“Well, all cricket invites attention.”
“No dream is ever chased alone.”
— Rahul Dravid.
“The strong tipping culture in America can be unsettling for outsiders, but you see the sense of it after a while. It really is a ‘performance incentive scheme’ for their staff. Basic salary is average; but if you serve your customers well, make them happy, you take home a good salary.”
“One-day cricket is an exhibition. Test cricket is an examination.”
“Youngsters watching the IPL might give up on idle or dosa for breakfast. Just eat Uthappa, and you might smash them a long way.”
“The husband’s condition at home is like an air-conditioner. How much ever noise outside, inside the house, cool, silent and remote-controlled.”
What he said:
“In the past five or six years we’ve just done it like a Chinese parliament.”
Tim Bresnan, former England seamer, reacts to his appointment as vice-captain of Yorkshire’s country cricket side.
Yorkshire have not had a deputy leader for a few seasons now.
“Gary phoned me and said, ‘I’ve got to ask you something, mate, would you be vice-captain for me?’
And I was like, ‘Yes, I’m over the moon’.
It was a bit of a shock because we haven’t really named one over the past few years; it just came out of the blue.
I never even thought that Gaz would be having one.
It does make sense, though, if he gets called up for internationals.
I’m immensely proud, and it will be great to work with him and Galey. I’ll just do whatever is required of me.
Pretty much everyone in the team is in the senior leadership group as it is.
In the past five or six years, we’ve basically just done it like a Chinese parliament.
We’ve talked through anything that was going wrong and how we were going to improve as a collective, and we’ve done everything as a group really.
There’s never been any sort of group within that which has sat down separately to discuss things.”
What he really meant:
“Yes, we ran the side based on consensual authority with collective responsibility. That’s how Parliament works, doesn’t it? And we had no real opposition, hence, we’re obviously Chinese.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I guess I’m Mike Pence to Yorkshire’s Ballance. That Trumps it all, doesn’t it?”
“I remember telling Rahul many years ago, `Rahul, do any thing, don’t marry a fan’. You must have someone who’ll tell you when you are doing something wrong. That you were arrogant that day. You were insensitive that day. But if you marry a fan, who’s going to tell you that? “
“When it comes to Test cricket, like the purity of its concept, what is also needed is purity of skill. Hence, a pure batsman or a pure bowler is precious, because he has focused on only one skill all his life, so he is very good at it.”
“Those that shatter glass ceilings have to put up with multiple indignities along the way, and any softness or weakness will be pounced upon.”