T20 World Cup 2021: 13 memorable quotes from players and coaches
This tournament has given us several defining moments and experiences that we will look back at for years to come.
The fantastic journey of the four-week T20 World Cup tournament has come to an end. 45 matches, 12,162 runs, and 526 wickets later, Australia has been crowned the champions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. However, our roller coaster ride of emotions doesn’t end here; this is just the beginning. This tournament has given us several defining moments and experiences that we will look back at for years to come.
Here we have rounded up ten memorable quotes from players and coaches of the T20 World Cup 2021 tournament that will live long in our memory:
1. Kyle Coetzer
“Really proud of Greaves; he had to sacrifice a lot. He was delivering parcels for Amazon not long ago, and now he’s getting the man of the match and playing against Bangladesh.”
— Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer on Chris Greaves, who smashed 45 and took the two key wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in a shock six-run win over Bangladesh.
2. Kieron Pollard
“It was unacceptable; we accept that. These sorts of games sometimes, we just need to bin it.”
— West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard after his team was dismissed for just 55 in a six-wicket loss to England.
3. Virat Kohli
“Attacking someone over their religion is the most pathetic thing that a human being can do.”
— India captain Virat Kohli after the team’s only Muslim player Mohammed Shami was viciously trolled on social media following the 10-wicket loss to arch-rivals Pakistan.
4. Quinton De Kock
“If me taking a knee helps to educate others and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.”
— South Africa’s Quinton de Kock apologizing after pulling out of the game against West Indies when their board ordered the team to make the anti-racism gesture. De Kock eventually apologized and returned to the team.
5. Craig Williams
“I think I’m the only person playing in the World Cup who goes home at night and does report writing for insurance companies back home.”
— Namibia’s Craig Williams on combining playing at the World Cup and catching up on his paperwork for his full-time job as a quantity surveyor.
6. Mickey Arthur
“I think we’ve allowed them wings to fly. Those seeds will start to turn into some pretty good flowers.”
— Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur on his team’s future.
7. Kieron Pollard
“It’s the end of a generation; we have some guys who have done good things for T20 cricket in our team and around the world.”
—West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard after the champions bowed out.
8. Chris Gayle
“I’ve shed blood, I’ve shed tears in West Indies cricket, you name it, one leg, one hand.”
— West Indies star Chris Gayle
9. Pierre De Bruyn
“Our culture is all about pride. It’s all about being selfless. It’s all about courage. And then the main one is all about inspiration. Those four pillars are the pillars that have kept us breathing for the last three years. Kept us going.”
— Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn
10. Mathew Hayden
“Dean’s closing words to me I can hear in my ears were ‘These are my boys. This is something I’m so passionate about’. He was just beautifully connected to Pakistan cricket. May he rest in peace now, knowing that fact that he’s left a legacy within this team, which will last not only this generation but generations to come.”
— Pakistan batting coach Matthew Hayden on his fellow Australian Dean Jones, who died at the age of 59 in 2020. Jones coached and commentated extensively in Pakistan.
11. Babar Azam
“He is my main bowler, and he has won many matches for Pakistan. Players drop catches, but he is a fighter, and I will back him.”
— Pakistan captain Babar Azam after Hasan Ali dropped Matthew Wade at a crucial point of the semi-final. Wade went on to hit three successive sixes off Shaheen Shah Afridi to win the match.
12. Gary Stead
“It’s not the smartest thing he’s done; there’s certainly an element of bad luck in the injury. He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time.”
— New Zealand coach Gary Stead after Devon Conway broke his hand, punching his bat in frustration after getting out in the semi-final win against England.
13. Aaron Finch
“I can’t believe people wrote him off a couple of weeks ago; it was almost like poking the bear.”
— Title-winning Australian captain Aaron Finch on opening batsman David Warner who was voted man of the series.
Story originally published in First Post
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