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Even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh won't be able to improve things as there are proxies running the system.

Former India player Kirti Azad is highly critical of the bureaucratic practices in the DDCA

Dec 31, 2009 Tweet | Share

Generally when you find bushes of grass on a pitch it is clearly evident it would behave uneven.

Former Sri Lanka player Russel Arnold exaggerates to make his point about the unsafe Kotla pitch

Dec 27, 2009 Tweet | Share

The sad thing is, I'm not sure whether the Sri Lankan board knows I'm completing 20 years today.

Sanath Jayasuriya hints at Sri Lanka Cricket's apathy towards a significant moment in his career

Dec 26, 2009 Tweet | Share

You asked me earlier if I catch fish - maybe I might use him [Shane Watson] as a bait to catch a fish... He's soft. He only looks big and strong, but he's soft.

Chris Gayle responds to Watson's claim that the West Indies captain baited him into celebrating inappropriately and earning a fine

Dec 24, 2009 Tweet | Share

I would take an oath and swear on my children's lives that I saw Ravi Bopara using his nails on the ball to help it swing.

The outspoken Central Districts coach Dermot Reeve accuses the England import of ball-tampering following their defeat to Auckland in a one-day match

Dec 22, 2009 Tweet | Share

They slapped two fellas on the wrist and they killed the other fella

Joel Garner is upset the same punishment was not meted out to all three involved in the WACA mid-pitch fracas

Dec 20, 2009 Tweet | Share

It's almost like when you get meat and bash it with a mallet to soften it down, that's what happened.

Australian team physio Alex Kountouris gives vegetarians quite a turn with his description of Ricky Ponting's injured elbow

Dec 18, 2009 Tweet | Share

I was actually supporting Sri Lanka. My superstition is that whenever I support India, we lose. So I was supporting Sri Lanka.

It wasn't the yorkers from Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan, but Virender Sehwag's shrewd ploy that made Sri Lanka lose the plot and fall three short of India's 414 in Rajkot

Dec 15, 2009 Tweet | Share

At the moment when [Nathan] Hauritz is bowling to me, it's like I'm bowling to myself.

Chris Gayle deals Australia's lead spinner a low blow

Dec 14, 2009 Tweet | Share

The way they are going about it, despite the cold weather I doubt if they will be able to catch a cold.

Sunil Gavaskar takes a shot at India after the fourth dropped catch in the Twenty20 against Sri Lanka

Dec 12, 2009 Tweet | Share

I've never had a hat-trick at any level of cricket. I told everyone that. Straussy got everyone round the bat. I was desperate for it. It actually hurt. I was gutted.

Graeme Swann took three wickets in four balls but missed a hat-trick during the tour game in East London

Dec 11, 2009 Tweet | Share

Yes, because both sides have such bad batsmen. That's my honest opinion, they're useless.

Napier curator Phil Stoyanoff on why he thought the pitch would produce a result in the third Test. Stephen Hill, NZC's public affairs manager, said he hoped the comments would be used "in context and with restraint".

Dec 11, 2009 Tweet | Share

The reality of life is that we have to up our game, because our competitors have upped their game. Cricket has gone from something that was as dull as ditchwater to something that is competition for F1.

Formula One team boss Nick Fry on how F1 is being challenged by cricket

Dec 10, 2009 Tweet | Share

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to breathe the same air as you do

Kolkata franchise owner and film actor Shahrukh Khan makes script and tribute writers around the world cringe with his over-the-top sentiments about Sachin Tendulkar

Dec 10, 2009 Tweet | Share

Dysfunctional sides at times make the best sides

Daniel Vettori looks at the bright side of a reported scuffle between Mohammad Aamer and Umar Gul

Dec 10, 2009 Tweet | Share

In the dressing room they told me I was hitting the good balls too, but if you look at it my way I hit only the bad ones.

Virender Sehwag redefines bad balls

Dec 6, 2009 Tweet | Share

It's like a cricket match. You don't know the score and it takes a long time, but it does end, and there is a winner.

US representative Ron Kirk, speaking at a World Trade Organization summit in Geneva, sums up the Doha Round

Dec 5, 2009 Tweet | Share

Do you think Andrew Hilditch would have done that?

Sunil Gavaskar to Brad Hogg, watching Kris Srikkanth, India's chairman of selectors, whistle in approval of Virender Sehwag's century

Dec 3, 2009 Tweet | Share

Yesterday is history - his story. Tomorrow is mystery - my story

Sreesanth reveals his new thought process

Dec 2, 2009 Tweet | Share

I like to be loud and obnoxious. I think that's just me and my profile: 'Doug's loud and obnoxious'.

Doug Bollinger is proud of the noise and fuss he brings to the Australian team

Dec 1, 2009 Tweet | Share

Cricketers use protection when playing the game and it's the same in life as well

Virender Sehwag with an important message on World Aids Day

Dec 1, 2009 Tweet | Share

I am the batsman with the least talent in the team

A modest Gautam Gambhir does not believe anyone in the Indian dressing room enjoys watching him bat

Dec 1, 2009 Tweet | Share

Just rerun the tapes mate

Shane Bond gets philosophical when talking about yet another injury. Since his debut in 2001, he has played just 18 Tests

Dec 1, 2009 Tweet | Share

Not me. I would have never done that. It's not my job.

