Pithy remarks and quotable quotes. Wordsworth takes the best statements of the week and packages them into one exciting feature. From quotes that help you delve further into the psyche of players to acerbic barbs from incensed cricketers to remarks that are just downright hilarious, we have them all. They may not quite be "from the mouths of babes and sucklings," but they are just as interesting.
January 4th week
I'm not a great one-day player, but I hope to redeem that and get some
good form going. - Michael Vaughan.
It's important that we get to a state of having two neutral umpires for
all forms of international cricket - a home umpire could be influenced
by the crowd out there at Eden Gardens and it is an extremely difficult
job to do.
- England coach Duncan Fletcher at the end of the first one-
dayer against England.
My team were certainly not the losers out there. Cricket lost out a
little bit but certainly not my team.
- England skipper Nasser Hussain
after the Eden Gardens one-dayer.
Hoggy (Matthew Hoggard) should be trying to knock Darren and myself off
our pedestals, and it is up to us to respond and make sure he does not
take our places.
- Andrew Caddick.
It is totally unacceptable to be provided with facilities like this, and
we have protested strongly to the BCCI and will continue to do so
Chief Executive Tim Lamb, on the practice facilities provided in
We are under-prepared because of very obvious reasons. I mean, if you
have been closely watching and hearing what we have had to say over the
last few days, regarding practice facilities, I think you will realise
what I mean.
- Duncan Fletcher, on the eve of the first one-dayer.
There's one thing you just cannot help but notice when you arrive in
India. It doesn't matter where you go, you just cannot get away from
- Darren Gough.
I have seen a bit of Anil bhai at the NCA, and I also know
Harbhajan. No doubt it is a great challenge, but international cricket
is all about challenges.
- Rookie wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra, on the
prospects of keeping to Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
It is premature to talk about another failure. And I do not think he has
fared badly as a captain.
- Ajit Wadekar, on Sourav Ganguly's poor form.
I don't know who is spreading all such talk (of Ganguly's replacement).
Of course, no one is happy with his form. He himself is not happy and
trying his best to regain his touch. I think we should let him
concentrate on his job by not talking about it.
- Chairman of selectors
For any pair to settle down, you have to give them time. How many Tests
have Bhajji (Harbhajan) and myself have bowled together? Only five. We
have managed to win one Test.
- Anil Kumble, on his recent performances
with Harbhajan Singh.