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.


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


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


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.


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


Adil Rashid – possible Wrestlemania contestant?


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


Sir Rangana Herath. Nah, says Kumar Sangakkara.


Misbah wins. Alastair jokes. Misbah king.


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


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