The Buzz: Ross Taylor needs volunteers to drink 100 bottles of wine

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.

Februrary 21

It’s a special day for Ross Taylor today, as with his 100th Test he becomes the first man to play a hundred matches in all three formats. And to mark the occasion, his team-mates and Ian Smith gifted him a hundred different bottles of wine, one to mark each Test of his career. When asked what he planned to do with it, Taylor said he was going to need some help drinking his way through the stash. Last seen: Merv Hughes and David Boon catching a flight to Welly.

Don Bradman, now in colour

In a serendipitous find, a bit of colour footage featuring Don Bradman – the only colour footage of him ever – has recently come to light. The film clip, apparently shot by George Hobbs, who worked as a cameraperson for ABC TV, was discovered by his son Adrian, who donated the film clip to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. With a little bit of sleuthing and corroborating the clip with other films in their archive, they were able to determine that the footage was from the AF Kippax and WA Oldfield testimonial match, at the SCG, shot in the afternoon of February 26, 1949.

Watch the clip here:

February 19

A day in the life of Smriti Mandhana

What does a day in the life of one of India’s top batters look like? Think healthy breakfasts, two-hour gym sessions followed by photoshoots, fielding strange questions on social media, nets practice under the blazing afternoon sun, and meeting and greeting fans at the end of a very long day. We knew the life of a cricketer was tough, but refusing cake for breakfast? We’d never be able to do it.

Bathroom singing featuring MS Dhoni, Parthiv Patel and Piyush Chawla

What are we to make of MS Dhoni‘s singing seshes on social media? Are there easter eggs in the lyrics revealing whether he’ll be available for the T20 World Cup? Is he going to start a record label? Are music-streaming apps scrambling to sign him on for endorsements? The previous video appeared to have been shot at a karaoke bar. This one’s in a rest room. What does it all mean??

February 19

Tendulkar dedicates his Laureus award to India

Yesterday Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian to pick up a Laureus World Sports award. He accepted the award for the Best Sporting Moment, for that indelible day in 2011 when he lifted the World Cup for India. The award by presented by Steve Waugh and Boris Becker, who had Tendulkar relive the moment. “The feeling of winning the World Cup was beyond what words can express,” Tendulkar said. “How many times you get an event happening where there are no mixed opinions, there are no mixed views? Very rarely there are no opinions, everyone sits together and celebrates and this is a reminder again of how powerful sport and what magic it does to all our lives. We experience the power of sport.”

Tendulkar said his journey to that moment began on another historic day, in 1983, when as a ten-year-old, he watched India win the cricket World Cup for the very first time. “I didn’t understand the significance of winning that trophy then, but somewhere I knew something important had happened in the country and I wanted to experience that one day. I chased that moment, that trophy for 22 years, but I never gave up. I never lost hope. I was merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen, India, and that has given me a lot of satisfaction.”

You can watch the entire speech here:

February 18

Heather Knight’s hat game might be a little off

The Women’s T20 World Cup is going to be wild. First, the players hung out with koalas and now they look like they are going to catch some crocs. Who’s got the best hat game among the captains here? Certainly not Heather Knight (centre, squatting), who got trolled by her team-mates for it. Alex Hartley replied to the tweet asking if her vigorous fanning of the hat was to cool down Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof (in front of her) and Kate Cross pointed out that she was the only one holding the hat in her left hand.

February 17

Leg guards are now a high-fashion accessory

It’s that time of the year when weird and wonderful fauna gather to display their most ostentatious plumage, or, as the rest of the world knows it, fashion week. And ever so often, fashion throws up something so inexplicable, it leaves everyone… er… stumped. Exhibit A:

We have a lot of questions. Was the model in the middle of a game of cricket when she was interrupted by fashion week? Is this how models pass the time between shows? Is this what cricketers do in the dressing room? Is that why it’s called a dressing room?

Stuart Broad, though, thought it was a perfectly sensible move

Jimmy Anderson had already got his strategy figured out.

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