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.
Coloured uniforms haven’t even been around for three decades but when it comes to nostalgic favourites, there’s so much to pick from. Glenn Maxwell plumps for an Australian kit from the ’90s. Which is your favourite?
Look good, play good!
— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) January 14, 2020
You know how visiting players talk about first experiencing the noise level at Indian stadiums? This is what they were referring to. Who says first-class cricket doesn’t have spectators?
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) January 14, 2020
It was a busy morning for R Ashwin, who was 32 not out overnight in Tamil Nadu’s Ranji Trophy game against Mumbai in Chennai.
Lost for words to describe this moment!
Has to resume batting at 9 am in Chepauk. What does he do? Comes to Loyola at 6, mentors kids till 730 & leaves directly to Chepauk to play the Ranji Trophy.
To quote Nas Hussain, “No way! No, No way! You cannot do that, Ben Stokes!” pic.twitter.com/KFCnGfeMQI
— Gen-Next Cricket Institute (@gennextcricket) January 14, 2020
Just before the start of the Big Bash game between Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers in Hobart, a miked-up George Bailey from the home side jogged up to one of the several kids waiting for autographs on the outfield and tried to engage him in conversation while he signed the kid’s Hurricanes cap. The kid, Cody (although, like Bailey, we aren’t certain of the spelling), wasn’t particularly interested in the small talk. A desperate Bailey persisted.
Bailey: “You a Hurricanes fan?”
Cody: “Umm, not really.”
Bailey: “Jeepers… are you from Western Australia? Do you even like cricket?”
Cody: “Sometimes my brother forces me.”
Bailey: “Yeah? It’s been lovely chatting with you. Have a lovely evening.”
The commentators, now chortling, suggested the kid was a plant from Tim Paine, Australia captain and Hobart local, also in the commentary box. Paine, in fact, had the last laugh, teasing the new national selector about his skills. “Bails, that was terrific, mate. I know there’s been a lot of talk recently about selectors and their communication. I thought you were outstanding.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 13, 2020
Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here.