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.
What do you do if, after several days of lockdown, you wake up to find your usually carefully groomed hair has been reduced to unruly locks that keep getting in your eyes? Well, you ask your partner to give you a trim, of course. Such was the case, it seems, at the Kohli-Sharma household.
Meanwhile, in quarantine.. pic.twitter.com/XO0UJ7NmSU— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 28, 2020
Punter gets shirty
We're all in the nostalgia game now, but not everyone has quite so much top-quality stash as Ricky Ponting. Here he takes us back to a simpler time, when the Australia team didn't need documentaries to be made about them.
When I captained my first Test the boys signed this shirt and left messages. I remember this Test most for the brilliant batting from @damienmartyn and @darren_lehmann in what were very tough conditions. pic.twitter.com/LpUzgxIXzp— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) March 28, 2020
Mark Wood's #StayInWorkOut dance challenge
We admire the sentiment, we really do... but we also hope Mark Wood cleared his dance routine with the England medical team.
During a hugely challenging time for us all, our players have been looking at ways to stay active at home.— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 27, 2020
They want to share with you their tips to hopefully brighten up your day.
First up, a dance challenge from @MAWood33! #StayHomeSaveLives #StayInWorkOut pic.twitter.com/Io3Mz3IW3R
Liam Plunkett's response, meanwhile, is something else. The invite from Strictly surely won't take long...
Kane Williamson plays cricket with his dog
Lockdowns, isolation, quarantine, no cricket, endless work-from-home days - we can survive it all as long as Kane Williamson, back to being baby-faced, shares videos of backyard cricket with his dog. Is everyone as impressed with how Sandy never takes her eyes off the ball as we are? New Zealand Cricket, need a (totally adorable) slips coach?
But our UK editor, Andrew Miller, is not impressed with Sandy's feat. Can she match his cat Lola's composure under pressure? (What we want to know is: how many scratches do you have on your face, Miller?)
Is Aaron Finch retiring?
Fox Cricket certainly seems to think so. As a bit of fun they totted up a 2023 World Cup XI for Australia, and one name was conspicuously absent.
Batting partner David Warner, who did make the XI, was simultaneously amused, and not.
Time to learn a new skill?
Jasprit Bumrah has a new lockdown-imposed hobby. What's yours?
Aleem Dar offers free food to those in need
While many of us have the luxury to work from home in these times, there are several others who are vulnerable, either having to step out for work or losing their jobs entirely. In Lahore, umpire Aleem Dar is looking out for some of those people by offering free food to those without jobs.
How to keep fit during a lockdown
How are Pakistan cricketers keeping their skills honed during lockdown?
Babar Azam is utilising his at-home gym (which Jimmy Neesham would have loved to have - see below).
Burn you comfort zone out. This is where the magic starts.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 26, 2020
Here are some glimpses from my work out at home. Drop your videos/messages in comments and tell me how you are keeping yourself fit in this time of #PhysicalDistancing. Stay safe!#RiseAndRise pic.twitter.com/furDNKbOH8
For Haider Ali, no bowler, no problem.
Here is how our rising star @iamhaideraly is spending his time at home.— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) March 24, 2020
How you are spending your time. Send in your videos in comments below #letsbeatCOVID19 #StayHomeaStaySafe pic.twitter.com/XBudWjdn6f
And Fatima Sana has an exercise routine that's making our arms hurt just to watch.
As opposed to the other 48 weeks of the year? https://t.co/9Cp4FJzLkv— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 25, 2020
Step out and you'll be mankaded
Just wondering if this ends the mankad debate once and for all.
Hahaha, somebody sent me this and told me it's exactly been 1 year since this run out happened.— lets stay indoors India (@ashwinravi99) March 25, 2020
As the nation goes into a lockdown, this is a good reminder to my citizens.
Don't wander out. Stay inside, stay safe! #21DayLockdown pic.twitter.com/bSN1454kFt
Shikhar Dhawan does chores around the house
Teaching your dad a new skill
Alex Hartley gets some cool cred while she works on her footwork. We're totally loving Dad togged up in a suit and tie for a TikTok video!
Jack Leach's No. 11 rallying cry
To be fair, Jack Leach is man who knows a bit about staying in when the situation calls for it...
Being boring is boring guys! But if it gets the job done it's definitely worth it! We are all batting at 11 so let's not get ahead of ourselves and start playing shots. Defend your stumps. One ball at a time and let Stokes do his thing #StayAtHome https://t.co/TLudq6gVcc— Jack Leach (@jackleach1991) March 24, 2020
Stanning Sodhi's rap about the coronavirus
Ish Sodhi's got an alternative way of making money while the cricket's off. Are the record labels listening? Sign him up!
A Ricky Ponting classic
Thank goodness for Ricky Ponting, who is set to go through some of his career mementos to pass the time over the coming days. First up, one for bat nuffies: his 2003 World Cup final stick. Plenty of white on that middle...
Given we've all got a bit of time on our hands as we stay at home, thought I'd go through what I've kept from my career and share some of it with everyone on a regular basis - this is the bat I used in the 2003 World Cup final. pic.twitter.com/meoBP6NJvg— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) March 23, 2020
Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach?
Hows your online coaching videos going? pic.twitter.com/Ir9KEM2bMX— Jaik Mickleburgh (@JaikM32) March 22, 2020
Shreyas Iyer becomes invisible man
Oh god! What dark magic is this?
Betty here, Betty there. Shreyas here, Shreyas where?!? pic.twitter.com/j7jKh8w9sC— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) March 23, 2020
Setting up an at-home gym
Jimmy Neesham is being responsible about social-distancing but also conscientious about staying fit. That's why we love him so much.
Are there any gym owners/operators in Auckland that would be willing to part with some equipment during the lockdown? I will pick up/drop off and compensate of course, and return as soon as you need it back— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 23, 2020
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here