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Gopalaswamy Iyenger Kasturirangan (born 12 October 1930, Madras, India) is a former cricketer who played first-class cricket in India from 1948 to 1963.

Kasturirangan was an opening bowler who bowled “sharp inswingers … off the wrong foot”.He played cricket for the Mysore University team in the Rohinton Baria Trophy from 1947-48 to 1950-51, taking three wickets in the final in his last season, when Mysore University won.

He made his first-class debut in 1948-49 for Mysore in the Ranji Trophy. In 1951-52 Ranji Trophy matches he took 12 wickets at an average of 10.33. He was selected to tour the West Indies with India in 1952-53 but declined the invitation and was replaced by N. Kannayiram.

He continued to play for Mysore, and captained the team from 1960-61 until his retirement after the 1962-63 season. His best figures were 6 for 42 (8 for 98 in the match) against Hyderabad in 1961-62.

Kasturirangan played 47 matches in his cricket career.  He scored 447 runs in 57 innings of which 27 were not outs. His highest score was 41 not out and returned with an aveage of 14.90 runs per innings. His highest score came against Andhra in 1960-61 at Bangalore. He was involved in an unfinished partnership of 158 runs for the seventh wicket in the company of KS Viswanath who scored 131 not out.  With the leather he captured 133 wickets of which 47 were bowled. 65 were caught and 21 were leg before wicket. His best bowling innings effort was 7 for 13 in the Rohinton Baria Trophy representing Mysore University against Poona University at Central College Grounds, Bangalore.  Poona University was scuttled out for 45 due to the magnificent bowling effort of Kasturirangan. He returned with the bowling figures of 14.0-6-13-7. In Poona’s second innings, he was amongst the wickets again. His figures read 17.0-7-18-3. He had a great match picking up ten wickets conceding 31 runs.

Kasturirangan made his first class debut in a Ranji Trophy match representing Mysore against Maharashtra at Central College Grounds in 1948-49 season. His first first class wicket was that of PG Sham Joshi whom he had caught and bowled for 81. He returned with figures of 18.3-4-29-1. He scored 2 not out with the willow in Mysore’s first innings. In second innings, his bowling figures read 4.0-0-4-0. With the willow he scored 429 runs from 36 matches and 48 innings out of which 18 were not outs. He returned with an average of 14.30 runs per innings. His highest score was 41 not out against Andhra in 1960-61 at Bangalore. With  the leather he captured 94 wickets of which 28 were bowled, 52 were caught and 12 were leg before wicket. He had two five wicket hauls in his first class career –

1 5 13 Tamilnadu Madras 1960/61
2 6 42 Hyderabad Hyderabad 1961/62

His best innings bowlng figures in First class cricket was his 6 for 42 against Hyderabad at Hyderabad in 1961-62 season.

Kasturirangan’s last first class match was against Kerala at Trivandrum in 1962-63 season. He was captaining Mysore in his farewell first class game. He captained Mysore in nine first class games. His performance while leading read as under

Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
9 12 5 123 41* 17.57 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs W BB Ave Ct St
1340 65 487 27 6-42 18.03 4 0

Kasturirangan plsyed 28 Ranji Trophy matches for Mysore and captained in eight Ranji Trophy matches. His performace is listed below

Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
28 35 15 330 41* 16.50 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave Ct St
4752 226 1518 76 6-42 19.97 16 0
Mat Inns NO Runs HS  Ave HC C
8 10 4 120 41* 20.00 0 0
Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave Ct St
1226 60 428 25 6-42 17.12 2 0

Kasturirangan has appeared against six visiting teams representing Mysore, South Zone and Indian Board President’s Eleven. The details are furnished below

No Date Visiting Teams Representing
1 27 Jan 1951 Commonwealth XI in 1950/51 Mysore
2 21 Nov 1952 Pakistan 1952/53 South Zone
3 21 Mar 1958 Ceylon in 1957/58 Mysore
4 16 Jan 1959 West Indies in 1958/59 South Zone
5 07 Jan 1961 Pakistan in 1960/61 Indian BP XI
6 06 Jan 1962 MCC in 1961/62 South Zone

Kasturirangan has played two Duleep Trophy matches representing South Zone. The details are furnished below

No Date Trophy Match Ground
1 30 Sep 1961 Duleep Trophy South v North Nehru Stadium, Madras
2 20 Oct 1961 Duleep Trophy West v South Brabourne Stadium, Bombay

Post retirement he was the Vice President of KSCA. He was also a curator of the pitches at KSCA and was also the Chairman of the pitches subcommittee of BCCI.

‘If we lose game, it’s on your head’: When wrong LBW call against Chris Gayle left Brad Hogg fuming

‘If we lose game, it’s on your head’: When wrong LBW call against Chris Gayle left Brad Hogg fuming

Former Australia off-spinner Brad Hogg, in a recent video, recalled the 2015 Big BashLeague encounter in which he was “annihilated” by Chris Gayle.

The 2015 Big BashLeague encounter between Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers was not one of the best games for former Australia spinner Brad Hogg. The left-arm spinner was hammered all over the park by West Indies’ star player ChrisGayle. Hogg was smashed for 44 runs in his 4 overs. Speaking in a video on his Youtube channel ‘Hogg’s Vlog’, the bowler explained how he lost his cool in the match after a wrong LBW call and almost cost the match to his team.

