The Buzz: Andy Balbirnie’s pre-game plan for England

The Buzz: Andy Balbirnie’s pre-game plan for England

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.

July 30

Andy Balbirnie has just the ticket to intimidate England before the ODI series kick-off

July 29

Knowledge of the game and having a nice voice aren’t the only prerequisites (aside from having played international cricket) to becoming a commentator, you know. There are many people relying on the information you provide. Carlos Brathwaite, commentating for Test Match Special, showed why he has a bright future in the business:

July 28

The time Virat Kohli thought the ball would hit his nose

Can anyone ever get enough of the bromance between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni? Here is the India captain talking to Mayank Agarwal on the BCCI website about a time he had to sub in as wicketkeeper and the immediate peril he was in as a result.

“Ask Mahi bhai [Dhoni] someday how this happened (laughs)! He asked me to keep wickets for two or three overs, and while keeping as well as adjusting the field, I realised how much he had on his plate [as Dhoni was the captain then]. But it was fun; but what wasn’t fun was taking the gloves in the 43rd over and Umesh [Yadav] was bowling gas. The ball was old and it [the match] was under lights and I was finding it so tough to pick the ball that I thought it would even hit my nose. In fact, I wanted to wear a helmet and stand behind, but doing would have been very insulting (laughs)! But it was nice at the same time to do something different!”

Swinging with Sobers

Feast your eyes and soothe your soul with this delightful footage of Garry Sobers batting for the World XI at the MCG in 1971-72.

And some more archival footage to enjoy today – England’s first World Cup win.

July 27

What’s that on Ben Stokes’ pants?

There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip, and none know this better than poor Ben Stokes who had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction on the second day of the third Test. A mysterious brown stain had appeared on a rather unfortunate part of his anatomy when he was fielding in the slips with his captain, who spotted it. Then this happened:

An old veteran of unhappy accidents in the pants weighed in:

Stokes had a simple, if no less hilarious explanation for it though.

Kohli the baker

This is patently unfair: how can Virat Kohli do mad push-ups and also bake cakes?

Missed all the chatter last week? Catch up on it here.

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