

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    What he said:

    “Go and play like Pietersen plays.”

    Ronnie Irani is convinced that the Indians were not quite aware of their No. 1 status and were overawed by the occasion in the first Test at Lords. They were way too defensive and much too passive.

    The former English cricketer exhorts them to take the bull by the horns and “play like KP does.” He adds: “They are the No. 1 cricketing nation and if they don’t attack, England will tear apart their mental state.”


    What he really meant:

    “For the No.1 side, the Indians were not quite fearless enough.”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Flex your six-pack (if you have one) every chance you get.”

Kapil Dev Is Not Convinced Dhoni Understands Test Cricket

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    What he said:

    "Dhoni has made mockery of Test cricket by bowling (himself).”

    Kapil Dev is less-than-enthused over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to be the spare bowler in Zaheer Khan’s absence due to a hamstring injury in the first Test at Lords.


    What he really meant:

    “First he took away my glory at being India’s only World Cup winning captain, now he wants to bowl medium-pace as well. Where will he stop?”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Dhoni da jawab nahin.”

Damien Is Wright About John

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    What he said:

    “I used to love watching him as a kid because he had the same last name as me.”

    Damien Wright kids you not. If you have the same last name as him, he will be your fan for life. Lucky for him, that’s a whole lot of Wrights. D is New Zealand’s bowling coach while J is the head coach.


    What he really meant:

    “John Wright was a classy bat and it helped no little bit that he had the very same surname.”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I was offered the job because I had the same last name as John.”

Saurav Ganguly Is Concerned About the Next Tendulkar

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    What he said:

    “You’ll not get another Sachin Tendulkar in a short time, or it could be you never get a Sachin Tendulkar.”

    Saurav Ganguly is an unabashed Sachin Tendulkar fan.


    What he really meant:

    “A genius like Tendulkar comes along once in a generation or two.”


    What he definitely didn’t:

    “We’re cloning Tendulkars at Eden Gardens and Wankhede.”

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