“30th December, 2015, it’s Melbourne Renegades vs Perth Scorchers. Chris Gayle is playing for Renegades, Hoogg is playing for Scorchers. Before the game, I was hoping that our opening bowlers would make the breakthrough and not allow me to get exposed to Chris Gayle. The reasons being the conditions at dockland were not conducive to my bowling. Pitch stays low. I like a pitch with extra bounce because of my top spin where I hit the bat high up on the splice,” Hogg said.

“Chris Gayle already had one-up on me before we started the game. When I came on, I had two plans to Chris Gayle. The first one was up to keep him off strike. The first ball I am bowling, Aaron Finch was on strike. And he turned over the strike straightaway. So, I had the next five balls to Chris Gayle,” Hogg recalled.

“I wanted him to ball quick into the pitch just short of the length. But I didn’t want to be too short because he would be able to pull me, I didn’t want to be just overpitched where he could just power me down the ground. So, as I started bowling, I already had negative thoughts, and I gave away a four and a six in the next three balls,” he further said.

The 49-year-old further recalled how he changed his plans to bowl a quicker one which trapped Gayle on the pads, but the umpire was not convinced that it was hitting the middle stumps. “It was in the 5th delivery, I thought I’d rather slow it up rather than bowl quicker, just to see if I can bamboozle him, and make him swing a little bit earlier. Slowed it up, he missed it. LBW, right in front, hitting middle stump. Umpire gave it not-out.

“Now this umpire has never umpired me before. ‘Why haven’t you given that out, mate’, why haven’t you given that out’. He said ‘it was missing leg stumps’. I said ‘you gotta be kidding me, what do you mean it’s missing leg stumps, it’s turning back and hitting middle’. He said ‘it was wrong-un, and going down leg’. I went off my tree. I said ‘mate, you haven’t seen one ball that I have bowled in my life, and you are telling me that’s wrong-un, when I have actually bowled a leggie. Come on! If that’s cost us the game tonight, it’s on your head’,” Hogg said.

He went on to recall how the decision led to him losing his concentration and he was “annihilated” by Chris Gayle in his next few overs. “The next ball, dot. But the next over, I went for 13 (16, actually). The reason I went for 13 (16) was because I was fielding at square leg when Andrew Tye was bowling his over, and I was still abusing the umpire. I didn’t focus on the job at hand. I went for 44 that evening. And Chris Gayle annihilated me.”

Hogg advised that everyone should do all things with positive mindset and the right attitude to achieve success. “Gayle made me look like a 2nd grade bowler. But, it’s just simple. Anything you do in life, you’ve got the wrong attitude, the wrong mindset, things fall apart. I lost focus, I got angry, and I didn’t control the controllables,” he said.

“So, when you are out in the middle, just make sure, you control the decisions. Don’t get upset over a bad ball. Don’t get upset over bad decisions. If you have got the right mind, you can make it up the very next ball. And that was the difference between Shane Warne playing Test cricket over myself. He had a better mindset in the game of cricket. He was so good in not letting things to him,”Hogg signed off.

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ICC Approves COVID-19 Substitutes, Bans Use of Saliva; Additional DRS Review in Test Cricket

ICC Approves COVID-19 Substitutes, Bans Use of Saliva; Additional DRS Review in Test Cricket

The ICC on Tuesday approved COVID-19 replacements in Test cricket, banned the use of saliva to shine the ball and re-introduced non-neutral umpires for bilateral series as part of its interim playing regulations to tackle the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement has come on the day the same day the West Indies squad arrived in England for a three-Test series behind closed doors.

In the five new regulations, recommended by the Anil Kumble-chaired Cricket Committee, and ratified by the Chief Executives Committee (CEC), the teams will also be allowed an additional DRS call as home umpires will now be officiating in bilateral Test series.

Also, a 32-inch additional logo would be permitted on the players’ jerseys, which will help teams make commercial gains as Boards battle the pandemic’s financial blow.

“Teams will be allowed to replace players displaying symptoms of COVID-19 during a Test match. In line with concussion replacements, the Match Referee will approve the nearest like-for-like replacement,” the ICC stated in a press release.

“However, the regulation for COVID-19 replacements will not be applicable in ODIs and T20Is,” it added.

The CEC predictably ratified the ban on use of saliva, which is considered to be a transmitter of novel coronavirus unlike sweat which will still be allowed to shine the ball. Repeated violation of the ban would at first invite a warning before a five-run penalty is imposed.

“Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning,” the ICC said.

“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences,” the parent body stated.

The introduction of two home team umpires for bilaterals after nearly two decades is purely due to the logistical challenges of travelling given the flight restrictions in place globally.

“The requirement to appoint neutral match officials will be temporarily removed from the playing conditions for all international formats owing to the current logistical challenges with international travel.

“The ICC will be able to appoint locally based match officials from the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Officials and the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Officials,” the ICC said.

This means India’s C Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Nitin Menon will be seen officiating during the home series against England next year with Javagal Srinath being the match referee.

Due to the lack of experience of a lot of these umpires, who are not a part of the ICC Elite Panel, an additional DRS review has been allotted to the teams in each innings.

“…keeping in mind that there may be less experienced umpires on duty at times. This will increase the number of unsuccessful appeals per innings for each team to three for Tests and two for the white-ball formats.”

