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Mahendra Singh Dhoni: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Adelaide Oval

What he said:

“If he nicks and doesn’t walk it may be different, but apart from that he’s quite good.”

Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that Virender Sehwag’s hearing problems may return if he nicks a ball to the ‘keeper, but for now, he’s more than fine.

What he really meant:

“Sehwag’s hearing will be as non-existent as the use of snickometer (in this series) should he nick an edge.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I want Sehwag to sprint to the pavilion if he nicks one.”

Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


What he said:

“I want to do them and their family ill. I want to hunt them down and do them harm. That feeling doesn’t last long.”

Graeme Swann feels murderous when any of his teammates misfield off his bowling.

What he really meant:

“I’m a skinflint when it comes to leaking runs off my bowling and I expect my teammates to feel the same way too.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I was on the back-up team to hunt down Osama Bin Laden.”

Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


What he said:

“We could be collecting bins or laying bricks on a cold morning in England.”

Graeme Swann believes that young cricketers are too soft and do not appreciate the benefits and perks of earning their living from playing the game.

What he really meant:

“Most cricketers would hate an alternative career—given a choice.How lucky are we?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Cricket is a game played on cold winter mornings in England.”

Graeme Swann: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Graeme Swann

What he said:

“I don’t think I could still be the light-hearted, piss-taking guy if I was in a position of authority.”

Graeme Swann prefers not being in a position of responsibility. He did not apply for the job of England skipper because he’d rather have fun on and off the field.

What he really meant:

“You know when you’re skipper you have to be this diplomatic guy careful not to hurt anyone’s feelings.Well, that’s not me.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Being skipper is a bed of roses. You don’t have to take piss.”

Michael Vaughan: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


'Calling The Shots' By Michael Vaughan

What he said:

"I reckon you might [have had to] bat No.8 in this Indian team."

Michael Vaughan is convinced that Phil Tufnell could bat as high as No.8 in the current Indian Test team. Tufnell has a Test average of 5.10 and a highest score of 22.

What he really meant:

“It doesn’t matter what order the Indian tailenders turn up in, the end result would be the same.It might be a better idea to reverse the batting line-up. The bottom five might just last 20 overs with the new ball.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I wonder why Dhoni doesn’t do a Bedi and declare after the fall of the sixth wicket.”

Sreesanth: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Sreesanth at Adelaide Oval

What he said:

“Silence is the speech of the spiritual seeker. I am spiritual now.”

Shantakumara Sreesanth attributes his serene behaviour in the second Test at Trent Bridge to his newly discovered spirituality.

What he really meant:

“Sreesanth, the Peaceable, trumped Sreesanth, the Terrible.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m the new Dalai Lama.”

 

Damien Wright: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Damien Wright fielding at leg slip during a Co...

What he said:

“I used to love watching him as a kid because he had the same last name as me.”

Damien Wright kids you not. If you have the same last name as him, he will be your fan for life. Lucky for him, that’s a whole lot of Wrights. D is New Zealand’s bowling coach while J is the head coach.

What he really meant:

“John Wright was a classy bat and it helped no little bit that he had the very same surname.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I was offered the job because I had the same last name as John.”

Saurav Ganguly: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Sourav Ganguly at the opening of the mascot of...

What he said:

“They are offering me honorary membership, and rightly so.”

Saurav Ganguly is insouciant about being offered honorary membership by the Marleybone Cricket Club (MCC) despite the disapproving eyebrows raised by his fellow commentator Nasser Hussain and traditionalists for his shirt-ripping stunt a few years ago at Lords.

What he really meant:

“It’s not the old stuffy Lords anymore. These guys recognise South Asian cricketers nowadays. Ask Sunny Gavaskar, ask Kumara Sangakkara.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’ll accept the honour bare-chested.”

Darren Sammy: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Darren Sammy

What he said:

“I wanted to be a pastor. One of my favourite lines is, "The almighty never gives you more than you can bear." So I see it as: whatever comes my way I can face it.”

Darren Sammy can lead his West Indian flock with inspirational words and deeds.

What he really meant:

“I believe I can face quality pace bowling with a smile. After all, it is the West Indian way.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Let’s perform only on Sundays.”

Sunil Gavaskar: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Sunil Gavaskar on podcasting cricket

What he said:

“Somebody should tell them nobody from Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool has come to scout talent here.”

Sunil Gavaskar is not quite thrilled about Indian cricketers getting injured playing soccer rather than in the nets or on the field.

What he really meant:

“It’s the IPL, for Christ’s sake, not the EPL.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“They’re cricketers, they should just focus on cricket. In my heyday, I played tennis, badminton, TT and hockey with a cricket bat.”

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