Quotes of the year December 28, 2016

'I am 100% method, 80% skill and 150% madness'

What they said about YouTube, global warming, the toss and more
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The best press-conference moments of 2016

"I normally say 'crikey' when I get to 30, to be honest, so I kept on looking at the scoreboard."
Ben Stokes surprised himself by scoring a Test double-hundred

"Cricket is not a very big sport in prison."
Allen Stanford tells it like it is

"In the last two years I have started speaking more confidently and that's because of WhatsApp."
Hardik Pandya on the role of technology in his life

"You are a jerk! I averaged 2."
Glenn Maxwell responds to a tweet from a fan who wrote that he averaged 1 in the New Zealand ODIs

"I would probably end up in the crowd, but I'm not sure."
Imran Tahir on how far his celebratory run might extend were he to take a hat-trick

"You don't smile much… and I like that about you."
Curtly Ambrose gives a thumbs-up to Under-19 fast bowler Alzarri Joseph

"I thought I would get a few more hits on YouTube today."
Hamilton Masakadza is disappointed that his careless run-out against Hong Kong in the World T20 qualifying round did not go viral

"Rain, rain go away! We have 10% of our 2016 matches to play today!"
Netherlands captain Peter Borren uses a rain delay during the World T20 to make a point on Twitter

"I think we have had enough of winning the hearts of cricket fans, so this time we won the match."
Mohammad Nabi on Afghanistan's win over West Indies in the World T20

"I just want 22 yards long and probably six feet wide. That's a good cricket wicket."
Darren Sammy on the pitch for West Indies' World T20 semi-final against India

"I'll have no job left if the toss is done away with."
Ravi Shastri worries about redundancy in light of discussions about the future of the toss

"We can hit a moving ball at 90 miles an hour but we can't hit a still ball."
Ben Stokes just can't figure out golf

"You can't exactly put a fielder in the car park, can you?"
Ravi Bopara sums up the challenge of setting a field for Chris Gayle

"When I started, I was lucky to get 30 bucks a day and I thought that was the best thing since sliced bread!"
New Zealand allrounder Sophie Devine on how the women's game has grown

"Shoaib was always very muscular and strong, and even hugging him or shaking hands with him could be painful for other players."
Inzamam-ul-Haq offers a possible explanation for Harbhajan Singh's claims that Shoaib Akhtar beat him and Yuvraj Singh up during India's tour to Pakistan in 2003-04

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"I am 100% method, 80% skill and 150% madness."
R Ashwin - all 330% of him - reveals what goes into his success

"It was a good toss to lose and, unfortunately, I won it."
After New Zealand's 204-run defeat to South Africa, Kane Williamson rues his wretched good luck

"I can still handle ten guys like you alone."
Shahid Afridi reassures a journalist about his fitness

"Yeah, Mustafiz isn't playing."
Shakib Al Hasan jokes about why he got a Man-of-the-Match award

"Maybe Clarrie Grimmett was a nicer man than I am."
R Ashwin reflects on being denied the chance to become the fastest to 200 Test wickets after two rain-affected matches

"I am not just a big hitter, I am a big eater too."
Mohammad Shahzad emphasises that he has more than one string to his bow

"With global warming, the sun is a lot stronger nowadays."
Sunil Gavaskar ventures into the realm of climate science in search of a possible reason for the increased incidence of comfort breaks

"It's just my nature to try to irritate the opposition - I don't think I'm practised in it, I think it comes naturally."
Dean Elgar on the secret to his dour batting style

"A fish will never forget how to swim; a bowler doesn't forget how to bowl well."
Mohammad Asif, after taking four wickets on the first day of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final

"Forget about Faf. Those pies are damn expensive."
Russell Domingo draws attention to a serious issue at Adelaide Oval

Sirish Raghavan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • wambling_future on December 31, 2016, 4:13 GMT

    I think it was Sanjay Manjrekar not Sunny Gavaskar who said that about Global Warming... either way it is clear it's not their territory.

  • cricfan8054170 on December 30, 2016, 14:17 GMT

    stn11 method and skill go to 10 % and madness goes to 200 % after seeing his bowling figures in those condtions.

  • bigfrank on December 30, 2016, 10:31 GMT

    Spot on STN11 - Ashwin needs to be able to do it globally before being considered world class.

  • stn11 on December 29, 2016, 13:54 GMT

    The Method, Skill and Madness goes to 10 % each when Ashwin goes to Alien condition.

  • Alexk400 on December 29, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    If we had greatest spinner in the world , he would bowl like this. He will bowl with shoulder bend and crouch in crease like fast bowler. He do not use wrist but big palm and fingers. Kumble had all except he was too tall and his arc was parabola. Spinner must bowl like fast bowler but short steps. Speed is required because of flat arc need it . Dip comes ball start spinning in palm from start of the bowling action but held by palm and released flat. Because of tremendous revolution when ball lands with dip , it will go anywhere in air when bat touches ball. if you can put lots of rev , you can put under spin and make ball roll on ground and bounce like bouncer with same action. Key to deception is fast arm action and slow release. Speed here does dual purpose. make batsman not see the ball , 2 give enough speed for flat trajectory dip. Kinda spinning malcolm marshall. Ideal bowler is 5 ' 10" long arm arm with long palm and fingers.

  • fayyaz03 on December 28, 2016, 20:00 GMT

    Williamson's statement was awesome! Afridi's was a bad one. But the one for which I came here is not even in the list. That was of Faf about Rabada.

  • Hiren on December 28, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    Ashwin, Murali, Warne, are all exceptional bowlers. They are successful in spite of having rule book fixed against them. The LBW rules of where ball can and cannot pitch are designed to discourage spin bowlers and these should be ended. If the ball was going to stumps and a batsman puts his feet in the way of a legal delivery, he is out, regardless of where the ball pitched, what's the weather and anything else.

  • countjimmoriarty on December 28, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    Best reason I've seen yet to abolish the toss...

  • HadesLogic on December 28, 2016, 13:33 GMT

    @CSOWMI7, no point explaining the art of spin to people who are intent on cribbing. Ashwin has really matured as a spinner in test matches over the last 1-1.5 years and is clearly the best spinner in the world. Even I was quite against his inclusion in test matches 2-3 years ago (over Bhajji) as he used to do too many variations rather than doing the basics of flight, dip and stock ball better. But now he has patience and does the normal off spin stuff along with planning far better. Only thing that is still a bit dicey is how he performs at the start of a spell overseas, especially when the opposition has been dominating till his introduction.

  • csowmi7 on December 28, 2016, 9:31 GMT

    @AlexK If you happened to watch the match you would have seen the number of catches that were dropped off of Ashwin's bowling in that Chennai match. He beat the bat on a number of occasions and with a little bit of lucky he could have easily picked up 4-5 wickets. Plus that pitch was one of the flattest pitches we have seen in recent times due to the cyclone which hampered the pitch preparation. Credit to Jadeja for stepping up and running through England on a docile wicket where no other spinner could manage any wickets whatsoever.

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