Over the years, Pre-world cup press conferences witnessed some of the most funny and lame statements.
Mind games have been played by Captains to gain a mental edge over their opponents.
Let’s take a look at such quotes, before the World Cup begins in 3 days time.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Pakistan)
Sarfarz Ahmed and Virat Kohli were asked by the media about India vs Pakistan match, and why this match is the highly anticipated fixture of the World Cup.
Kohli said “India-Pakistan is always a very very anticipated match but we keep saying this again and again. If you ask the players it’s very different from how the fans look at the game compared to how players play it”.
“Yes, we feel the anticipation, you feel the excitement of the fans when you enter the stadium. But as soon as you step on to the field it’s professional, a bowler trying to execute his skills a batsman trying to execute his skills to the best of their potential.”
He further added that pressure is definitely there because the atmosphere of the ground and support from fans makes it all more important than it seems.
Sarfaraz in his justification only said “My answer is also the same.”
Faf Du Plessis (South Africa)
Before leaving for England, South african captain Faf Du Plessis in a press conference said that his team needs to release the pressure instead of absorbing it.
He added, “In previous World Cups, we wanted to do Superman things.”
“We thought we had to be more special, we had to do something more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough. We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the World Cup, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket.”
BCCI President MSK Prasad
Selectors were criticised for the selection of Vijay Shankar ahead of Rishabh pant and Ambati Rayudu.
To justify this decision, authorities gave one of the most interesting replies. He said, “We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Shankar is a three-dimensional player. He can bat, if conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a good fielder.”
Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup ??..
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019
Aaron Finch (Australia)
Aaron Finch was asked about the return of Ricky Ponting, as assistant Coach.
“The boys all want to impress Punter.”
“Everyone wants to impress Punter, you should see them – it’s like eight-year-old girls around Justin Bieber when Punter’s around the change room.”