Waqar Younis confesses on air as he sees Umar Gul dive full length at mid-off to save a boundary

Nov 27, 2009 Tweet | Share

I must be one of the most misunderstood cricketers in the world.

Sreesanth explains why he has been involved in so many controversies over the past two years

Nov 26, 2009 Tweet | Share

I'm quite proud of what he has done. He has made a big move over there. But once we get out there, we are not mates.

Mitchell Johnson on his former house-mate Brendan Nash, who will be lining up for the West Indies in the first Test

Nov 23, 2009 Tweet | Share

I've been calling Clarkey 'Daryll'. He's my new bunny.'

Shane Warne's sledging hasn't lost its edge. His target this time was Michael Clarke, ahead of a Twenty20 match at the Gabba

Nov 22, 2009 Tweet | Share

The other day, he was yelping around in training and we were saying 'come on Jacques - stop being a wuss' and 'man up!' But the poor guy had a fractured rib

Mickey Arthur reveals the South Africans didn't offer much sympathy before finding out the seriousness of Jacques Kallis' injury

Nov 21, 2009 Tweet | Share

A lot has been said, but not by me.

Andrew Strauss refuses to get drawn into a war of words with the South Africans

Nov 20, 2009 Tweet | Share

His Ashes form showed that he could do it at the top of the order. We'll continue to review what his role is in the side.

Andrew Hilditch rates Shane Watson

Nov 20, 2009 Tweet | Share

There was 'Hello Trotty' and 'How are you, Trotty?'. I saw one of our quick bowlers having lunch with him a couple of days before a game."

South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has a problem with his players getting too friendly with their old mate Jonathan Trott

Nov 19, 2009 Tweet | Share

They should make Kapil a judge on Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Atherton on Kapil Dev's comments about Sachin Tendulkar not making full use of his talent

Nov 19, 2009 Tweet | Share

If it happens that I don't play cricket again I can walk away knowing I've given it my best.

Brett Lee wonders what the future holds as his elbow problem continues

Nov 17, 2009 Tweet | Share

This is the hardest work I have ever done. If I had trained as hard as I do now for my cricket, I would have been a much better cricketer.

Phil Tufnell on rehearsing for his big day on reality show Strictly Come Dancing

Nov 14, 2009 Tweet | Share

We need to give our fans Elvis not Val Doonican in a cardigan, pipe and slippers.

Somerset chairman Andy Nash on the need to popularise the game to draw in a new audience

Nov 13, 2009 Tweet | Share

It is greed, greed, greed. That is what will kill the game, the greed of the authorities.

Twenty20 really does stick in Ian Botham's craw, doesn't it?

Nov 13, 2009 Tweet | Share

I truly believe he is the greatest cricketer ever.

Don Bradman? Garry Sobers? Nope. Kevin Pietersen is talking about Jacques Kallis

Nov 12, 2009 Tweet | Share

Until you have that really good world-class allrounder in your team, balance becomes really difficult. Shane gives us great balance.

Ricky Ponting is pleased with the development of Shane Watson

Nov 12, 2009 Tweet | Share

There are a good number of marriage offers. I've lost count of the number.

World No. 1 ODI allrounder and Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is also the country's most eligible bachelor

Nov 11, 2009 Tweet | Share

When you've seen anyone from bloody Merv Hughes to Chris Cairns or somebody who has fired a ball down and it's just missed the outside edge and the camera's on him, well, Stevie Wonder can tell what he's saying.

Billy Birmingham, aka the Twelfth Man, on how profanities are an unmistakeable part of cricket

Nov 10, 2009 Tweet | Share

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    Ronchi's blitz, and remarkable ODI recoveries

Ask Steven: Also, the fastest ODI 150s, and the highest Test totals without a half-century

    Penalty runs the best punishment for slow over rates

Ashley Mallett: Fines and suspensions have had no effect. Awarding the opposition runs for every over a team falls short in a Test innings will definitely bite harder

    Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

David Hopps: KP's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

    How to construct an ODI chase

Michael Bevan: Focus on targets smaller than winning the match, and back your tailenders to deliver for you

The many crickets of an Indian boyhood

Sankaran Krishna: Growing up in India, you play a number of varieties of the game, each developing a certain skill

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Kohli at No. 4 - defensive or practical?

It seems Virat Kohli is to not bat before the 12th or 13th over to strengthen the middle and the lower middle order. It suggests a lack of confidence in what was supposed to be India's strength in their title defence: their batting

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Off-stump blues leave Dhawan flailing

The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

On TV it looks uglier than it actually is

Often reasonable arguments on the field look nasty beyond the boundary and on camera

'Teams can't have set formula' - Dravid

In the first episode of Contenders, a special ten-part buildup to the 2015 World Cup, Rahul Dravid and Graeme Smith discuss the impact of local conditions on team compositions and the issues surrounding the format of the tournament

News | Features Last 7 days

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