The ICC Cricket Operations team will also support local match referees when processing code of conduct breaches, and a neutral Elite Panel match referee will conduct any hearing remotely via video link.

The ICC also relaxed the apparel rules by allowing a logo on the chest of Test match jersey.

“A logo, not exceeding 32 square inches in size, may be placed on the chest of the Test match shirt and sweater in addition to the three other logos allowed as per regulations. As of now, logos on chests are only allowed in ODIs and T20Is.”

(With Inputs from ICC Release)

Denying Tendulkar 100th Ton Made Umpire Rod Tucker and I Get Death Threats: Tim Bresnan

Denying Tendulkar 100th Ton Made Umpire Rod Tucker and I Get Death Threats: Tim Bresnan

Tim Bresnan said that he umpire Rod Tucker received death threats for wrongly depriving Sachin Tendulkar the opportunity to bring up his 100th Century

Former Indian cricket captain Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman to have played the sport. The Master Blaster is widely regarded as the ‘God of Cricket’. Tendulkar, who is the highest run-scorer in Tests as well as ODIs, was known for his impeccable batting technique. Sachin Tendulkar has created a plethora of records in his glorious 24-year career. One of the most coveted record that the ‘Master Blaster’ owns is scoring 100 international hundreds.

However, it wasn’t an easy ride for Tendulkar after scoring his 99th hundred during the 2011 World Cup game against South Africa. After that century, Tendulkar touched the 90-run mark only once in 2011. It seemed like Tendulkar was going to create history by scoring the 100th ton of his international career in a Test match against England. However, to everyone’s disappointment, he was trapped in front of the wicket by England all-rounder Tim Bresnan as umpire Rod Tucker adjudged him out on 91 and broke a billion hearts.

Recalling the moment, Bresnan said that he and umpire Rod Tucker received death threats for depriving Tendulkar the opportunity to bring up his 100th international ton. While speaking on the Yorkshire Cricket: Covers Off podcast, Bresnan said that Tendulkar was on 99 international hundreds and in that series, there were no referrals because the BCCI didn’t want them. It was at The Oval in the last Test of the 2011 series in England. He added that the ball was probably missing leg anyway and umpire Rod Tucker adjudged it out.

Bresnan revealed that he got death threats on Twitter and umpire Tucker had people writing to him to his home address. Bresnan also revealed that Tucker received proper death threats and many fans wrote to him that the ball was missing the leg stump. He further said that the situation arose to such an extent that Tucker had to get police protection.

Tendulkar finally ended his dry spell in the 2012 Asia Cup match against Bangladesh and reached the milestone of scoring 100 tons in international cricket. It eventually turned out to be Tendulkar’s penultimate ODI appearance as he retired from white-ball cricket later that year. Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket in October 2013 and played his final Test against West Indies in Mumbai a month later.

Sachin Tendulkar’s World records

Sachin Tendulkar’s World records

Tendulkar will become the first cricketer in the annals of test cricket to appear in 200 tests. The ensuing Mumbai Test would be his 200th test

Tendulkar holds the record of playing most tests at home. Mumbai test was his 94th test. Thus at the end of his test career he has played most tests at home – 94 tests. RT Ponting has played 92 tests at home

He has an aggregate of 3630 runs against Australia and it is the second highest aggregate against Australia by any batsman. The best total is credited to JB Hobbs who has an aggregate of 3636 runs,

His 16 half centuries against Australia is a world record. He shares this record jointly with GA Gooch and H Sutcliffe who have scored similar number of half centuries against Australia

He is the only batsman to total 10000 test runs while batting at number four. At the end of the Mumbai test against West Indies his run aggregate read 13521 runs. He remains the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to appear in exact 275 innings while batting at number four.

He is the only batsman to score 100 plus fifties while batting at number four. At the end of the Mumbai test he has an aggregate of 102 fifties while batting at number four

His 44 hundreds and 58 half centuries are a record for most centuries and half centuries for a batsman who has batted at number four in tests. He is the only batsman to score 50 plus half centuries while batting at number four.

He is the only batsman to score 20 test hundreds while batting at number four on home soil and 24 test hundreds while batting at number four on away soil.

His partnership runs of 6920 with R Dravid are yet another world record for most partnership runs between two batsmen in the annals of test cricket.

SR Tendulkar and R Dravid have posted 20 three figure partnerships in a test innings which is yet another world record for most three figure partnerships between two batsmen in tests. In fact, they are the only pair to post 20 three figure partnerships.

SR Tendulkar and R Dravid have posted 29 half century partnerships in a test innings which is yet another world record for most half century partnerships between two batsmen in tests.

SR Tendulkar and R Dravid have posted 49 half century partnerships in a test innings which is yet another world record for most half century partnerships between two batsmen in tests.

He has an aggregate of 7142 runs at home and is the second batsman to aggregate 7000 plus runs at home.  RT Ponting is other batsman with 7578 runs

He has played 153 innings at home. RT Ponting holds the record for or most test innings on home soil. He has played 154 innings at home.

Tendulkar has pouched 115 catches and stands third in the list of Indian fieldsmen who have pouched 100 plus catches in tests. Others are – R Dravid {209}, VVS Laxman {135).

He shares the record for most double hundreds by an Indian batsman with V Sehwag. Both the batsmen have scored six double hundreds.

