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'It's time we carried him on our shoulders'

Interesting one-liners churned out by players, past and present, on all that happened (and should have happened) at the World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 3, 2011

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Obama to Bradman, brothers, murders and a quote about a coat - here are some of the best quotes heard during the 2011 World Cup.

Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping has been under the spotlight, Pallekele, March 13, 2011
Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping didn't impress too many, least of all Geoffrey Boycott © AFP
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"He is the Obama of cricket."
Praveen Kumar makes it known there's no better man to captain India than MS Dhoni in the lead up to the World Cup
Feb 1, 2011

"We're going to a World Cup, and World Cups are incredible events. We've had an incredible 12 months, [winning would] cap off the most remarkable 12 months in English cricket history."
Kevin Pietersen could do with a vocabulary boost ahead of England's departure for the subcontinent
Feb 9, 2011

"If you want to irritate someone that should be the opposition and not your side."
MS Dhoni has a word of advice for Sreesanth ahead of the opening match between India and Bangladesh in Mirpur
Feb 18, 2011

"There's going to be a lot of sign language involved."
Andrew Strauss knows communicating with his team amid the noise during the India-England match in Bangalore will not be easy
Feb 26, 2011

"I could've stopped 'em better with my coat."
Geoffrey Boycott doesn't think highly of Kamran Akmal's wicketkeeping efforts after Pakistan's match against Sri Lanka in Colombo
Feb 27, 2011

"Stop whatever you're doing and turn on the England-Ireland match!"
Kevin O'Brien & Co get AB de Villiers to bark orders on Twitter
Mar 2, 2011

"I didn't last long enough to get sledged."
Ed Joyce, when asked if he was involved in any banter with his fellow Irishmen when previously playing for England
Mar 2, 2011

"It would be nice to get me and my brother up there, two very good-looking men."
Niall O'Brien doesn't think it would be a bad idea for Indian billboards to feature him and his sibling Kevin
Mar 3, 2011

MS Dhoni returns to a hero's welcome after steering India home, India v Sri Lanka, final, World Cup 2011, Mumbai, April 2, 2011
Obama-fied: MS Dhoni © Getty Images

"Some bookmakers had Ireland at 400-1 at one stage. I wish I'd not kept my money in pocket."
Ger O'Brien wishes he had bet on his brothers, Niall and Kevin, and their team-mates beating England in Bangalore
Mar 3, 2011

"We don't want to play Tests. We don't want to do anything. The World Cup is over for us. This is it."
An Ireland fan after his team thumped England in Bangalore
Mar 3, 2011

"I saw only two murders in the theatre, but ended up watching many more during the Ireland-England game."
Munaf Patel was watching Bollywood movie Saat Khoon Maaf (Forgive seven murders), but left midway to see Kevin O'Brien ambush England
Mar 4, 2011

"It's a bit confusing. I don't know, don't understand it much."
Yuvraj Singh reveals he is human, and doesn't understand the DRS
Mar 7, 2011

"If his batting was as good as Don Bradman's, he couldn't score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping."
Ian Chappell's pithy description of Kamran Akmal's glovework against New Zealand in Pallekele
Mar 8, 2011

"Currently sitting in a corner, rocking back and forth, having Indian nightmare. Poor bowlers, it's not fair."
Iain O'Brien sums it up on Twitter as he watches Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar wreak havoc against South Africa in Nagpur
Mar 12, 2011

"You don't play for the crowd, you play for the country."
MS Dhoni holds nothing back in his criticism of India's collapse in the batting Powerplay against South Africa
Mar 12, 2011

"You may put hybrid fuel in the car but the cylinder, the engine, everything, needs to be like that."
MS Dhoni's reply as to whether India needs a fielding coach
Mar 11, 2011

"It felt like playing football with both hands tied behind my back."
Graeme Swann on what it was like bowling with a dew-soaked ball against Bangladesh in Chittagong
Mar 14, 2011

"Following England in this World Cup is a bit like following Newcastle United - you never know what you're going to get. One minute we're beating South Africa, the next we're losing to Ireland and Bangladesh."
Graeme Swann sums up England's campaign
Mar 15, 2011

"Don't ask. Very irresponsible shot as captain. On a stage like that."
Shahid Afridi can smile about his daft slog after his team-mates steered Pakistan to victory against Australia
Mar 19, 2011

"I've been saying this for more than 21 years to Afridi. He has to learn."
Wasim Akram after Shahid Afridi was dismissed playing a daft slog in Pakistan's game against Australia
Mar 19, 2011

"It was the best ball of my cricket career. It was one of those moments in life you dream of. I wasn't sure how to celebrate."
Ravi Rampaul's perfect ball to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar in Chennai
Mar 20, 2011

"We hope you lose tomorrow, daddy. Then you can come home."
Paul Collingwood's daughters made it pretty clear how they would have liked England's must-win game against West Indies to pan out
Mar 21, 2011

"For the first time in my life there have been claps in a press conference. I am sure this is a special moment for me, guys."
Yuvraj Singh during the post-match press conference after the India-Australia quarter-final in Ahmedabad

March 24, 2011

Graeme Swann lost his temper as the dewy conditions played havoc with his grip, Bangladesh v England, Group B, World Cup, Chittagong, March 11, 2011
The dewy conditions in Bangladesh didn't go down too well with Graeme Swann © Getty Images

"I told Gautam: I am not Virender Sehwag, I can't run like that."
Yuvraj Singh on five minutes of brainless running which ended in Gautam Gambhir's run-out during the quarter-final against Australia
Mar 24, 2011

