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The victorious Indian players get huge (and not very socially distanced) welcomes on their return from Australia.
The enormity of the win in Aus is yet to sink in! Look at visuals coming in from various parts of India, welcoming their local heroes & you would yearn to be a part of this folklore. Visuals of @Natarajan_91 in Salem pic.twitter.com/SUozrHoiyH— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) January 21, 2021
Dad's a star
The feeling when you see someone you know on TV...
This is all.... pic.twitter.com/ehzNovK7ka— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) January 21, 2021
Parthiv Patel's non-selection
Maybe the Royal Challengers Bangalore missed the news of Parthiv Patel's retirement?
An absolute honour to be released after being retired . ... thank you @RCBTweets— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 20, 2021
Meanwhile, here's someone who's pretty disappointed at not getting selected. All those hours of indoor cricket gone to waste? Chin up, Harry Kane, maybe they'll get you at the auction.
Bit disappointed not to be selected but nothing I can do now. Will still be cheering the boys on https://t.co/Jq17o1m3aO— Harry Kane (@HKane) January 20, 2021
Cricketers are jocks but also nerds.
Trolling the wrong Tim Paine
After Australia's 2-1 series defeat to India at the Gabba, the Australian captain was bound to receive plenty of flak by fans. But on Instagram, the trolling and abuse got redirected to a user with a similar name - Tim Payne. The cricketing Tim Paine's account is set to private.
The real team
So Kevin Pietersen seems to have used Google Translate to remind India fans to not celebrate for too long because the real challengers - England - will be arriving for a full tour shortly.
India - yeh aitihaasik jeet ka jashn manaye kyuki yeh sabhi baadhao ke khilaap hasil hui hai— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 19, 2021
LEKIN , ASLI TEAM toh kuch hafto baad a rahi hai jisse aapko harana hoga apne ghar mein .
Satark rahe , 2 saptaah mein bahut adhik jashn manaane se saavadhaan rahen
Michael Vaughan admits his prediction after the Adelaide Test that Australia would whitewash India turned out to be pretty wrong.
Wow .. That has to go down as one of the greatest if not the greatest Test victory of all time !! Egg on my face over here in the UK .. but I love to see character & skill .. India have it in abundance .. btw @RealShubmanGill & @RishabhPant17 are future superstars ! #AUSvIND— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 19, 2021
Virat Kohli is happy (as always) when critics are proven wrong.
WHAT A WIN!!! Yessssss. To everyone who doubted us after Adelaide, stand up and take notice. Exemplary performance but the grit and determination was the standout for us the whole way. Well done to all the boys and the management. Enjoy this historic feat lads. Cheers @BCCI pic.twitter.com/CgWElgOOO1— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 19, 2021
Not all cricket watchers are fans of intimidatory bowling.
"Why is the ball hitting him again and again? They don't like him?" My girls are upset and want to go to the stadium and check on Pujara uncle rn.— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) January 19, 2021
Spider-man behind the stumps
Never a dull moment when Rishabh Pant is on the field. Here he is, singing a song from a video that went viral a few years ago, from a dodgy home-made Spider-man movie, while keeping in one of the most high-octane Tests of recent time. Never change, Pant.
Bodybuilding tips from Sunil Gavaskar
Lifting, schmifting, pfft. Sunil Gavaskar knows the secret to two-minute muscles
"That's the one big plus about the cricket ball is if you don't have muscles and you get hit over there in the biceps, when the swelling comes it actually looks as if you've got muscles."— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 19, 2021
- Sunil Gavaskar #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/4X8hcLbp0Q
Mohammed Siraj fulfills his father's dream
Mohammed Siraj got his maiden Test five-for, at the Gabba, but it was a bittersweet moment as he remembered his recently departed father.
Before the Border-Gavaskar Test series, Siraj lost his father. He then made a promise to himself. Today, he fulfilled it.— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2021
Siraj, we are all very proud of you. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/VUMhgJsJO4
Every fan counts
The birthday wish
Don't high-five Niroshan Dickwella
Ouch! Celebrations can often get a bit too rambunctious, but what a slap in the face this one is.
Whooops pic.twitter.com/jdttQXmX7G— Kate Cross (@katecross16) January 17, 2021
Oh no, did Justin Langer just... pour cold water all over Australia's plans at the Gabba?