There were plenty of ouch moments cricket had in August 2016. Darren Sammy, for instance, was at the wrong end of a 20-second phone call. Joe Root got bruised for the second time in his career, this time courtesy his own team-mate. But none of that could compare to what came Steve Smith’s way: a zinger from Dale Steyn as lethal as his bowling. A look at the most quotable quotes from last month:

 

MS Dhoni has been called a lot of things. Daughter Ziva might have the most unique name yet.
August1

 

Kane Williamson has already achieved so much that it’s understandable if some people – teammates included – forget how young he is.
August2

 

You can drop Darren Sammy. But you can’t really ‘drop’ Darren Sammy.
August3

 

The political big-wigs can talk of all the ‘Aman ki Aasha’ they want. It takes an Azharuddin phone call to Younis Khan to make it real.
August4

 

Dhoni knows the power of the Indian fan. They’ll come to the moon, to Mars, to Andromeda.
August5

 

Adil Rashid – possible Wrestlemania contestant?
August7

 

Batsmen at the other end apart, everyone in cricket agrees with Dale Steyn.
August8

 

Sir Rangana Herath. Nah, says Kumar Sangakkara.
August9

 

Misbah wins. Alastair jokes. Misbah king.
August10

 

If you want to sledge, do it Dale Steyn style. Minimum words, maximum effect.
August11

 

Glenn Maxwell believes in the ‘practice makes perfect’ maxim.
August12