All the world's cricketers walked into a bar. The LOLs, the chatter, and the occasional mini-brawls, they were endless. And the news cycle was never the same again! Welcome to ESPNcricinfo's Social Buzz, your go-to destination for all the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond.
Forget special caps. Forget commemorative photos. There's a much better way to celebrate your team-mate's milestone. Just rap about it.
Rohit v Harbhajan - The stump-mic tales
Initially, it sounded like some sort of random sledging going on, Rohit Sharma's voice in the stump mic calling Harbhajan Singh's name, asking the veteran spinner to get out of the commentary box and come make use of the rough on the pitch.
It was all in good humour between the old Mumbai Indians colleagues, of course. And Harbhajan responded during an in-game show on Star Sports, first with a dialogue from popular Hindi film Munnabhai MBBS and then, acknowledging Rohit, who had bowled a bit of offspin on the day and had mimicked Harbhajan's bowling action on the field, with a run-in-and-deliver. Lots of laughs were had all around.
.@harbhajan_singh's special dedication to @ImRo45 got us going like !— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) October 5, 2019
Watch the off-spinner talk about the stump mic conversation with @VVSLaxman281 and @jatinsapru, on #NerolacCricketLIVE, NOW on Star Sports. pic.twitter.com/R2PumjPxlB
Guess who bought Ben Stokes' painting?
After the summer he's had, everybody wants a piece of Ben Stokes - including the man who partnered him during the crucial final moments of the thrilling chase at Headingley against Australia. Perhaps Jack Leach wants to commit his strokes to memory?
We're always here for throwback photos of cricketers: (from left) very youthful-looking Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid and Vijay Dahiya. An 18-year-old Yuvraj made a splash in his very first innings for India, smashing 84 off 80 balls against Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi in 2000.
Ben Stokes' kids tell him about his award nomination
How Ben Stokes found out he had been nominated for the Professional Cricketers' Association Players' Player of the Year - which he went on to win.
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@stokesy has been nominated by his fellow players for the NatWest PCA Players' Player of the Year! MVP in the #CWC19 Final MVP in THAT #Ashes Test at Headingley Who best to break the news than his two children? Find out the full list of nominees via thepca.co.uk #PCAawards50 #PCAawards #cricket #englandcricket #cricketworldcup #benstokes #poty #playeroftheyear #nominee #durhamcricket
Ryan ten Doeschate is sorry he beat Kohli and Babar
How would you feel if someone lumped you with, say, Virat Kohli and Babar Azam? Flattered? Er... apologetic? Netherlands' Ryan ten Doeschate plumped for the latter, as a modest but cheeky aw-shucks at his ODI batting average being higher than Kohli's and Babar's. Can you say GOAT*?
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Apologies to all involved.— Ryan ten Doeschate (@rtendo27) October 1, 2019
Kohli surprised Tests are the real deal
What's that sound you just heard? Someone moaning about the death of Test cricket in our shrinking-attention-span era? Take them to Visakhapatnam, and make them have a look at the packed press conference room that greeted Virat Kohli ahead of the first Test between India and South Africa.
Kohli walked in, looked at the number of mics and dictaphones in front of him, turned towards the BCCI media manager, and wondered, in surprise, where all this crowd was when India played three T20Is before this. Test cricket's the real deal, Virat. You know it.
Joe Root is now Doctor Root
Joe Root was recently at the University of Wolverhampton where, after a tour of the campus and some coaching session with students, he came away with… a doctorate. That's right, the university conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Sport on him, which means he's now Dr Root (which makes us wonder if he ever considered a career in dentistry). What will he aim for next, a knighthood?
Extremely humbled to receive an Honorary Doctorate today. Thank you @wlv_uni !!! Also throughly enjoyed the tour of the fantastic new facilities and being a part of the coaching sessions involving youngsters from the local schools and clubs. https://t.co/3TjpN9c3Cq— Joe Root (@root66) September 30, 2019
Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali's match made in heaven
All 53 of Hasan Ali's ODIs for Pakistan have featured Shadab Khan. So, when Hasan was ruled out of the home series against Sri Lanka, Shadab was asked how it felt to play without his best bud. Shadab laughed and said: "We're friends, yes, but you're making it sound like we're husband and wife."
Hmm, we're not so sure about the friendship bit either, based on how badly they did in this ICC quiz about each other.
Dekh @RealHa55an, humari dosti pressers mai bhi aa gayi hai. On a serious note, all the team is in good spirit for the #PAKvSL series, we will try to give it our all. #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/r9yEidPjpC— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) September 29, 2019
Michael Holding's dinner with Shahid Afridi
As international cricket slowly returns to Pakistan, we hope to see photos of more such scrumptious feasts. In an interview earlier this year, Michael Holding told us his favourite food was curry goat and rice, so we're pretty sure he enjoyed this dinner.
A real honour to host the legendary Michael Holding for a dinner at home. Thank you Dr Kashif for arranging Michael's visit to Karachi. Also thank you to Saeed Anwar for joining us. Great to have some legends visit me. pic.twitter.com/Rg2JQnDxXx— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 29, 2019
These photographs were taken in Afridi's basement - we know this because of a home tour video he posted on YouTube last week in which he shows off cricket memorabilia he's collected over the years, including signed jerseys from several of his favourite opponents and the bat with which he made the fastest ODI century (it was Sachin Tendulkar's bat).
A crowd catch a year in the making
If at first you don't succeed try, try again (even if it takes a year). A spectator in the crowd at St Kilda, watching the Marsh Cup match between Queensland and Victoria, took an excellent catch when Usman Khawaja deposited a six onto the bank at deep midwicket. It then emerged that almost exactly a year ago he had missed a chance when Marcus Harris clobbered a six in the same direction. Redemption was sweet.
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here