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.
Good on Yuvraj Singh for encouraging people to keep spirits (and balls) up while in lockdown...
In these challenging times, I am committed to staying at home to prevent the spread of #Covid19 and will #KeepItUp as long as it is required.— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 14, 2020
I further nominate master blaster @sachin_rt hit man @ImRo45 and turbanator @harbhajan_singh @UN @deespeak pic.twitter.com/20OmrHt9zv
...although Sachin Tendulkar straight away went and raised the stakes.
KP's switch pitch
Still plays pretty flash, doesn't he?
Ricky Ponting goes golfing
Okay, we will take any kind of batting action right now (even if it's golf, sorry, Chris Lynn).
Back in my happy place with my mates. pic.twitter.com/2NmV8eoJTi— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) May 15, 2020
David Warner still pumping out the hits
The Great David Warner Show continues to run on all good social media platforms. Guess we have to admit this is our kind of jam (geddit?)...
This level of output obviously demands a suitable fitness regime (fun for all the family).
David Warner's amazing race
So belly trumps butt?
The Tendulkar-Ganguly partnership
Sigh, batsman's game, eh?
This brings back wonderful memories Dadi.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 12, 2020
How many more do you think we would've been able to score with the restriction of 4 fielders outside the ring and 2 new balls? @SGanguly99 @ICC https://t.co/vPlYi5V3mo
Yeah, cricket's better.
I hate golf— Chris Lynn (@lynny50) May 13, 2020
Steve Smith gives Kane Williamson latte art lessons
This lockdown bantz is getting out of hand. The internet's boyfriend Kane Williamson yesterday debuted his latte art on Instagram, trying to conjure up a white fern in his flat white. BFF Virat Kohli obviously jumped into the comments with a "Looks good bro. Not as elegant as that backfoot punch of yours though," because you can't pass up a chance at bromance in this time of social distancing. Steve Smith, though, thought he'd use the opportunity to rekindle the trans-Tasman rivalry. Who did it better?
Is there a new competition brewing?— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 12, 2020
Who has the upper hand in the trans-Tasman latte art rivalry? Williamson or Smith?
(via: kane_s_w/Instagram and steve_smith49/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/qyKorQWtTE
Shoaib Akhtar has a plan for Steven Smith
Yesterday, we imagined a few legendary match-ups between top players across eras, and asked readers which contest they would have most liked to watch. Quite a few players chimed in.
Dimuth Karunaratne picked a contest between Neil Wagner and Brian Lara.
Isa Guha cheated a bit and picked two.
Smashed this one out the park! How good! All of them! But at the top Kohli v Warne and Ponting v Archer. Thoughts? https://t.co/EnJWFILWjZ— Isa Guha (@isaguha) May 11, 2020
But we had one of the many legends weigh in himself. Shoaib Akhtar reckons he could have Steven Smith out in four balls - one bounce, two bounce, three bounce, door.
Which cricketer is David Warner?
David Warner and family have been all over social media throughout lockdown - no surprise, then, that they've stumbled across our 'Which cricketer are you?' Instagram filter.
You may not be a freak talent like him, but these batting tips from Steven Smith will really help your game grow.
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here.