Is that Ranatunga? Strewth, he's not missed many lunches has he?
Sky Sports' David Lloyd as the camera turns on a rather portly looking Arjuna Ranatunga in the stands at Kandy
Dec 10, 2007 |
I tried to spin the ball one way and it went the other way. But it's a special wicket."
Muttiah Muralitharan admits his record-breaking dismissal of Paul Collingwood didn't quite go to plan
Dec 9, 2007 |
Muppets? They're clowns as well.
Mark Waugh doesn't think much of the Sri Lanka selectors' decision to leave out strike bowler Lasith Malinga in the first Test
Nov 15, 2007 |
Bayliss kermitted to keeping Atapattu.
A cheeky headline on Fox Sports, about how Trevor Bayliss still wants Marvan Atapattu in the side following his "muppets" comment
Nov 10, 2007 |
Don't worry about two years of not playing Test cricket - I hadn't held a bat for three months before I came here.
Marvan Atapattu reflects on his batting ahead of the Australian barrage
Nov 4, 2007 |
I don't really care if Malinga is outdoing me on the hair stakes, as long as I outdo him for wickets - that is all that really matters.
Ryan Sidebottom insists he isn't going head-to-head with Lasith Malinga on the fashion front
Oct 14, 2007 |
Sri Lanka cricket at this moment of time is not going in the direction it should be going, especially with a set of muppets headed by a joker.
Marvan Atapattu endears himself to his selectors as Sri Lanka struggle against Australia in Brisbane
Oct 10, 2007 |
Murali has said he wanted to take 1000 Test wickets and he has every chance of getting there. If he does get there I don't think anyone else will catch him.
Shane Warne says it'll be next to impossible to beat Muttiah Muralitharan if he reaches Test 1000 wickets
Oct 8, 2007 |
He [Muttiah Muralitharan] should just think that when a dog bites, you don't go and bite the dog.
Arjuna Ranatunga, speaking to an Indian television channel, advises Muralitharan on dealing with Bishan Bedi
Aug 15, 2007 |
Murali will complete 1000 Test wickets, but they would count as mere run-outs in my eyes.
Bishan Bedi doesn't seem to tire of baiting Muttiah Muralitharan
Aug 6, 2007 |
I know the sport is huge here. I follow it myself."
Tennis world No. 1 Roger Federer after playing cricket at a shelter camp for tsunami refugees in Sri Lanka. Federer's mother is South African
Dec 24, 2006 |
We hope the white ball is clearer to see.
Stephen Fleming hopes for better fortunes in the one-dayers for his side, especially against Lasith Malinga, whose round-arm action with the red ball continues to baffle them
Dec 20, 2006 |
I am not Shane Warne or Muttiah Muralitharan, but what I can promise is that I will try my very best for England.
Monty Panesar looks to play down media expectations ahead of the Perth Test
Dec 11, 2006 |
What is he doing there? [Three seconds later] That's what he's doing there.
Ian Botham questions the logic of putting a deep cover boundary fielder out for Sanath Jayasuriya, who is caught a moment later ... at exactly that spot
Jun 16, 2006 |
You've got to make it tough. No freebies ... target him. Break a finger if you want. That'll stop him getting ten wickets
Nasser Hussain on how to bowl to Muttiah Muralitharan
Jun 5, 2006 |
Each country is entitled to its own way of doing things but to an Englishman this seems like the Queen, or her Prime Minister, giving orders.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins writing for the Times, is amazed to hear that Sanath Jayasuriya was recalled at the insistence of his country's president
May 22, 2006 |
The only way they'll get a wicket is if the ball hits a brick in the middle of the pitch ... it wouldn't frighten me mum, this bowling.
Geoff Boycott with his take on the Sri Lankan attack
May 21, 2006 |
It's a nightmare. Andrew Caddick's helicopter is not big enough to ferry us around and Sanath Jayasuriya is exhausted already.
Somerset's chief executive Peter Anderson fumes about the long trips his club is forced to undertake
May 28, 2005 |
Imagine if you got him on a triple word score in Scrabble.
David Lloyd, the Sky Sports commentator, thinks of a use for all five first names of Chaminda Vaas
May 12, 2005 |
If Muttiah Muralitharan can be allowed to bowl, nobody under the sun should be stopped from bowling for suspect action.
Former Indian offspinner Rajesh Chauhan says the ICC treated Harbhajan Singh unfairly
May 7, 2005 |
I don't need more awards ... I already have the world record.
