Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is
called a team game but, in fact, no one is so lonely as a batsman
facing a bowler supported by ten fieldsmen and observed by two
umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpunished. John Arlott An Eye for Cricket.
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 Denis Compton: A Cricket Sketch.
In the game of cricket it has always been customary to accord
more adulation to batsman than to bowlers. I.A.R. Peebles Talking of Cricket.
Cricket is basically baseball on valium. Robin Williams
Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen. I want
everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation
of gentlemen. Robert Mugabe
A true batsman should in most of his strokes tell the truth
about himself. Neville Cardus
It (cricket) requires one to assume such indecent postures Oscar Wilde
Many Continentals think life is a game; the English think cricket
is a game. George Mikes
I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing that God
ever created on earth - certainly greater than sex, although
sex isn't too bad either. Harold Pinter
Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being ended
sooner. George Bernard Shaw
Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval
war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry
and base - in both senses - greed. John Fowles
Looking backward we could almost see, suspended with the most
delicate equipoise above the flat little island, the ghostly
shapes of those twin orbs of the Empire, the cricket ball and
the blackball. Patrick Leigh Fermor
I do love cricket - it's so very English. Sarah Bernhardt
Cricket, however, has more in it than mere efficiency. There
is something called the spirit of cricket, which cannot be defined. Lionel, Lord Tennyson Sticky Wickets.
Once again our cricketers have flattered to deceive in Australia. Ted Dexter
When I was playing the game we never had the benefit of TV or
video to analyse our techniques or look at faults, we depended
on other cricketers to watch us and then tell us what they thought
we were doing wrong. Geoffrey Boycott
The most famous cricketers are too big to play county cricket. Ian Botham
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
A cricketer's life is a life of splendid freedom, healthy effort,
endless variety, and delightful good fellowship. W.G. Grace
Cricket was my reason for living. Harald Larwood
Reading poetry and watching cricket were the sum of my world,
and the two are not so far apart as many aesthetes might believe.
Donald Bradman Often referred to as 'The Don'.
It's a fun day, a day which kicks off the start of our tour,
it's got great tradition - Australian cricketers just love tradition
- and it's been a really pleasant day. Matthew Hayden
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 batsman who cannot make runs on turf after rain and sun and
sind is only half a batsman. E.H.D. Sewell Well Hit Sir.
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 From his book, Cricket.
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
The hardest tests in batting are play fast bowling on a fiery
wicket and spin bowloing on a sticky one. Pelham 'Plum' Warner
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
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 Stumpers's View.
Collectively and individually fielding is largely a matter of
thoughts and discipline. I. A. R. Peebles
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
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 Stumpers's View.
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
Test Cricket is not a light-hearted business, especially that
between England and Australia. Donald Bradman Often referred to as 'The Don'.