He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to total 1000 plus runs in six calendar years. His feat is listed thus –

No Player Mat Runs HS Year
1 SR Tendulkar  12 1000 169 1997
2 SR Tendulkar  10 1088 217 1999
3 SR Tendulkar  10 1003 155 2001
4 SR Tendulkar  16 1392 193 2002
5 SR Tendulkar  13 1063 154* 2008
6 SR Tendulkar  14 1562 214 2010

He is one of the six batsmen {seven occasions} and the only Indian batsman to aggregate 1500 plus runs in a calendar year. The seven batsmen are listed below

No Player Team Mat Runs Year
1 Mohd Yousuf Pak 11 1788 2006
2 IVA Richards Win 11 1710 1976
3 GC Smith SAF 15 1656 2008
4 MJ Clarke Aus 11 1595 2012
5 SR Tendulkar  Ind 14 1562 2010
6 RT Ponting Aus 15 1544 2005
7 RT Ponting Aus 11 1503 2003

He is one of the eight batsmen who have scored 5000 plus runs in a team’s victory tests. He has scored 5946 runs in India’s 72 wins and holds the record for an Indian batsman to total 5000 plus test runs in India’s wins

No Player Team Mat Runs C HC
1 RT Ponting Aus 108 9157 30 42
2 SR Waugh Aus 86 6460 25 25
3 JH Kallis SAF 81 6264 21 28
4 ML Hayden Aus 71 6154 23 19
5 SR Tendulkar Ind 72 5946 20 24
6 JL Langer Aus 70 5229 15 19
7 R Dravid Ind 56 5131 15 23
8 GC Smith SAF 58 5117 18 20

Has scored 1645 runs in the fourth innings of a test – a record for most runs scored by a batsman in the fourth innings of a test in the annals of test cricket

He has a unique record. He has played 100 tests when India has won the toss and 100 tests when India has lost the toss.

He has played most innings in drawn tests – He has appeared in 72 drawn tests and 104 innings.

Cricketers who have represented two teams

Cricketers who have represented two teams

The following tables furnish the list of cricketers who have represented two teams. In tests 15 cricketers have represented two test teams, 12 cricketers have represented two one day international teams and eight cricketers have represented two T20 International teams

No Name Format Team1 Team2
1 Amir Elahi Tests Pak Ind
2 Ferris  JJ Tests Eng Aus
3 Guillen  SC Tests NZl Win
4 Gul Mahomed Tests Ind Pak
5 Hearne  F Tests SAF Eng
6 Kardar  AH Tests Pak Ind
7 Midwinter  WE Tests Aus Eng
8 Mitchell  F Tests SAF Eng
9 Murdoch  WL Tests Eng Aus
10 Pataudi IAK Tests Ind Eng
11 Rankin  WB Tests Ire Eng
12 Traicos  AJ Tests Zim SAF
13 Trott  AE Tests Eng Aus
14 Wessels  KC Tests SAF Aus
15 Woods  SMJ Tests Eng Aus
No Name Format Team1 Team2
1 Brown  DR ODI Sco Eng
2 Chapman  MS ODI NZl HKG
3 Cummins  AC ODI Can Win
4 Jones  GO ODI HKG Eng
5 Lambert  CB ODI USA Win
6 Marshall  XM ODI USA Win
7 Morgan  EJG ODI Eng Ire
8 Rankin  WB ODI Ire Eng
9 Ronchi  L ODI NZl Aus
10 vanderMerwe  RE ODI Net SAF
11 Walsh  HR ODI Win USA
12 Wessels  KC ODI SAF Aus
No Name Format Team1 Team2
1 Brown  DR T20I Sco Eng
2 Chapman  MS T20I NZl HKG
3 Izatullah Dawlatzai T20I Ger Afg
4 Marshall  XM T20I USA Win
5 Nannes  DP T20I Aus Net
6 Rankin  WB T20I Ire Eng
7 Ronchi  L T20I NZl Aus
8 van  der Merwe  RE T20I Net SAF

The following tables furnish the list of cricketers who have represented two teams  in any of the two formats. The list contains 18 cricketers.

No Name Format Team1 Team2 Team1 Team2 Team1 Team2
1 Campbell  RJ Any two     Aus   HKG  
2 Cummins  AC Any two Win   Can Win    
3 Hamilton  GM Any two Eng   Sco   Sco  
4 Izatullah Dawlatzai Any two     Afg   Ger Afg
5 Jones  GO Any two Eng   HKG Eng Eng  
6 Joyce  EC Any two Ire   Eng   Ire Eng
7 Lambert  CB Any two Win   USA Win    
8 Marshall  XM Any two Win   USA Win USA Win
9 Morgan  EJG Any two Eng   Eng Ire Eng  
10 Nannes  DP Any two     Aus   Aus Net
11 Rankin  WB All three Ire Eng Ire Eng Ire Eng
12 Ronchi  L Any two NZl   NZl Aus NZl Aus
13 Strydom  GM Any two     Zim   CIs  
14 Theron  J Any two     USA   SAF  
15 Traicos  AJ Any two Zim SAF Zim      
16 Trott  AE Any two Eng Aus        
17 van der Merwe  RE Any two     Net SAF Net SAF
18 Walsh  HR Any two     Win USA Win  
19 Wessels  KC Any two SAF Aus SAF Aus    

WB Rankin is the only cricketer to represent two teams – Ireland and England – in all the three formats – Tests, ODIs and T20Is

No Name Format Team1 Team2 Team1 Team2 Team1 Team2
1 Rankin  WB All three Ire Eng Ire Eng Ire Eng
Some more interesting Cricket Quotes

Some more interesting Cricket Quotes

“They have played some very good one-day cricket over the last couple of years, probably particularly in South Africa, so they’ll be definitely up for it.”

