IPL 2012 May 28, 2012

'Is it as mad as it looks?'

Carlyle Laurie
From hairstyles to stomach upsets, bibs to pre-match rituals - a look at the best quotes from the IPL season gone by

"Stress and carrying Shah Rukh Khan."
Brett Lee on why he was perspiring profusely despite not batting in the final May 27, 2012

"[At the end of the season] everyone was getting each other's signatures on their jerseys. I said I should get everyone's signature on my bib, since I wore it most of the time."
Tamim Iqbal on his failing to make Pune Warriors' playing XI in the IPL May 26, 2012

"When someone gets a stomach upset, it's because of the IPL. If someone gets an outside edge, it's because of the IPL."
Ravi Shastri feels there is a limit to the number and variety of things you can blame the IPL for May 26, 2012

"Chennai is like putting your head into an oven and turning it to 200 degrees and baking yourself."
Faf du Plessis on his experience of playing for Chennai Super Kings during an unforgiving Indian summer May 25, 2012

"The IPL is on but they [Pune Warriors] haven't kept me in the team and have sent me back. After returning to my village, I have started working out. After practising in the morning, I help my brothers in the farms."
Kamran Khan hasn't spent time with the squad this season May 24, 2012

"I don't see anyone with a hairstyle that is similar to mine."
Andre Russell knows what sets him apart from the rest this IPL May 14, 2012

"Earlier, the men wanted to be introduced to Preity; now, the women want to meet Shah Rukh."
Kolkata Knight Riders' Brett Lee, previously with Kings XI Punjab, has been part of teams owned by Bollywood stars May 14, 2012

"I sleep the whole day after breakfast to get in shape for the game."
Chris Gayle has a unique preparation routine May 12, 2012

"Take a single and give me the strike, I shall do the rest."
Dwayne Smith to RP Singh when Mumbai Indians needed 15 runs from four balls against Chennai Super Kings - a game Mumbai Indians won May 6

"Maybe I'll give my hair gel to him (Sourav Ganguly) cause I haven't used it in last 3 months."
Yuvraj Singh wants to do Sourav Ganguly a favour April 21, 2012

"Those who are questioning my action are evil ... If I was hit into the galleries, my action would never have been questioned."
Marlon Samuels, the West Indies and Pune Warriors allrounder, doesn't mince words about doubts over his bowling action April 20, 2012

"Zaheer is as good a doctor as he is a fast bowler."
Ishant Sharma says his senior team-mate's tips about training helped as much as his bowling advice Apr 19, 2012

"Chill, I'm fine. Don't be sad. Keep hitting them in the stands."
Tia Bhatia, 11, tells Chris Gayle, who visited her in hospital, after his six hit her on the nose at Chinnaswamy stadium. April 18, 2012

"We fielded like an Under-14s side. They are professional cricketers, they should be able to catch. They should be able to stop the ball going through their legs."
Darren Lehmann, Deccan Chargers' coach, says what he thought of his team's fielding against Rajasthan Royals

"Actually, I was named after you."
Sunil Narine gives Sunil Gavaskar a pleasant surprise, when told, "your dad named you well" April 15, 2012

"You've got world-class players who are sitting in England now wanting to play the IPL when you've got some second-rate Australians getting gigs here."
Aussie-baiting remains one of Kevin Pietersen's favourite pastimes April 12

"They ask me, 'Is it as mad as it looks?'"
Ross Tayloron what most of his countrymen ask him about the IPL Apr 13, 2012

"We have been strictly instructed by Preity [Zinta, Kings XI's owner] to go slow on serving the players any oily food, even if the cravings are intense."
A Kings XI's chef reveals the strategy to avoiding butter-fingered players April 8

Carlyle Laurie is a freelance journalist based in Mumbai