• Quotes of the decade: ‘Tough being me’

    Very quotable quotes from 2010 to 2019.

    • 2010

    ‘No, I was just trying to smell it, how it is feeling.’ – Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi after biting the ball during an ODI in Australia.

    ‘It should be the Empire XI. They got any Poms in their side?’ – Former Australian captain Allan Border commented on the composition of England’s XI.

    • 2011

    ‘Everyone did well, other than Sreesanth.’ – Team-mate Virender Sehwag’s harsh criticism of seamer Shantha Sreesanth during the 2011 World Cup.

    ‘We know you can lose wickets in clusters, and we seem to have lost 10 there in a cluster.’ – England batsman Alastair Cook’ summation of defeat in an ODI in Kolkata.

    • 2012

    ‘It’s tough being me.’ – England’s Kevin Pietersen.

    ‘It hasn’t yet sunk in yet but I’ve definitely lost around 50 kilograms.’ – India’s Sachin Tendulkar finally scored a 100th century in international cricket.

    • 2013

    ‘I’m jealous of my parents. I’ll never have a kid as cool as theirs.’ – West Indian Chris Gayle.

    ‘They’d win the first four Tests and we’d try to nick one at the end when they were all drunk.’ – Former England captain Nasser Hussain recalled the rivalry with Australia in the Ashes series.

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    • 2014

    ‘I even learned English by the end of that series. You know how much the Australians like to talk on the field.’ – India’s Harbhajan Singh recalled a prolific 2001 series.

    ‘I have seen fewer hookers in Soho on a Saturday night.’ – the late Bob Willis commented on England’s poor shot selection during a Test at Lord’s.

    • 2015

    ‘Gym. Like dancing, holding hands, queuing. Overrated.’ – Australia’s Shane Warne.

    ‘Personally I feel I use a bit too much of my brain in this format.’ – Indian Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s approach to T20 cricket.

    • 2016

    ‘I would probably end up in the crowd, but I’m not sure.’ – Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s celebrations of wickets is, indeed, lengthy.

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    ‘Rain, rain, go away! We have 10 percent of our 2016 matches to play today.’ – Netherlands captain Peter Borren was cheeky about the small number of international matches associate nations play.

    • 2017

    ‘I don’t know Jonny Bairstow, but he says hello to people very differently to most others.’ – Australian Cameron Bancroft after that headbutt.

    ‘He reminds me of a newly born giraffe.’ – Australian Matthew Hayden commented on Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma.

    • 2018

    ‘The Aussie way is to look a bloke in the eye, look your sister or your mum in the eyes, and tell them the truth and be happy to get some truth back, so that’s elite honesty.’ – Australian coach Justin Langer.

    ‘I know the dimensions of his arse from seeing it in close range, wicketkeeping behind him for hour after hour after hour.’ – Australian Adam Gilchrist chatted about keeping wicket when Tendulkar was batting.

    • 2019

    ‘I think one six went 122 metres. You don’t go that far on your holidays.’ – Commentator Mark Butcher talked about Gayle’s big sixes.

    ‘That was the best kiss I’ve ever had. – England all-rounder Ben Stokes spoke about celebrations with tail-ender Jack Leach after the third Ashes series Test earlier this year.

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