Author: Ponting

“The most famous cricketers are too big to play county cricket.”

Author: Botham

“The cricket hasn’t knocked horseracing off the top as leading sport in terms of total betting turnover, but on days when the cricket has been on everything else has taken a back seat. There’s been an enormous amount of interest during any given Test. There’s massive trading of positions all day. People have their computers on next to their televisions. They bet literally hundreds of times in the course of a match.”

Author: Davies

“It’s most important that cricket is played in [public] schools.”

Author: Thorpe

“He didn’t quite manage to get his leg over.’ – about Ian Botham, though admittedly on the cricket pitch at the time”

Author: Agnew

“We sent AB back home to learn some more about ODI cricket. He had a bit of an identity crisis in this form of the game. I’m happy to see how well he did and we will definitely consider him.”

Author: Arthur

“We don’t want cricket reduced to a level where it turns into a hooligans’ sport and the spirit of the game is eroded. We can’t have a situation like we see in football.”

Author: Mani

“In cricket, you have a sense of sport as it should be played by people who respect each other. They fought fiercely but they were friends.”

Author: Kellner

“Football has something to learn from cricket: respect for officials, for each other as professionals and for the opponents.”

Author: Caborn

“The matches have been so close and tensely fought that people not only in England but in other cricket playing nations are totally involved in its outcome.”

Author: Miandad

“This is going to be the biggest summer of cricket that we’ve ever seen and we want to make sure that Australian cricket fans are there and make up the majority of the crowd.”

Author: Sutherland

“I think it’s protocol now that Michael Brown [Cricket Australia’s operations manager] lets you know when you’re in and Trevor lets you know when you’re out.”

Author: Kasprowicz

“Respect for each other is a key component of the game and racist comments have no place in cricket. That this is an isolated incident by a small number of people in one country does not lessen the game’s resolve to address the issue.”

Author: Speed

“I’m baffled by the international standard of cricket”

Author: Vaughan

“Hugh’s just a geezer, a great laugh – although he is a bit corrupting. But he did get me interested in golf and cricket and snooker.”

Author: Hoult

“six really caused a big problem, the ball change really made a big difference. They got a harder ball and the ball tends to do a lot more when it’s a bit newer and they had the advantage but having said that we are capable players, we cannot say because of the ball we did not win, New Zealand played good cricket as well, you have to give them credit.”

Author: Gayle

“To think of playing cricket for hard cash! Money and gentility would ruin any pastime under the sun.”

Author: Mitford

“Besides hoping for a full day’s cricket, we do stand to make money from ancillary areas such as food and drink if we have a full attendance. The less play there is, the less we will make.”

Author: Smith

“The cricket talent in India is still very much untapped. The hope is that the new money can help find our future stars.”

Author: Dravid

“If we create good facilities, then youngsters will want to play cricket at their local clubs.”

Author: Cook

“Irrespective of what happened in the past (the just-concluded Test series), we will play positive and good cricket.”

Author: Dravid

“It will take time for them to become a good team again and not allowing them to play Test cricket won’t help them.”

Author: Ganguly

“Not playing test cricket will help me keep fit and allow me to play on until next year’s World Cup. I will definitely retire from all cricket after that tournament.”

Author: Jayasuriya

“Cricket highlights are one of the jewels in our crown and will play a big part in our continued development as a broadcaster. We are planning to invest significantly behind them, while the cross-media promotional benefits of our deal with the Telegraph offer a unique opportunity to deliver something innovative and heavyweight.”

Author: Lewis

“Our cricket is too gentle – all of it.”

Author: Stewart

“If you are a Swede living in Sweden, Portugal and Italy you don’t know much about cricket. We don’t understand, we have never played it. If you live in England, you should go to see it at least once to know something about it.”

Author: Eriksson

“My mother-in-law, she never watched cricket in her life and she’s watching it,”

Author: Mann

“My mother-in-law, she never watched cricket in her life and she’s watching it. It’s because we’re good at it again. It’s come back. Cricket’s come back to England.”

Author: Mann

“Cricket South Africa did indicate they would try and get me more involved with the national team and give me more of a hands-on role.”

Author: Donald

“Cricket just takes a back seat, however much time he needs he’s got. He’s said his intention is to keep playing, but we’ll just have to see how things unfold over the next weeks.”

Author: Ponting

“There are times when I have felt the pressure, but at the moment I play cricket the only way I can.”

Author: Flintoff

“We can go out and play instinctive cricket with the pressure off.”

Author: Ponting

“We are keen to play more cricket against India, both in Tests and one-day internationals.”

Author: Young

“It’s how you should play cricket. They did the right thing declaring at tea and we set a total they can get if they play very well.”

Author: Lehmann

“Getting home for three days, getting away from the cricket was great.”

Author: Flintoff

“He has been playing club cricket at home and he has been batting and bowling, so he is fine.”

