In case you've been hibernating, it was Sachin Tendulkar's birthday on April 24, and among the hundreds of wishes was this suggestion from R Ashwin that we're rather worried will become a national campaign.
Many more happy returns of the day @sachin_rt , April 24th should be marked as Indian cricket day. I was lucky to have played along side you— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 24, 2017
Hardik Pandya, thoughtfully, reminded Tendulkar of that time Pandya had looked at him in adoration.
And Virat Kohli, thoughtfully, reminded Tendulkar of that time Tendulkar had looked at Kohli in adoration.
Mahela Jayawardene, coach of Mumbai Indians, was lucky enough to be celebrating with Tendulkar.
A post shared by Mahela & Chris Jayawardena (@chrismahelaj) on Apr 24, 2017 at 9:45pm PDT
We bet he didn't try anything like this. Nitish Rana, though, has several years of cricket ahead of him before he is beyond dressing-room pranks.
Another person receiving lots of wishes on April 24 was the Delhi Daredevils captain, Zaheer Khan, who announced, on Twitter, his engagement to actor Sagarika Ghatke.
Delhi Daredevils, who don't have the strongest record of making calm, calculated decisions, rushed to congratulate him, but ended up tagging Sagarika Ghose, the well-known journalist.
oops wrong Sagarika, sirs! Main do bachche ki ma hoon https://t.co/37wH9INQZP— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) April 24, 2017
The Indian dressing room has been filled with beards recently, and Ravindra Jadeja was concerned fans would not be able to tell the players apart. So he did this.
Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane all also decided to #breakthebeard.
A post shared by Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane) on Apr 24, 2017 at 3:40am PDT
A post shared by Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya_official) on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:11am PDT
Virat Kohli didn't look too impressed with his India team-mates' new looks.
And he confirmed he would not be joining them.
A post shared by Virat Kohli (@virat.kohli) on Apr 23, 2017 at 12:10am PDT
Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out by Kolkata Knight Riders for 49, the lowest total in IPL history, and when Ravi Shastri suggested their scorecard, which consisted of single-digit contributions from each of their batsmen, looked like a mobile number, people were curious to know if the number actually existed. Turns out, it belonged to a man in Himachal Pradesh.
The number has since been switched off, but if you dial it, the Truecaller app will tell you it belongs to #rcb. Meanwhile, jokes about how quickly Royal Challengers' star-studded batting line-up was rolled over were in abundant supply, including this one comparing the innings to disclaimers read after advertisements for financial products.
RCB lost first 4 wickets faster than 'MutualFundsAreSubjectToMakertRiskReadAllSchemesRelatedDocumentsCarefullyBlaBla.." #KKRvRCB— prayag sonar (@prayag_sonar) April 23, 2017
Another big story in the IPL this week was MS Dhoni proving he can still finish games. He struck a boundary off the last ball of Pune Supergiant's clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the game. Some, however, didn't think this was a vintage Dhoni performance.
Dhoni won the match with a boundary instead of a six, that's what demonetization has done to big players. #RPSvSRH— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) April 22, 2017
One group of players needing a big finish is the squad of Arsenal Football Club. The debate over whether their manager, Arsene Wenger, who has been at the English club for 21 years, should continue in his job has already led to planes flying over their stadium. Now, it has reached the stands at IPL games.