Cricket Quotebook: Bishan Singh Bedi, Vivian Richards, Sehwag, Chris Gayle, Etc.

Linus Fernandes@mktimeforsportsAnalyst IIDecember 11, 2011

Cricket Quotebook: Bishan Singh Bedi, Vivian Richards, Sehwag, Chris Gayle, Etc.

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    Chris Gayle, Sir Vivian Richards, Scott Styris,Virender Sehwag and Bishan Singh Bedi shoot from the lip like nobody's business in this edition of What They Said, Really Meant and Definitely Didn't.

    Gayle tweets up Virender Sehwag's storm.

    Styris ribs his former teammates for not scoring a tonful of runs.

    Bedi continues to spear questionable actions.

    Richards ruminates on the state of West Indian cricket.

    And Sehwag is not too tired to produce yet another memorable gem.

Sir Vivian Richards and the Games People Play

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    What he said (via Times Of India):

    “The WICB have been very naughty.”

    Sir Vivian Richards bats for Chris Gayle.

    The dashing Jamaican opener has been kept out of the West Indian side for criticising Dr. Ernest Hilaire and his colleagues for their high-handedness and arrogance.

    Richards squarely laid the blame—for the current state of Caribbean cricket—at the doorstep of  the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB).

    Richards said:

    "There have been some good signs coming out of the team of late, but really, we need to improve more. We are in a transitional stage."

    Richards believes that Chris Gayle deserves to be in the Test side.

    The original master blaster added:

    We have a board that is totally dictatorial and they won’t budge on their thoughts with Chris. The WICB had also asked for a commission to undertake a wide look at the governance of cricket in the West Indies. Now some findings have come back to them and the WICB were not too happy in its findings.

    Chris Gayle has a case and the board should find a resolution in the matter ASAP as it is really sad how they have treated him.

    The board has not released the findings of the commission and haven’t been upfront with everyone. They have put up a smoke screen and they have been far too dictatorial and someone has to take them on and Chris Gayle is doing that. I wish him luck and I am totally supporting Chris and we need to take these guys on … The WICB have been very naughty.

    What he really meant:

    “The WICB are acting like spoilt children—wielding the rod.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Yay! The freshly minted West Indian cricketing anthem—Games People Play.”

Scott Styris Scores a Ton—On the Golf Course!

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    What he said:

    “Disappointed to hear I’m probably the only Nz cricketer to score a hundred today!”

    Scott Styris tweets his reaction—from the golf course—to Team New Zealand’s dismissal for a paltry 150 runs in the second Test against Australia at Hobart.

    James Pattinson claimed his second five-wicket haul in two games to put Australia in the driver’s seat on Day One.

    What Styris really meant:

    “At least, my handicap is not a guy named Pattinson.”

    What Styris definitely didn’t:

    “Hey chaps, keep this up and you can join me on the golf course from days four to five.”

Virender Sehwag Is an Old Man at 33

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    What he said (via Reuters):

    "I’m very tired because I’m a 33-year-old. I’m an old man and my back and glutes are tight."

    Virender Sehwag excuses himself from fielding after scoring an epic 219 in the fourth ODI against West Indies at Indore.

    Sehwag said:

    Everybody was expecting me to score a double hundred and I think I lived (up to the) expectation..

    Whenever I wanted to hit a ball, I hit into the gaps and it went for four. Whenever I wanted to hit a six, I just tried to hit it with a straight bat.

    I was telling myself and Gautam Gambhir that if we batted with a little patience, we could score a big one here.

    Sehwag was grassed on 170 by his West Indian counterpart, Darren Sammy.

    Sehwag said:

    "When Sammy dropped my catch, I thought God is with me and God is telling me ‘just bat until 45th-46th over and you will achieve your 200′.”

    What he really meant:

    “Post this knock, I just have enough energy to sit on my a**—literally”

    What he definitely didn’t:


    “Next stop, the Mumbai marathon.”

Chris Gayle Cannot Mask His Admiration

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    What he said (via Twitter):

    “Well I did watch some of that innings by Viru…. Brilliant striking!! Congrats on ur 219.. That’s child abuse! The Mask would say, Smoking!”

    Chris Gayle congratulates Virender Sehwag on his marauding knock in the fourth ODI against West Indies at Indore.

    Sehwag’s double ton is the highest individual score in the 50 over format.

    Sachin Tendulkar held the previous record having scored 200 against South Africa at Gwalior.

    What he really meant:

    “Viru, you’re toying with my teammates. Find kids your own size to beat up.”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “Viru, you interrupted my movie. Which one, you ask? The Mask, of course.”

Bishan Singh Bedi Is Five Degrees or Less

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    What he said (via IBNLive):

    “I believe in clean action. I belong to traditional cricket. I don’t believe in 15 degrees of all such nonsense.”

    Bishan Singh Bedi is still not convinced of the validity of Shoaib Akhtar’s and Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling actions.

    The left-armer famously termed them “javelin throwers”.

    Bedi manages the Jammu & Kashmir Ranji team.

    What he really meant:

    “Either you’re chucking or you’re not.Hyperextension—what’s that?”

    What he definitely didn’t:

    “I’d love to coach javelin throwers. They’d make great bowlers; the right bio-mechanics are already in place. And the doosra is right up their alley.”