Arthur’s poser, and other memorable quotes from the Champions Trophy
The opening weekend of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 produced some high-quality cricket. There was also plenty of interesting stuff spoken about and around the marquee event and here’s our pick of some of the more memorable quotes.
“I'd love to get my hands on it, it feels good in my hands actually, to be honest with you. I'd love to take that home one day.”
AB de Villiers (Friday, June 2) makes no secret of his strong desire to take home the Champions Trophy silverware on the eve of South Africa's first game of the tournament, against Sri Lanka.
“Hopefully not too many half-volleys (as a birthday present). He doesn't need any. He's scoring plenty of runs."
Kane Williamson (Thursday, June 1) wants his bowlers to refrain from making Steve Smith’s job easy on his birthday.
“The lesson from today is that 300 is not enough. If we don't bowl to our plans, even 400 is not enough.”
Tamim Iqbal (Thursday, June 1) after England easily chased down Bangladesh's 305 for 6 to which the opener himself contributed a measured 128.
“It's been a great challenge for our batters. It's always nice facing those kinds of guys and being challenged. Everyone's a little bit quicker in the nets as well. So when you get out in the middle, things seem a little bit easier, and hopefully it shows when we bat tomorrow.”
Steve Smith (Thursday, June 1) on facing his Australian fast bowlers in the nets.
“By talking to someone like Hashim Amla, you learn a lot of things. I've talked to a couple of Indian cricketers as well. I've spoken to Sachin (Tendulkar) in the past; the way he speaks, if you get one or two things from him, that might help you to become a better cricketer because he has done it so often. I'd love to talk to Virat (Kohli) as well if I get an opportunity because he's the master of converting starts to big ones."
Tamim Iqbal (Thursday, June 1) talks about seeking counsel from the best in the batting business to better his own game.
"All of us can talk. But there are two exceptional cricketers: Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble. They're responsible cricketers. They know what they're doing.”
Sourav Ganguly (Friday, June 2) expresses confidence in the India coach and the captain amidst reports of a rift between the duo.
“It's priceless to have his thoughts and views on different situations. The things that he picks up are really small, but they make a massive difference in the course of the game or tournament. Identifying who is probably in a better mindset to do a certain job is something that he's always been a master at, and I keep seeking his advice every now and then."
Virat Kohli (Saturday, June 3) heaps rich praise on MS Dhoni, the former captain who continues to chip in with invaluable inputs.
"He gets more flustered on what to wear on a dinner date with his missus than he does on the field."
Trent Boult (Sunday, June 4) sheds light on what fazes Kane Williamson, but it might be of little use to oppositions.
“How long is a piece of string? I don't know. We're trying every day. Every time we go down to training, we try and get the basics right. We didn't do it today.”
Coach Mickey Arthur (Sunday, June 4) is in an irritable mood after Pakistan’s big loss to India.
“I know they were pretty fiery in the nets today. I copped quite a few short ones, maybe they are listening, which is good.”
Steve Smith (Sunday, June 4) cops it from the Australian bowlers in the nets, presumably in response to his remark about their performance against New Zealand being the ‘worst bowling performance in a very long time’.
“He’s an amazing player and a great asset for us. And not just on the field but off the field. He’s a great human being. I’m so very happy for him, all the runs he’s scoring, hopefully we have many more years of it."
AB de Villiers (Saturday, June 3) can’t Hashim Amla enough following the opener’s measured 103 against Sri Lanka.