Year-ender 2018: Memorable quotes from the world of cricket

As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some quotes that stood out.

“I know he’s your captain but you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”

Tim Paine’s attempt to disturb Murali Vijay during the Perth Test

“Do you baby sit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”

Paine chats with Rishabh Pant from behind the stumps 

“We have a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, Mayank?”

Pant responds a day later after Paine walked out to bat at the MCG

“I think Virender Sehwag saved the IPL by picking me.”

Chris Gayle being Chris Gayle after being signed by Kings XI Punjab

“I literally stayed up until 1:30 in the morning to watch him cry live on TV. What a pleasure that was.”

Matt Prior after David Warner’s tearful arrival at the Sydney airport 

“He can be in 80, in a wheelchair, and he would still play for my team.”

AB de Viiliers is a big fan of MS Dhoni 

Bowling karega ya bowler change karen? [Are you going to bowl or should we change the bowler?]”

MS Dhoni to Kuldeep Yadav as the bowler struggles to set his field 

“I have a lot of cars and bikes at home but I don’t ride all of them at the same time.”

Dhoni, replying to a question during the IPL on why he didn’t bowl Harbhajan Singh 

“My son is going to speak about it for a long time and in a funny way.”

Azhar Ali after his embarrassing run out in a Test match against Australia 

“I’d back Alyssa Healy against the anacondas, the way her form’s been at the moment.”

Mel Jones is in awe of the Australian opener during her hot streak at the ICC Women’s World T20

“For the first time in my life, someone had to put on my abdomen guard.”

A fractured wrist didn’t stop him from going out to bat, but Tamim Iqbal did need some help in the changing room 

“Nah mate, just the Ashes.”

Asked by a spectator if he had any sandpaper in his pockets, Nathan Lyon gives it back. 

“I was driving in here and someone stopped me and made me wind down the window to say thank you to me and that was lovely.”

Alastair Cook found a sincere fan on his way to The Oval after announcing his retirement 

“At one stage, Hardik hit a boundary and I was in the bathroom. AndI can’t hold up there for long.”

Superstitions are an actual thing, confirms R Ashwin 

“Muzarabani sounds like a Pakistani name. Like we say “thank you” in Pakistan – meherbani.”

Ramiz Raja on air, when commentating during a Pakistan vs Zimbabwe match 

“You get guys that are good. Then you get guys that are excellent. And then you. Get AB de Villiers.”

Dale Steyn on his retired team-mate 

“Kuldeep would be the perfect role model for a son I would want.”

One chinaman bowler to another, Brad Hogg has a soft corner for Kuldeep Yadav