Author: Tissera

“I don’t think it should be too bad. I’ve seen back home in cricket, you have the third umpire for run-outs, stuff like that. It all happens pretty quickly.”

Author: Hewitt

“In fact, I wonder who are the people who go to watch old men play cricket. I fear that someone would collapse on the field one day.”

Author: Khan

“We’ve been learning throughout the Test match and understanding a bit more about how people play their cricket, … Obviously, Steve and I know the best way for each other to perform, but the other lads are a bit of a mix and match.”

Author: Flintoff

“It’s probably my best day of cricket to date, … the highest point so far.”

Author: Flintoff

Some more interesting Cricket Quotes

Some more interesting Cricket Quotes

“The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity”

Author: Shaw

“It (cricket) requires one to assume such indecent postures”

Author: Wilde

“Far from all resort of mirth, / Save the cricket on the hearth!”

Author: Milton

“We have got a lot of experience in players who have been lucky enough to play test cricket and have been around our first-class setup for sometime, and a lot of youngsters who are looking to create an impression.”

Author: Springer  

“We want to try and get our mental game right. That is shortcoming in Barbados’ cricket – the way we prepare ourselves mentally and our general attitude going into first-class games.”

Author: Springer

“We have a lot of cricket coming up against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and England. That’s going to be tough, so I think it’s good that he’s taking a break now and he can come back completely healed.”

Author: Ganguly

“[The obvious question on everyone’s lips is now: Can England win the Ashes.] We’re playing good cricket, … Challenges have been thrown at us over the last few weeks and we’ve done alright in the last few. The Oval I’m sure will be an epic like the last three. Can we do it for the last game? I’m not too sure if we can but sure we will do.”

Author: Vaughan

“Cricket has captured the imagination of the nation, this if fantastic, beyond a dream. When England players win at any sport, the fans are the best in the world.”

Author: Vaughan

“We’re simply interested in playing good cricket.”

Author: Shukla

“I want to see a full day’s cricket. It’s what the series deserves.”

Author: Hart

“Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen”

Author: Mugabe

“They’re [England] number two in the world now and have played excellent cricket of late, and I think both sides match up particularly well.”

Author: Ponting

“It was borne out of World Series Cricket and it’s almost an institution in world cricket, so from that point of view everyone understands and knows very well what a big event it is.”

Author: Sutherland

“It was knocked on the head quite sternly by most of the captains at the (International Cricket Council) captains meeting in Sydney a couple of weeks ago,”

Author: Ponting

“Hence, I shall try to go to England and play county cricket for six to eight weeks.”

Author: Nehra

“In establishing this offer we will be aiming to reward Australian fans who register as members of the Cricket Family while also ensuring as many Australians as possible have access to next summer’s matches. If you’re an Australian and want to support the team in the forthcoming Test Series, register online now and give yourself the best chance of being there.”

Author: Sutherland

“I had said then that it was the biggest upset in the history of cricket. I can’t say for sure whether that is true but it definitely has been the biggest disappointment for me.”

Author: Ponting

“It’s an extremely sad day for Australian cricket.”

Author: Ponting

“I’m at a loss for words. That is my best moment in cricket by far.”

Author: Boucher

“They should start at the very top when assessing what went wrong in England. Cricket Australia executives, the coach, the manager, the captain and support staff must be all held accountable for this disaster.”

Author: Lillee

“England have played excellent cricket and have met head on the challenges both on and off the field,”

Author: Waugh

“It’s one of my best moments in cricket. We always knew we’d be up against it. We tried to keep it simple, we knew we had to get a good start and Herschelle and Graeme (Smith) did fantastically well.”

Author: Boucher

“It was something special. Test cricket is a different ball game but I really enjoyed it and hopefully we can take some of that momentum into the Tests.”

Author: Boucher

“It is now an established part of the global cricket calendar taking place every two years and when the ICC comes to sell television rights for all its events up to 2015 later this year it will form part of the package available to broadcasters.”

Author: Speed

“It got to the point when I said I was pretty fatigued and struggling to concentrate on my cricket ahead of a big Test match. I spoke to the people that needed to know and decided it was the right thing to come home.”

Author: Trescothick

“Stephen quite understandably wants to be playing first-team cricket. If he wants to talk to other people, that is OK.”

Author: Newton

“Twice in international cricket I came close to it so I thought it didn’t happen before, it might not happen today.”

Author: Pathan

“We can’t assume cricket will always be part of the Australian culture, as has been the case for such a long time, unless we make the game relevant and accessible to today’s culture.”

Author: Sutherland

“He is probably right (about the) longer format, one-day cricket or like Twenty20 cricket the shorter the game the more of a bit of a lottery it can become,”

Author: Gilchrist

“These are amazing scenes and it’s fantastic what is happening to English cricket, … I’m taking it all in and this is great for the game of cricket.”

Author: Pietersen

“The era of a dominant team in test cricket is probably at and end.”

Author: Waugh

“There may be a few nerves before his first over in test cricket but he seems a relaxed sort of guy so hopefully he can put in a big performance. He couldn’t ask for a better stage than at the SCG.”

Author: Kallis

“The Test cricket we’ve played over the last few weeks has been of a very high standard.”

Author: Ponting

“We have to be hopeful that things can improve. It is pretty embarrassing the state that West Indies cricket is in at the moment. We can’t put out our best team. At the end of the day, everybody is losing.”

