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.
Steven Newey, a club cricketer, pulls off a near-perfect impersonation of Ross Taylor in a video shared by the Alternative Commentary Collective. Stance: check. Puckered lips: check. Hand gestures: check.
Technique bat, golf ball, Ash Barty, and a lunge at the net
A technique bat. A golf ball. A brick wall. All very Don Bradman. But this is Ash Barty, so you get forehand net-play training, including a failed lunge at the end.
Mark Waugh's found his 'arsenal of weapons'
He was one of the best in his day, making magic in the middle with his beautiful strokeplay. Good news is that the blades Mark Waugh struck all those runs with are very much with him, in decent shape too, even if he thinks the old Tusker is a bit of a plank now.
Cleaning the garage out today and came across my arsenal of weapons over the years. My favourite was 2nd from the end on the right. Note my Symonds Super Tusker thought it was ripper in the day but looks like a plank. pic.twitter.com/XiH5AUlvbV— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) April 10, 2020
'Wok mas go yet' for Charles Amini
With the Covid-19 pandemic having brought the world to a standstill, athletes are not only without much to do, one wonders what shape some of them might be in once the lockdown ends, with only the elite having the resources to train properly at home. Well, as far as PNG allrounder Charles Amini is concerned, nothing's changed, lockdown or no lockdown, "wok mas go yet". And this looks serious!
Shreyas Iyer's fancy footwork
Shreyas Iyer's clearly spending hours practising his footwork. When it comes to dance, though, his sister Shresta has him on the back foot.
Who is Azhar Ali trying to be?
Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, leaves like another famous Pakistani. Have you seen this, Younis Khan?
Vroom vroom Warner
David Warner's found the perfect way to get a workout in while also keeping the kids entertained.
Facing Shoaib Akhtar is so easy!
Jimmy Neesham with dogs making us go aw
Thanks for the pick-me-up, Neesh.
Mayank Agarwal and wife's workout routine
Sure, we all want to stay fit during the quarantine, but isn't it annoying to have an athletic partner who motivates you into having sore muscles?
Emerging nations cricketers are the Spice Girls we need
This is the only Spice Girls revival we need, except, all five are Sporty Spice? Five cricketers, one each from five emerging South American countries, didn't let social distancing get in the way of a great pop video. Meet Mariana Martinez from Argentina, Roberta Moretti Avery, captain of the Brazilian women's team, Chilean women's captain Jeannette Garcés, Sofía Bolaños from Costa Rica and Samantha Hickman from Peru.
"Stop" by the @spicegirls Cricketers: 1 from each of 5 South American nations as they #stayhome!— Emerging Cricket (@EmergingCricket) April 9, 2020
@flamingosarg: Mariana Martinez
Kerala police hilariously use Ravi Shastri commentary for lockdown
You see, cricket can help during times of stress (sound on).
Drone sightings during lockdown... pic.twitter.com/kN3a4YCJ5D— Kerala Police (@TheKeralaPolice) April 7, 2020
Roger Federer's tennis challenge to Virat Kohli
Roger Federer has laid down a challenge to all his fans and many sportspersons, including Virat Kohli. How many do you think Kohli can do? Will he wear his India helmet? And is he going to challenge Federer to a round of keepy-uppy off the edge of a cricket bat? He should.
How else are you guys #TrainingFromHome @tonikroos @gianluigibuffon @imVkohli @tombrady @trevornoah @luka7doncic @billgates @swish41 @cristiano @alexzverev @cocogauff @kensingtonroyal @realhughjackman @rafaelnadal @stephencurry30 @therock @beargrylls @coldplay https://t.co/N8BHl4v0HR— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 7, 2020
Something different for today, didn't want to get hat hair .. pic.twitter.com/A2xTIGGiug— Andy Balbirnie (@balbo90) April 7, 2020
Brendon McCullum makes a snack
Don't be judgy, guys. We're all experimenting with cooking (with our limited provisions) while stuck at home during this time.
Home made "Southland Sushi". Perfect for anyone in Team Snake who might be a little dusty. pic.twitter.com/1WL87zdL3T— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 7, 2020
PNG batsman trains for the T20 World Cup
Cricketers the world over have been sharing videos of how they are staying fit during the times of social-distancing and lockdowns. Here's Papua New Guinea batsman Tony Ura working on his body while also participating in child care and ruining the lawn.
Get your make-up tips from Saqlain Mushtaq
We know we should resist the temptation, but we're gonna say it anyway: so beautiful you gotta take a doosra look.
Stay safe, stay at home with your loved ones and enjoy our clip pic.twitter.com/iFPP7p6ce2— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) April 6, 2020
Glenn Maxwell nails the trick shot
Glenn "Big Show" Maxwell has some thoughts about all those trick-shot videos floating around on TikTok.
How do you know you've lost it? When TikToks take up a majority of your day... pic.twitter.com/6IARBiJwyx— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) April 6, 2020
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here