Muttiah Muralitharan takes his exclusion from the ICC's World XI on the chin
Sep 7, 2004 |
He's no Javed Miandad ... We had already won on the penultimate ball.
Sourav Ganguly's reaction when asked if he thought Nuwan Zoysa would hit the last ball for a six and win the match for Sri Lanka
Jul 28, 2004 |
I hit my first batsman in the first game: Bradman Edirweera. First I hit him on the helmet and the next ball I had him caught.
Lasith Malinga started his career so promisingly that he even had Bradman in trouble
Jul 18, 2004 |
He turns round to Kaluwitharana and asks him what I'm bowling. Kalu says offspin. Border hits the next one, but he's not confident. He asks Dean Jones, the non-striker, what I'm doing, and he says legbreaks.
Muttiah Muralitharan recalls Allan Border's reaction on facing him for the first time, in 1992
Jul 10, 2004 |
We know that we worked hard and put in 100% effort [at Darwin]. We will put in 150% effort on Friday [at Cairns] and see what we can come up with.
Mahela Jayawardene's statement ahead of the second Test gives one an indication of what it takes to beat these Aussies
Jul 8, 2004 |
I was brought up to be wary of people who pick up their bat and go home. Muralitharan has played all these Tests and taken all these cheap wickets, like against the Zimbabwe 2nd XI, but now he is not fronting up when the going gets tough."
Dennis Lillee has his say after Murali announced his decision to skip the Australian tour
Jun 16, 2004 |
I think he should just grow up, get on with it and go out there and play."
Shane Warne has a say on the confusion over Muttiah Muralitharan touring Australia
Jun 11, 2004 |
Boy George would be considered straight at the University of Western Australia."
Kerry O'Keeffe on the controversial tests done on Muttiah Muralitharan
May 18, 2004 |
The Murali issue has blown out of proportion because of various remarks by various politicians.
Ehsan Mani responds to the Sri Lankan and Australian prime ministers' comments
May 9, 2004 |
That was the first legal delivery he bowled - that's my personal opinion.
Dion Ebrahim reacts to the orthodox legbreak he received from Muttiah Muralitharan on the first day at Bulawayo. He was handed a one-Test ban for his observation
May 7, 2004 |
Yes. They proved it in Perth, too, with that [biomechanics video] thing.
The Australian prime minister John Howard's reply when asked whether Muralitharan throws
May 6, 2004 |
It makes a joke of the game and it makes me sick talking about it. Everyone knows he bowls illegally.
Former Australia batsman Barry Jarman doesn't join the celebrations for Muttiah Muralitharan's world record. Jarman was the first ICC match referee to raise suspicions about Murali's action
May 1, 2004 |
He was bowling at three-quarter rat power. Murali's not a dill. He knows he's under scrutiny. They are filming him so he is going to do his best - and even with his best he still can't get it right. That shows there is something wrong with his action.
Former Test umpire Ross Emerson gives his views on the tests on Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action
Apr 17, 2004 |
Future generations will be hoodwinked into believing 'Muchichuckalot' was the best of them all. At best, his action is suspicious. At worst it belongs in a darts tournament.
Michael Parkinson doesn't beat about the bush when asked about Muttiah Muralitharan's action
Mar 26, 2004 |
Arjuna, he's probably slotting himself around at 150 kilos at the moment, is he? Swallowed a sheep or something like that."
Shane Warne hits back at his old foe Arjuna Ranatunga
Feb 17, 2004 |
Back in Australia, when he first got called, he bowled a few leggies after that. He must be able to bowl leggies as well. He's probably just chucking that one in - sorry - putting that one in as well.
Ricky Ponting talks to Sydney Morning Herald about Muralitharan's new delivery
Feb 14, 2004 |
Before I bowl, they [spectators] are calling 'no-ball' ... it's annoying if they call out every ball. It's okay once or twice, but not if you are going on and on about it.
Muttiah Muralitharan argues the case for quotas on taunting
Feb 12, 2004 |
Ashley Giles made a simple attempt at a top-edged hook by Mahela Jayawardene look like a Mr Bean Christmas special.
Peter Hayter despairs of England's fielding in Colombo in the Mail on Sunday
Dec 20, 2003 |
Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream / Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air / Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair ... No Ball!
The Barmy Army serenades Muttiah Muralitharan to the tune of "Row Row Row The Boat, Gently Down The Stream"
Dec 13, 2003 |
A ****ing cheat, a ****ing chucker"
Nasser Hussain's alleged welcome to Muttiah Muralitharan as he came out to bat at Kandy. Muralitharan reported the incident to the match referee, but no action was taken
Dec 10, 2003 |