Year 2016 is leaving us in a few days time with mixed emotions. The year, like any other previous year, gave us plenty of memories, be it on or off the field. There were plenty of quotes that came across from current as well as former cricketers. Some induced laughter while some came out in the form of fired shots to settle scores, eventually giving us a good account of the equations of the cricketing world. A few other quotes provided food for thought. Some quotes got huge appreciation, few of the other attracted controversies. But all-in-all, these quotes made news.

Like always, MS Dhoni remained darling of the media. His banter with the Australian journalist Samuel Ferris during the press conference after India s semi-final exit from World T20 stole the limelight. Virat Kohli, this year s leading run-scorer across formats in international cricket, also remained in the news and had praiseful remarks being said about him. Then, there were the likes of Sourav Ganguly-Ravi Shastri and Shane Warne-Marlon Samuels, who got into a heated war of words advertently or inadvertently. Shahid Afridi and Faf du Plessis entertained with their famous quotes, and Dwayne Bravo and Peter Borren gave food for thought with their pertinent statements.

In this segment, we bring to you 23 such quotes from 2016 that hit the headlines.

1. Easily two of world s best batsmen Kohli and AB de Villiers have formed a mutual admiration club. Former s senior in international cricket ABD had following to say about Kohli while playing alongside him for RCB in IPL 9.


2. Spin legend Shane Warne and West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels do not see eye to eye. They had an on field tussle during a Big Bash League (BBL) game once. Warne flared it up with a not-so-kind on-air remark during World T20, when he criticised Samuels batting approach. It ended up this way:


3. Kohli started the year smashing record-after-record in T20 cricket. This is how the foreign media praised him:


4. This was an audacious statement coming from a minnow nation s player against one of world s top bowlers. But that is how it is. Shahzad did back it up with his performance in 2016.


5. While the media world over was going gaga praising Kohli s heroics, skipper Dhoni could not have stayed far behind. He said this on Kohli s love for Adelaide.


6. One of India s most successful captains, Mohammad Azharuddin career sadly ended on 99 Tests after the match-fixing allegations. However, he fought with the BCCI and managed to get a clean chit years later. When he finally got an invitation from the board to attend India s 500th Test, this is what he had to say:


7. Ravichandran Ashwin kept taking wickets, scoring runs, winning matches and receiving awards and praises throughout 2016. This is what former Indian captain Kapil Dev had to say about him:


8. Mark Nicholas made an infamous remark against the West Indies team ahead of World T20. The Darren Sammy-led side replied in the most apt manner by winning the event. Nicholas was forced to eat his words.


9. It is a known fact West Indian legend Curtley Ambrose was a man-of-few-words. Moreover, he was never media friendly. He did not smile often and maintained a hostile look while playing. He perhaps attributes his such behaviour as a reason for his success. When he met West Indies U-19 World Cup 2016 winning team s star bowler Alzarri Joseph, Ambrose saw his reflection in the youngster. Later, the two worked together for the senior team the same year. This is what Ambrose said of Joseph:


10. WICB and the West Indies player have been at loggerheads since time immemorial. According to the players, the board did not support them this year as well. It was apparent in Sammy s speech after winning the World T20. Saddened by WICB s attitude, senior player Dwayne Bravo went on to say this:


11. Shahid Afridi s age has forever been a matter of joke. In addition, his frequent retirements and return to the field have kept the media active. When one media person asked him about his fitness and retirement plans, this is the witty reply he got back from Boom Boom Afridi:


12. Warne and his former captain Steve Waugh played together for a long time and even won the World Cup together in 1999. So when the former says this about the latter, it does surprise.


13. Hardik Pandya, easily one of Indian cricket s biggest finds this year, had this cheeky answer ready when he was asked about his good interpersonal skills despite not being highly educated:


14. Stephen Cook made Test debut for South Africa this year after going through the First-Class grind for 16 long years. Interestingly, his father Jimmy also played for the country and was dismissed for a first-ball duck on debut. So, an emotional father had this piece of advice for his son ahead of his Test debut:


15. Yet another articulate reply from Dhoni to the media. You cannot outwit him, can you?


16. Younis Khan made an interesting statement involving former Indian captain. Quite naturally, he had to go through a lot after that, with media and former players from his own country going all out in criticising him.


17. Ganguly and Shastri got into an unwanted tussle when the latter was denied another stint as Team India s head coach (he was formerly the Director). Shastri thought Ganguly, who was a part of the selection panel, had a role in his snub. What followed was war of words, with Ganguly putting an end to it with this:


18. After India s exit from World T20, Dhoni had to face the obvious question on his retirement plans since there was very little limited-overs cricket this season. He himself was aware of it and perhaps ready to pounce on any Indian journalist who asked this question. Unfortunately, it came from an Australian scribe, who took the bullet for his Indian colleagues and became a trending topic after Dhoni invited him to sit next to him and have a conversation.


Watch the video of the famous incident here:

19. This statement from the captain of an Associate team made in the middle of a World Cup without doubt becomes a food for thought for the ICC.


20. In absence of senior strike bowlers, young Kagiso Rabada rose to the occasion and almost single-handedly delivered a win for his team in the Perth Test against Australia. An ecstatic skipper, du Plessis not only kissed him on his cheek on the field, but also made this hilarious statement during the press conference. Of course, needless to say, there were no sexual intentions involved there!


21. Outspoken cricketer Farokh Engineer made news in 2016 when rumours of his death started doing the rounds. However, the man himself cleared the air in the wittiest of fashions by saying this:


22. It has been 16 years since Bangladesh gained Test status. However, the number of games they get to play is not significant at all. This reality recently came to the fore with a befitting example, when Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim compared his 48 Test caps with his English counterpart Alastair Cook s 134 during the recently concluded series. Interestingly, Rahim debuted before Cook. Another food for thought for ICC?


23. Hampshire s left-arm pacer James Tomlinson retired from First-Class cricket this year. Retirement of a First-Class player would never make news, of course unless there was something interesting about it. Tomlinson bowed out with a hilarious retirement statement, perhaps one the best ever, by comparing himself to an ‘old dog with half a leg missing and an ear hanging off’.


He thanked almost everyone and everything that was a part of his journey, even the Dukes ball, but did not speak much about his own contribution. Modest chap, isn’t he?