Quotes of the year December 25, 2015

'He's got all these expensive watches but can't be on time'

Compiled by Kanishkaa Balachandran
What they said about hairstyles, coaches, match tickets and more

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"It kind of felt like I was the library in a theme park."
Kane Williamson, on being at the non-striker's end during Brendon McCullum's whirlwind 134-ball 195 against Sri Lanka in Christchurch

"I'm very proud of my fitness record. Jimmy Anderson told me to drink a glass of cement to toughen up."
Alastair Cook, who hasn't missed a Test since 2006, plays down injury concerns ahead of the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah

"It's the sort of score you expect to see at the Under-9s on the village green."
Ian Botham comments on Australia crashing to 60 on the opening day at Trent Bridge

"I've made fun of the fact that he's got all these expensive watches but can't be on time."
Mahela Jayawardene comments on Kumar Sangakkara's habit of routinely showing up late

"It was a bit confusing with the tickets - they all said Hamilton on them so I kept picking up everyone else's thinking it was mine."
Hamilton Masakadza on travelling to a place with the same name as his own

"Holy f*****g shitballs this is the best day of my life."
New Zealand allrounder Jimmy Neesham isn't disappointed about being dropped from the side for the World Cup after his replacement, Grant Elliott, takes the team to their maiden final

"I deleted the Twitter app on my phone for a couple of days afterwards. I didn't want to read any of the keyboard warriors."
Ben Stokes on his embarrassing run out at Lord's

"I just want to sit in my room and feel sad for a while."
AB de Villiers needs a hug after South Africa's huge loss to India in the World Cup

"Are you putting money on bet.com or something?"
MS Dhoni gets suspicious when asked if India were going to be prepared to face Australia in the semi-final of the World Cup

"Another 20 days and you can apply for citizenship."
More MS Dhoni. This time, he sums up India's four-month long stay in Australia

"He's still living off the fact that he coached a team that anyone, even my dog Jerry, could have coached to world domination."
Michael Clarke slams former coach John Buchanan, in response to the latter's criticism of his captaincy

"Gym. Like dancing, holding hands, queueing. Overrated."
After dismissing the value of coaches, Shane Warne goes after gyms

"I've gone on my knees and begged him not to retire."
Angelo Mathews tries to convince Kumar Sangakkara to stay on

"You're always going to be criticised to a degree. Some people didn't like Mother Teresa as well."
Brendon McCullum is not losing sleep over what his team's critics have to say

"I don't know what has happened. Whether it is my face, I don't know. I'm happy that my wife likes my face."
Ashish Nehra is not sure why he has not heard from India's selectors in years

"We have gone into this theory of three seamers and one spinner the moment we sit on an aircraft which travels more than seven hours."
Anil Kumble feels India's bowling composition in overseas Tests is too rigid

"If there is no counter, what can we do? Can we kidnap him?"
R Ashwin, when asked about India's plans for Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman, the star of Bangladesh's one-day series win over India

"He seemed to have used copious amounts more red wine."
Jos Buttler reflects on how modern preparation for a Test match differs from what Ian Botham did

"I think I've taken some abuse about my hair. Funnily enough, it doesn't influence the bowling at all. So, I guess, shut up."
Dale Steyn on the attention on his headband and new hairstyle, shortly after picking up his 400th Test wicket

"He's only just turned up, let's not give him too much credit."
Alastair Cook jokes about the impact of England's new coach Trevor Bayliss after clinching the Ashes at Trent Bridge

"Getting a hundred in 31 balls was unheard of. I took 31 balls to get off the mark."
Sunil Gavaskar marvels at how batting has changed in the modern one-day game

"The only thing that has changed is that I have got 40 grey hairs in my beard."
Virat Kohli on what's changed since he became India's Test captain

"Before the IPL, the girls who I used to message didn't care to reply. After the IPL, the same girls started messaging me every day. After that I stopped talking to them."
Shreyas Iyer, the 20-year-old Mumbai batsman, is introduced to the realities of becoming a well-known sportsperson