Author: Lara

“Usually derbies are 0-0 or completely crazy. In the end it was a cricket score. We are back to winning habits in a derby we don’t traditionally win.”

Author: Wenger

“I thought that we played really good cricket. It’s just unfortunate that we lost a few wickets. That is what put us back.”

Author: Hinds

“I know we’re twins and we played a lot of cricket together but Stephen really didn’t let much on about when he was going to retire and in what way he wanted to do it.”

Author: Waugh

“I play a lot of cricket.”

Author: Mendes

“He was a fantastic player and leader. His services to cricket have been quite remarkable.”

Author: Ponting

“A resurgence is needed. West Indies cricket needs a resurgence.”

Author: Lara

Wittiest, nuttiest and funniest commentators and their quotes.

Wittiest, nuttiest and funniest commentators and their quotes.

Commentators are integral part of the game. They tell the story of the game that are unseen to the spectators; this was more relevant in the age of radio. Their observation, witty remarks, and knowledge of cricket make cricket spectators’ experience of watching the game better. Their gentle and avuncular voice is always a treat to watch the game and listen their voice on Radio.

Here are 15 wittiest, nuttiest and funniest commentators and their quotes.

John Snagge (1904-1996)


“Yorkshire 232 all out, Hutton ill – I’m sorry, Hutton 111.”

Radio announcer and television commentator, John Snagge started his BBC career in 1924 in Stoke on Trent, in what was then a regional radio station, before present day local radio had been thought of. He has a unique insight into the life of the BBC’s first Director General, John Reith, and insightful reflections on the ‘grammar’ of radio itself.

Brian Johnston (1912-1994)


1) “Ray Illingworth has just relieved himself at the pavilion end.”

2) “Welcome to Worcester where you’ve just missed seeing Barry Richards hitting one of Basil D’Oliveira’s balls clean out of the ground.”

Brina Johnston was known as ‘Johnners’ to millions of cricket fans around the world. For nearly fifty years he was the voice of cricket on BBC television and radio. When Brian died in 1994 at the age of eighty-one, the Daily Telegraph described him as ‘the greatest natural broadcaster of them all’ and the Prime Minister John Major paid him the tribute: ‘Summers will never be the same.’

Richie Benaud (1930-2015)


1)“He’s usually a good puller – but he couldn’t get it up that time.”

2)“And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century” – on the Australian bowler, famous for his ineptitude with the bat.”

Richie Benaud was a great cricketer. He opted for commentary after bidding his cricket career adieu. The same has applied to his journalism: terse, direct and commonsensical, and his broadcasting: mellow and authoritative. His wise head was sought by Kerry Packer in the formation of World Series Cricket in 1977, conferring respectability on the breakaway league. He was a guru to Ian Chappell and Shane Warne among others, he is perhaps the most influential cricketer and cricket personality since the Second World War.

Bob  Massie (1947-present)


“If you go in with two fast bowlers and one breaks down, you’re left two short.”

Bob Massie was an Australian fast bowler and after retiring from the game joined a bank, but he couldn’t keep himself out of cricket so joined ABC commentary team. His best come out after his epic decision to join the commentary.

Mike Brearley (1942-present)


“Playing against a team with Ian Chappell as a captain turns cricket match into gang warfare.”

Mike Brearley was one of the best captains the game has seen. His intuitive thinking, resourceful and clear thinking captaincy made him famous. He occasionally did commentary .

Pete Sampras (1971-present)


“I don’t know what these fellows are doing, but whatever they are doing, they sure are doing it well.”

-Famous United States Tennis player Pete Sampras on watching Lara and Ambrose at Lord’s.

Petter Sellers (1925-1980)


“Is there any sex in it?”

– Peter Sellers, as a psychiatrist upon first learning about cricket in What’s New Pussycat, 1965

Ted Dexter (1935-present)

“I think we are all slightly down in the dumps after another loss. We may be in the wrong sign…Venus may be in the wrong juxtaposition with somewhere else.”

– Ted Dexter, explaining away England’s seventh successive Test loss, to Australia at Lord’s, 1993

Tony Cozier (1940-2016)


“The Queen’s Park Oval — as its name suggests, absolutely round!”

Tony Cozier’s first commentary was during the West Indies-Australia series in 1965, and he was an ever-present voice for five decades thereafter. He also worked extensively for overseas television and radio stations. As a writer, he was prolific in newspapers, magazines and books. He was the son of famous cricket writer Jimmy Cozier. Tony started cricket writing since 1958. He recently took his last breath.

Ravi Shastri (1962-present)


“His feet were a long way away from his body.”

Ravi Shastri is former Indian allrounder, who opted for commentary after retirement from the game. His high pitch voice made him popular among the sub-continent audience. His commentary in 2007 World T20 final and 2011 World Cup final  made him more famous.

Tony Greg (1946-2012)


“And (Ajay) Jajeda is disappointed…Jadeja is ji..da..I’ll come again, Jajeda..okay Jadeja looks downcast.”

Tony Greg was a great commentator. He words were very popular in India. His praise and observation on Sachin Tendulkar’s batting made the latter famous, many says. Greg’ choice of words and his high pitched voice made a perfect blend for Indian audience. If Sachin’s bat made job for the Indian team, Tony was the man who made Sachin popular to Indian audience. He died due to cancer

Ian Chappell (1943-present)


“Fast bowlers are quick. Just watch this — admittedly it is in slow motion.”

