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Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport contested by two teams, usually of eleven players each, which is played in over 100 countries.

Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.
Robert Mugabe


  • Of all the races in the Galaxy, only the English could possibly revive the memory of the most horrific wars ever to sunder the Universe and transform it into into what I'm afraid is generally regarded as an incomprehensibly dull and pointless game.
  • In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST, 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances R.I.P.
    N.B. - The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
    • Reginald Shirley Brooks, published in The Sporting Times (1882).
    • See wikipedia on The Ashes.
  • After years of patient study (and with cricket there can be no other kind), I have decided that there is nothing wrong with the game that the introduction of golf carts wouldn't fix in a hurry.
  • It is not true that the English invented cricket as a way of making all other human endeavours look interesting and lively; that was merely an unintended side effect. I don't wish to denigrate a sport that is enjoyed by millions, some of them awake and facing the right way, but it is an odd game.
What is human life but a game of cricket ?
3rd Duke of Dorchester
  • That cricket is going to stay in India there cannot be a shadow of a doubt; it has taken hold all over the country, and chokras can be seen playing in every village with any sort of old bat and ball that they can lay hands on. I should hope that it will do something to get over any racial antipathy; for instance, it must, I think, bring the several races together more and more, in a spirit of harmony that should be the spirit in which cricket is played. Unquestionably, it arouses excitement and enthusiasm, and extreme ambition that one's own side should succeed, bit it also ought to lead to friendliness, and that is what is needed in India. East will always be East, and West, West, but the crease is not a very broad line of demarcation – so narrow, indeed, that it ought to help bring about friendly relations.
  • I was brought up to believe that cricket is the most important activity in men's lives, the most important thread in the fabric of the cosmos.
  • Before we were old enough to practise at the nets with the Burslem men, we played most of our cricket on waste land that had been trampled flat by the clogs and boots of generations of miners.
  • The true charm of cricket and hunting is that they are still more or less sociable and universal—there's a place for every man who will come and take his part.
  • Cricket had plunged me into politics long before I was aware of it. When I did turn into politics I did not have too much to learn.
  • There is so much uncertainty in cricket. One day you can get a hundred, the next day you can be dismissed for a zero. It makes you become practical about things. Teaches you to accept both success and failure. I think I have learnt a lot about life from cricket.
    • Mahela Jayawardene Quoted in S. Dinakar, "I have learnt a lot about life from cricket," Sport Star, vol. 24, no. 38
  • When's the game itself going to begin?
    • Groucho Marx, watching a match at Lord's, attributed in Colin Jarman, The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
  • Cricket civilises people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen.
    • Robert Mugabe, attributed in Helen Exley, Cricket Quotations (1992)
  • In spite of recent jazzed-up one-day matches, cricket to be fully appreciated demands leisure, some sunny warm days and an understanding of its finer points.
  • Cricket is not so much a game as an extension of being English: a gallimaufry of paradoxes, contradictions, frightening logic and sheer impossibilities, of gentle courtesy and rough violence.
  • Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.
    • George Bernard Shaw, attributed in Colin Jarman, The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).


Sledging is the practice in cricket of insulting opponents to break their concentration and cause them to make mistakes. The aim is to intimidate or distract the batsman into making a fatal mistake and being dismissed. There is debate in the cricketing world over whether this is poor sportsmanship or good-humoured banter.

  • I think sledging is healthy for the game. I don't really call it sledging -- at the end of the day it is gamesmanship. What you are trying to do is put the opposition off their game.
  • Sledgers try and put you off but the way I look at it, people who sledge probably aren't at the top of their game so they have to try and use underhand methods to put you off your stride.
  • Sledging is not required in cricket. It's not good for the game, cricket is a gentleman's game, not a contact sport. We don't see why there should be any abusive language at all.
    • Niranjan Shah of the BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) thinks that it should be abolished.
    • India board proposes sledging ban (2008-02-14). Retrieved on 2008-02-15.
  • I think once it broaches personal issues and once it sort of supersedes your moral boundaries of what language is tolerable, and also when it sort of gets a bit mundane and boring to the point of just going on all the time.

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