"Thankfully, I am six foot six, and I replaced Kane Williamson who, I think, is four foot six."
Jacob Oram has a dig at his team-mate while explaining his spectacular catch of Jacques Kallis at deep midwicket in the quarter-final
Mar 25, 2011

"The rave across the street has finished and my windows have stopped shaking but it seems they have moved the party into our hotel. If it's still going in a couple of hours I might stick a pair of jeans on and hit the dance floor."
It's not the Sri Lanka batsmen but a party that keeps James Anderson awake and tweeting ahead of England's quarter-final clash in Colombo
Mar 25, 2011

"The monkey's almost become a gorilla now and until we win an ICC event it's always going to be there I'm afraid."
Mickey Arthur admits the pressure is piling up on South Africa to break their World Cup jinx
Mar 31, 2011

"Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders."
Virat Kohli leads the Tendulkar tributes after India's World Cup triumph
Apr 2, 2011


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Posted by Bimal on (April 5, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

"U don't play 4 crowd, U play 4 country." Nice... I think Indian Team took that seriously.... which help them 2 win WC2011. After he hit that SIX to seal the cup... we can say that he could do that earlier too.. But, i think he was executing how 2 play 4 country & not 4 crowd..!!! G8 captain....!! we love 'em..!!!

Posted by Yenjie on (April 5, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

Except the "unflappable Atherton" was Nass.

Posted by Vijay Kumar on (April 5, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

I really like Dhoni's one-liners especially "You don't play for the crowd, you play for the country."

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

kohli said the best words of world cup and won the final feast........

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 5, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

I want to add one from Dhoni - Its not all over until the last over.

Posted by J Ranjith on (April 5, 2011, 0:31 GMT)

Now Obama has to prove if he is the Dhoni of the World. Seriously. And, Gorilla would soon turn out to be King Kong. Surely.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

Kohil is set once Tendulkar becomes the Chairman of Selectors

Posted by saqib on (April 4, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

rubbish! you missed the important one: "According to me, the most important thing for any team is winning. If we don't score a hundred and win the World Cup, then that is very good for us. If we score centuries and get knocked out of the tournament, then it's no use." -------Misbah-ul-Haq

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

what a briliant words just like da name virat...... but if these words comes frm dhoni dan it would be a gr8 impact.......

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

Kohli I always appreciate your spoken English...but what you said today...I think it's dialogue of my life...what a quote..I love the maturity in your batting...Now am fan of your eloquence too.........beauty of quote....great tribute to the God...

Posted by Hussain on (April 4, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

how is Waqar Younis' "The difference is one is dead." not in there? That was the funniest.

Posted by Ranga on (April 4, 2011, 18:16 GMT)

Good to see that SL players and supporters have been mute in front of CricInfo.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

One more quote worth mentioning here from the likes of Sanjay Manjerakar :- "Obviously Pakistan Selectors dont drop as often as Kamran Akmal does" .. An apt satire for his performance in Pak Vs Nz Group stage match ..

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 17:12 GMT)

I best Kohli's epic comment had been rehearsed quite sometime ago!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

what about Warne's prediction of India-England tie? :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 16:05 GMT)

kohli's quote was fabolous,just two sentence to describe the great man's contribution to the indian cricket team is just outstanding!!!

Posted by anil on (April 4, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

Kohli's quote was the perfect for the GOD of cricket......

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 15:29 GMT)

Kohli's tribute to Sachin was the best. That and the ones on Kamran's wicket-keeping.

Posted by Srikanth on (April 4, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

Guys you have missed one......."I am sorry for my nation, we tried our best" by Shahid Afridi after losing to India in semis.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

@venbas: Kohli's comments were to Nasser Hussain, not Mike Atherton.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

Kohli's quote was a wow..

Posted by nemish on (April 4, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

Virat's Quote was simply outstanding...brilliant..the others were also good but this stands out for me.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

MS Dhoni quote all the more relevant the way Sehwag and Sachin played.....

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 13:58 GMT)

MS Dhoni quote all the more relevant the way Sehwag and Sachin played.....

Posted by Ambayiramj on (April 4, 2011, 12:56 GMT)

As rightly said by Virat Kholi, Sachin has carried lot more pressures for the past 21 years, needless to say that he has played a match against australia in sharjah for qualifing match, still i remember that he has beaten australia in single handed and took INDIA to final. There was a time when Srikanth got out, most of the cricket lover switch to other tv channel, its same like Sachin got out. But, this world cup victory has given new hope even the top order fails to score.. Sachin is now free from all the pressure, he should be in Indian Team for atleast for another 4 years to bring the 2015 World Cup as well, JAI HO....

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

I think you have missed out this. This applies to life and philosophical....‎"Being in the present is a better option that thinking of the past or worrying about the future" - Dhoni

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

The best of Dhonism is for sure: "Till the full stop doesn't come, the sentence is not complete."

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

Stopping the ball with the coat was ultimate.......

Posted by Venkat on (April 4, 2011, 11:53 GMT)

The Kohli quote was a perfect reflection of the moment overcoming even the unflappable Ahterton on air when he blurted out "That was well put"

Posted by Sanjiv on (April 4, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

'You don't play for the crowd, you play for the country' by MS Dhoni will be quoted again and again in the years to come. Though Virat Kohli's on Tendulkar was equally graceful. Sanjiv Gupta, Perth, Australia

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 4, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Wow..Brilliant quotes...and soo many r funny tho...

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