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    Cricket Quotes


    What are the main essentials of wicket-keeping? Really, There are two - an ability to sight the ball early and then to catch it, whether it comes from a delivery, a hit, or a throw-in.
    Alan Knott
    Book: Stumpers's View

    Charisma seems to me a limited asset to a captain.
    Mike Brearley
    Book: The Art of Captaincy

    All cricketers are cricketers, none the less so for not being 'first-class, which is no more than a statistical distinction.
    John Arlott

    Test Cricket is not a light-hearted business, especially that between England and Australia.
    Sir Donald Bradman

    Collectively and individually fielding is largely a matter of thoughts and discipline.
    I. A. R. Peebles

    Frequently the assertion is made that wicket keepers are born and not made. Yet anyone with average ball sense can make a fair job of it if he is prepared to work hard.
    Alan Knott
    Book: Stumpers's View

    Every cricketer knows that in the early stages of a batsman's innings i.e. before he gets his eye in -- luck plays an important part.
    W.G. Grace

    A true batsman should in most of his strokes tell the truth about himself.
    Sir Neville Cardus

    The great thing in hitting is, not to be half-hearted about it; but when you make up your mind to hit, to do it as if the whole match depended upon that particular stroke.
    W. G. Grace

    No professional drunkard has ever made a great professional cricketer, nor ever will.
    Book: Jerks in from Short Leg

    Don't practise on opponent's ground before match begins. This can only give them confidence.
    Sir J. M. Barrie
    Book: Allahakbarries C.C

    Coaching which is good, simply sharpens up a player, as wide travel and experience will.
    A.E. Knight
    Book: The Complete Cricketer

    Coaching is often very necessary, but great care mjust be taken not to curb a young player's natural shots, which are often his chief scoring strokes.
    Leslie Ames
    Book: Close of Play

    I should like to say that good batsman are born, not made; but my long experience comes up before me, and tells me that it is not so.
    W.G. Grace
    Book: Cricket

    In the game of cricket it has always been customary to accord more adulation to batsman than to bowlers.
    I.A.R. Peebles
    Book: Talking of Cricket

    Of the many facets presented by the game of cricket, most men will agree that batting is the one most distinctly enjoyable and instinctinvely delightful.
    A.E. Knight
    Book: The Complete Cricketer

    It is as well for us to remember when we are watching the best batsmen that, however easy it may all look, they do not achieve their success without toil and sweat, and that there are times even with the greatest when they must seem to themselves, as we humble performers so frequently seem to ourselves, to be batting with a broomstick, with a barn door for a wicket.
    E.W. Swanton
    Book: Denis Compton: A Cricket Sketch

    Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is caled a team game but, in fact, no one is so lonely as a batsamanfacing a bowler supported by ten fiedsmen and observedby two umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpnishied.
    John Arlott
    Book: An Eye for Cricket

    A run is more difficult to make than no save, because batting is in its nature a far less certain and reliable thing than bowling and fielding.
    K.S. Rangitsinhji
    Book: The Jubilee Book of Cricket

    I do not believe so implicitly, as some cricketers and writers upon cricket do, in watching the bowler's hand.I prefer to watch the ball, and not anticipate events.
    W.G. Grace

    I feel loosening exercises are a tremendous help to me in taking diving catches, especially the stretching ones for my shoulders and arms.
    Alan Knott
    Book: Stumper's View

    It is impossible for forward play to be quite as safe as back play, because there must be a moment when the ball is out of sight.
    K.S. Ranjitsinhji

    Any fool can play forward, but it is only the good player who can score off forceful back strokes.
    A.C. Maclarn
    Book: The Young Batsman in The Cricketer

    The hardest testsin batting are play fast bowling on a fiery wicket and spin bowloing on a sticky one.
    Sir Pelham Warner

    A missed chance must not be allowed to affect your performance. Once it has gone nothing can be done about it. Despondency canbe transmitted to the rest of the side and your 'keeping could be below par for the rest of the innings. So if you make an error, pick the ball up quickly and return it to the the bowler or close fielder as though nothing had happened.
    Alat Knott
    Book: Stumper's View

    A batsman who cannot make runs on turf after rain and sun and sind is only half a batsman.
    E.H.D. Sewell
    Book: Well Hit Sir

    Cricket, however, has more in it than mere efficiency. There is something called the spirit of cricket, which cannot be defined.
    Lord Tennyson
    Book: Sticky Wickets

    Cricket has got to have the courage of its own aristocracy.
    Dudley Carew
    Book: To The Wicket

    Reading poetry and watching cricket were the sum of my world, and the two are not so far apart as many aesthetes might believe.
    Don Bradman

    Sachin Tendular is the hardest batsman I've ever had to bowl to because he judges the lenght a lot quicker than anyone else.
    Shane Warne

    During my 21 years of play cricket, I have never been approached by anyone or being offered a bribe.
    Imran Khan

    Cricket is a pressure game, and when it comes to India-Pakistan match the pressure is doubled.
    Imran Khan

    I bowl my best when I am fittest and the best way to get fit is to bowl. That's how you get your rhythm. You cannot really find a rhythm by bowling in the nets.
    Brett Lee

    Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up. I have trials as soccer player ... but it was cricket which became my choosen profession.
    Ian Botham

    Cricket was my reason for living.
    Herald Larwood

    The cricket player is not an actor on a stage, merely a personality to be lost in the creation of poet's brain or a playwright's mind, he is himself the poet and the playwright.
    A.E. Knight
    Book: The Complete Cricketer

    A cricketer's life is a life of splendid freedom, healthy effort, endless variety, and delightful good fellowship.
    W.G. Grace

    It always surprises me that some people think a world cricketer should give 100 per cent of his effort and concentration every minute he is playing cricket, and then not relax and enjoy himself after. They seem to have strange ideas about how curfews and conferences and controls should fill his time between play. But if a cricketer does not learn early in his life which things do him good and which are bad for his cricket, and for him, then he does not belong in a world-class team.
    Sir Garfield Sobers

    It does not always follow that a player's behaviour on the field is a true index of his character off it.
    Alan Gibson

    It is not altogether an advantage when a side becomes heavily dependent on one man, however gifted. If he succeeds, heinspires his fellows beyond their normal abilities; but if he fails, he is apt to depress them far below what they can really do.
    Alan Gibson

    Figures are not entirely conclusive especially short-term figures, but it is difficult to avoid their significance if a man produces them year after year against every type of opponent and under all conceivable conditions.
    Sir Donald Bradman
    Book: Farewell to Cricket

    I have known cricketers who stood head and shoulder above everyone else at net practice, but rarely were able to do themselves justice in a match. Their mental approach to the game was unequal to their natural physical talents.
    Sir Leonard Hutton
    Book: Just My Story