Former Australian captain Ian Chappell is one of the best commentators in his hey days. His commentary was most loved among cricket fans. But with time Chappell lost his charm.

Geoff Boycott (1940-present)


“It would be unprintable on television.”

Former England cricketer is famous for tongue in cheek comments. He was himself as a batsman. Like many other cricketers he also did commentary and his observation on the game made many enjoy the game especially the Test cricket.

Harsha Bhogle (1961-present)


On Dravid Devastating Form :- “Ask him to walk on Water and he will ask  “How Many Kilometers”?”.

Harsha Bhogle, India’s most vocal and ‘unbiased’ commentator has been sacked by BCCI this IPL for an unknown reason.  However, in the middle of the IPL he was reinstated. Bhogle is well respected for his comments on situations of game, stroke, wickets and catches and remarkable moments. He started his career at All India Radio, later joined BBC, ESPN, and also worked in South Africa and New Zealand.

Fred Trueman (1931-2006)


“That was a tremendous six. The ball was still in the air as it went over the boundary.”

A classical easy action, a mop of unruly jet-black hair and a menacing scowl were the trademarks of Freddie Trueman, the Yorkshire fast bowler who was the first man from any country to take 300 Test wickets, a landmark he reached at The Oval in 1964.After retirement from cricket in 1951, Trueman joined journalism. He was a cricket commentator for BBC.

Cricket Quotes and sayings

Cricket Quotes and sayings

Good players practice till’ they get it right…great players practice till’ they never get it wrong : Margret ann on August 8, 2007

Badminton is not as glamorous as cricket. – Saina Nehwal

I delayed my father’s funeral because of cricket.– Virat Kohli

Cricket is a game played by 11 fools and watched by 11,000 fools – George Bernard Shaw

No cricket team in the world depends on one or two players. The team always plays to win.– Virat Kohli

A true batsman should in most of his strokes tell the truth about himself.– Neville Cardus

If you play good cricket, a lot of bad things get hidden.– Kapil Dev

Cricket is a pressure game, and when it comes to an India-Pakistan match the pressure is doubled.– Imran Khan

Life is like cricket

Don’t lose your wicket

try to get century

but never forget your ‘boundary’

even if you are run out

never become mood out

because God is the third umpire.

To me, cricket is a simple game. Keep it simple and just go out and play.– Shane Warne

Cricket is not illegal, for it is a manly game.– Queen Anne

I am just enjoying what cricket has given me. In sports, it’s obviously really important for all of us to remain fit – and health is wealth, so health comes with the sport.– Harbhajan Singh

Cricket is my life. Before the cancer, I was happy-go-lucky. I used to think about my career and worry about the future. But post it, my thinking has completely changed. I’m happy to eat and breathe normally. I’m happy to have my life back.– Yuvraj Singh

My job is to perform, enjoy cricket and thank God for whatever he has given me.– Suresh Raina

The era of playing aggressive cricket and to have the mid-on up is gone. You now try to read the mindset of a batsman.– Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Cricket is an ancient pastime; it ripened sweetly, it has endured nobly.

The face of the team are the people who’re playing on the cricket field. The team is not about one individual.– Gautam Gambhir

Cricket was my reason for living.– Harold Larwood

But eventually it is a game of cricket.– Sachin Tendulkar

I bowl so slowly that if I don’t like a ball I can run after it and bring it back – J.M. Barrie

Cricket is not a rational sport in India, and we go overboard.– Harsha Bhogle

Cricket is the only sport in the world where you are absolutely horrible at something and you still need to go out and do it.– Harsha Bhogle

Cricket as a passion is distinctly contagious.– David frith

Cricket is full of theorists who can ruin your game in no time.– Ian Terence Botham

May Cricket continue to flourish and spread its wings. The world can only be richer for it.– Sir Donald George

I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in cricket, as once I didn’t think I was good enough.– Shane Warne

Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches.– Paul Hogan

I always breathe cricket.– Kapil Dev

I want to give my six hours of serious cricket on the ground and then take whatever the result.– Sachin Tendulkar

We’re simply interested in playing good cricket.– Shukla

It (cricket) requires one to assume such indecent postures – Wilde

The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity – Shaw

Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let the players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches.– Paul Hogan

Yuvraj Singh is one of the best batsmen to watch in world cricket when he’s in form. He is ego personified. Yuvraj doesn’t just hit the ball, he lets it rebound off his aura.– Jarrod Kimber

Far from all resort of mirth, Save the Cricket on the hearth.– John milton

A gun is no more dangerous than a Cricket bat in the hands of a madman. – Duke of Edinburgh Philip

I tend to believe that Cricket is the greatest thing that God ever created on earth. – Harold Pinter

There is a widely held and quite erroneously held belief that Cricket is just another game. – Prince Philip

If there is any game in the world that attracts the half- baked theorist more than Cricket I have yet to hear of it.– Frederick Sewards

Many continentals think life is a game, the English think Cricket is a game. – George Mikes

In those days, before it became scientific, Cricket was the best game in the world to watch, with its rapid sequence of amusing incidents, each ball a potential crisis! – GM Trevelyan

It is far more than a game, this Cricket.– Sir Neville Cardus