I have picked out dialogues from Hollywood’s 100 favourite voted dialogues by The Hollywood Reporter to describe cricketers.
“Why so serious?” (The Dark Knight, 2008)- Virender Sehwag
He has hit the very first ball for a boundary 23 times including 6 matches in a row and 5 in World Cup 2011, became the first man to reach 300 with a six and even got out on 195 trying to hit a six but who cares! He disrupts plans, creates anarchy and while batting it is just chaos out there. Why others are so serious he might wonder.
“I’ll be back” (The Terminator, 1984)- Shahid Afridi
Retired from tests in 2006, came back in 2010, retired immediately again. In May 2011 retired from all formats, came back in 5 months. In 2014 announced retirement after WC but did not. In 2016 the PCB wanted him to retire but he did not and in 2017 announced his retirement once again. He is the comeback man.
“I’m the king of the world!” (Titanic, 1997) – Mahendra Singh Dhoni
As a captain, his major trophies include ICC World Cup (2011), T20 World Cup (2007), Champions Trophy (2013), 2 Asia Cup crowns (2010, 2016), 3 IPL titles (2010, 2011, 2018), 2 Champions League T20 titles (2010, 2014) and No. 1 team in Tests. Really the King of the cricketing world.
“Here’s Johnny!” (The Shining, 1980)- Mitchell Johnson in the 2013 Ashes
Mitchell Johnson terrorised England in the 2013 Ashes like no one ever had. Under his sheer ferocity, England just broke completely including players like Trott who got a stress related illness. He was the leading wicket taker with 37 wickets in 5 Tests, including a 7–40, a strike rate of 30 and an average of just 13.9!
“Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.” (Forrest Gump, 1994)- Steve Smith
He won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (2015); ICC Test Player of the Year Award (2015, 2017); Australian Test Player of the Year (2015, 2018), Australian ODI Player of the Year (2015), Allan Border Medal for the best player in Australian Cricket (2015, 2018); Wisden’s one of their Cricketers of the Year (2015) and was at his peak. Yet, he was stupid enough to indulge and plan in ball tampering as a captain to win a match.
“You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” (On the Waterfront, 1954)- Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (No offence to him)
A talented bowler, he helped India win their first test in SA but he had other issues. In IPL he was involved in a spat with Harbhajan Singh, who slapped him at the end of a match. He had discipline issues and he was warned by the BCCI with suspension from domestic cricket if he violated the code of conduct. Later he was also found him guilty of spot-fixing in IPL 2013 and banned for life.
“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) – Inzamam-ul-Haq
he last one is Inzi who has been run out 40 times in his ODI career and got others run-out countless times. Following is one incident:
Once in a match, Akram walked up to Inzamam and asked him to just give him the strike for the last ball. He agreed. The ball was a yorker and it hit him on the foot and he fell down. By that time Akram ran and reached the striker’s end. Inzamam saw him and asked, “Wasim bhai (brother), what are you doing here?”