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 Buzz, your go-to destination for all the bantz, the jousts, and little bit of eavesdropping from the social media playground and beyond.
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What is this insane caught-and-bowled dismissal?
Sometimes cricket is a team game and sometimes it's a one-man show. In an Army Commander's T20 match between the Prima Stella Eastern Warriors and the Super Fashion Northern Warriors in Sri Lanka, fast bowler Thenu Ratan got batsman Ashan Randika to top-edge a shot towards midwicket and then... ran full pelt to take a diving catch even as a fielder from the deep was running in to take it.
"Is he a sprinter or cricketer?"— News Cricket (@NewsCorpCricket) October 8, 2020
This could be the greatest caught and bowled EVER! pic.twitter.com/rC3fwmbmnz
When Rahul Tripathi met Shah Rukh Khan
Tripathi's first name, Rahul, is one that SRK's characters have had in several movies.
We were a few runs short, but the bowling made up for it at the end. Well played boys of @KKRiders And have to mention our @ImRTripathi 'Naam toh suna tha....kaam usse bhi kamaal hai' Be healthy all of you and rest well. @Bazmccullum will see u soon— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) October 7, 2020
Tripathi's team-mate, Varun Chakravarthy not only met his idol, MS Dhoni, but also bowled to him. He talks to Tripathi about how he went from watching Dhoni from the stands of Chepauk to bowling to him in the IPL.
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"A surreal moment for me to bowl to MS Dhoni" One watched MS Dhoni play from the stands and took his wicket, the other scored a brilliant half century at the top of the order. KKR duo @chakaravarthyvarun and @tripathirahul52 recount their win against CSK Check our Insta story for the full interview link #Dream11IPL #KKRvCSK
And yet another encounter with an idol - this time the Delhi Capitals' 24-year-old fast bowler Tushar Deshpande got to meet Dale Steyn during the match between the Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai earlier this week. He was keeping a lookout for Steyn's "crazy eyes" it seems.
Nothing better than meeting people who are enthusiastic and excited about becoming better players.— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) October 7, 2020
Tushar is all that and more!
I wish nothing but greatness for you my friend https://t.co/sSXMtvP3D7
The spy cam
When your partner has eyes at the back of their head (but also a perfectly functioning pair of ears - Dane, you need to learn stealth)!
Dane van Niekerk bowls into pillow stumps
The cricket doesn't stop just because you're isolating.
The Australian women's table-tennis battles
The scary story
Dane van Niekerk is one brave woman! We'd have run out of the house, leaving a person-shaped hole in the wall.
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So seeing that its 02.40am and I'm wide awake. I'd like to share the reason exactly why... So I'm sleeping like a baby, happy with the fact that I pushed myself through the whole day yesterday NOT to nap. All of a sudden I get woken up by my wife (she was sittig up), which I assumed woke up because of jetlag and asked me (not whispering) 'Why is someone sleeping here at the top of the bed'? EXCUSE ME, WHAT??? WHO?? I immediately grab my phone so I can see WTF is going on! (If you know me, you'll know I'm not, not afraid, I get VERY afraid) Anyway, so then kappie tells me that she doesn't understand why I'm not sleeping next to her?? AGAIN, WHAT?? I AM!!?? I turned the light toward her (she's still sitting up) and SHOCK! SHE WAS STILL SLEEPING think my heart stopped at that exact moment! I get her to lay down again and bang. Sleeping like a baby, while I'm is still sweating as if I ran a half marathon and scared lying with my flashlight on!! #quaratinegotmywifeonday1 #stilllookingfortheperson #13daystogo
Clearly captaining a side and using his fast hands to pile up the runs isn't enough for Steve Smith, he's also picking up some musical skills.
Ashleigh Gardner eats some grass
The funniest thing Meg Lanning has seen on a cricket field involves Ash Gardner and an attempted dive on the boundary pic.twitter.com/kVOMhlKlju— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) October 5, 2020
Sun 'n sand with David Warner
Sunrisers indulge in a spot of beach volleyball to unwind.
Marcus Stoinis the barista
The Love Cafe is now a chain store. We first saw Adam Zampa operating it in the Australian bubble in England. Marcus Stoinis has taken over its Middle-East operations and is dutifully helping Rishabh Pant and his other Delhi Capitals team-mates stay caffeinated.