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Cricket Quotebook: What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIAugust 8, 2016

Cricket Quotebook: What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

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    Michael Vaughan

    What he said:

    "He can’t stare at every move he makes and say ‘wow, look at Sachin’. As Test cricketers, you can’t worship an opponent. It is a battle. It is you against them.”

    Michael Vaughan wants Ravi Bopara to get over the hero worship of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar, and get down to brass tacks in the third Test at Edgbaston.

    What he really meant:

    “I don’t want Ravi staring at Sachin like a love-struck pup. It’s war out there.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Ravi, you can make goo-goo eyes at me, instead.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Expects No Bradman in His Side

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    What he said:

    “You won’t see a Sreesanth batting like a Don Bradman just because he wants to bat like one.”

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni is realistic about his expectations from the tailenders in the Indian side in the Edgbaston post-match interview; tweaks in technique for English conditions can do just so much.

    What he really meant:

    “And you won’t see a Don Bradman bowl like Sreesanth because he wants to bowl like one. You get my point?”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I really don’t know what I’m saying. Why did I even drag Sree into this? Let’s just get the press conference over with.”

Alastair Cook Is Mad at Not Making It a Treble

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    What he said:

    “It’s mad, isn’t it, how you can still be disappointed when you score 290-odd—I suppose only cricket can do that to you.”

    Alastair Cook is surprised that he’s disappointed, despite scoring 294 in the third Test at Edgbaston against the touring Indian side.

    What he really meant:

    “Give me more. Yeh dil maange more.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    ’Far From The Maddening Game’—that will be the title of my autobiography.”

Duncan Fletcher Is Impressed with Resumes, Not Least His

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    What he said:

    “We have got players who have scored 200s and 300s, you know, in their CVs.”

    Duncan Fletcher that his Indian side has the players to pull off a miracle in the third Test at Edgbaston. The Indians were routed for 224 on the first day and it’s been a leather chase ever since in the field.

    What he really meant:

    “Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir. Can you count them out?”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I wish those 200s and 300s could be added to the Indian score—at the start of each innings. Why do they have to start from zero all over?”

Alan Butcher's Men Brew Up a Victory

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    What he said:

    "Now I know what it means when they say you smell like a brewery."

    Alan Butcher does not mind reeking of liquor when it happens in a good cause (and celebration). Zimbabwe won their one-off Test at home against Bangladesh on Aug 8, 2011, their first five-day game in six years.

    What he really meant:

    “It’s the sweet, heady taste of victory. Can’t you scent it?”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I wish they would produce perfumed alcohol. Maybe a fruity brew next time. They do use alcohol in perfumes, don’t they? Why not vice versa?”

Tim Bresnan Sweats the Small Stuff

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    What he said:

    "It’d help if the India fielders didn’t have their hands in their pockets. It’s not that cold. They need to look interested [in play] and show some desire. If you don’t want to be here, go home."

    Tim Bresnan is not amused with the attitude of the Indian cricket team on the field in the third Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The Indians folded for 224 in their outing, the fifth consecutive inning where they have been bowled out for less than 300 runs.

    What he really meant:

    “We like winning but against competitive sides—not deadbeats. It devalues our efforts.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “If the Indians need extra sweaters, they can pick up some from our dressing room.”

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