It has been a fantastic year for cricket fans with some fabulous contests between bat and ball. And many of these fans took to Twitter to express their joys and frustrations. Here’s a collection of the best tweets in the year:
Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement
Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement this year in October just ahead of the Test series against the West Indies. Incidentally, the 2nd and last Test of the series was his 200th Test as well. Only player to do so.
BCCI in partnership with Twitter India and Digigraph came up with a huge campaign ‘#ThankYouSachin’ which was a major success on the micro blogging site. The campaign provided digital signatures to the fans when anyone used to tweet to @BCCI with a #ThankYouSachin hashtag.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 6, 2013
This picture of Tendulkar with the 22-yard strip will remain in every fans’ memory forever.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 23, 2013
A pic of teary-eyed Tendulkar.
— Nikhil CCN™ (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 26, 2013
Sachin’s reply to his fans, which you can see generated more than 17,000 retweets.
I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 13, 2013
Last but not the least, a tribute the great man.
— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) November 20, 2013
Jacques Kallis’s retirement
Jacques Kallis, one of the best all-rounder in cricket and probably the best of the lot. Kallis announced his retirement just before the 2nd Test against India at Durban. He scored a classy 115 against the Indian bowling attack on his last Test.
Here are some of the best tweets on King Kallis’s retirement:
Sir Gary Sobers and King Kallis will have a longer CV than every other cricketer
— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) December 29, 2013
Indian players forming a guard of honour for Kallis:
Now this is some stat:
Captain Graeme Smith with an emotional good bye in his last Test
— Sadam shahani (@Sadam_Shahani) December 29, 2013
A tweet on low turn out for Kallis’s last Test:
There is empty stands in Durban in Kallis farewell match, because even SA audiences stopped watching cricket after Sachin’s retirement.
— EngiNerd (@mainbhiengineer) December 30, 2013
The Homework gate
The Australian tour of India was a forgettable one for the Aussies. India had taken 2-0 lead in the series and just before the 3rd Test, four Australian players – Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were banned for playing in the 3rd Test by the Australian management.
The controversial sequence was named #HomeworkGate by the tweeps after it was revealed that Australian coach then, Mickey Arthur had a fallout with the players after failing to submit a ’5 point dossier’ on ‘how to win the remaining two Tests’. Here are some of the best tweets on the controversy:
Apparently Micky Arthur has given Australian batsmen a new homework: to grow moustache like Shikhar Dhawan.
— Stereotypewriter (@babumoshoy) March 16, 2013
— Thomas Bick (@TommyBick) March 12, 2013
— Gleeso (@gleeso73) March 11, 2013
— Shooter’s XI (@ShootersXI) May 11, 2013
— Murzo (@murzo_4) March 15, 2013
The 6th edition of the Indian Premier League
This year’s IPL will be remembered for some blistering innings by Gayle, Miller, Watson and Suresh Raina to name a few. And some awesome catches by Ricky Ponting and Gurkeerat Singh. Mumbai Indians went on to win the tournament as Sachin Tendulkar received a fitting farewell from the IPL.
The ugly side of the IPL was exposed as 3 players from Rajasthan Royals were arrested by Delhi police for spot-fixing including Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth. In a separate case, Mumbai Police arrested Vindu Dara Singh and Gurunath Meiyappan for alleged betting and having links with bookies. Here are some of the best tweets on these events:
On Gayle’s 66 ball 175*:
Life is all about taking the right decision,seeing Gayle bat today I think I took the right decision of being a wicket keeper.
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) April 23, 2013
— amol rajan (@amolrajan) April 23, 2013
On RP Singh’s last ball howler:
— Sir Cricket (@SirCricket) April 14, 2013
On the catches:
On Ricky Ponting, Sachin and Mumbai Indians’ win:
Virat Kohli’s miss:
On spot-fixing, illegal betting and ban:
— Si? J?h?™ (@_Sir_John_) May 28, 2013
— APRAMEYA .C (@APRAMEYAC) May 24, 2013
— Ricky Simms (@ricky_simms) May 16, 2013
ICC Champions Trophy
India won the final edition of the ICC Champions Trophy by beating England. Some brilliant performances from Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja stole the show as MS Dhoni became the only captain to win all the ICC major tournaments.
Here are some of the best tweets on the tournament:
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 23, 2013
T20 World Cup IPL ODI World Cup ICC Champions Trophy All won by MS Dhoni, in the last six years!
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 23, 2013
— J????¤S???v?n?? (@SaravITVFC) December 23, 2013
— CricIndian (@CricIndian) June 24, 2013
The ICC has confirmed that the #ct13 was the final edition of the Champions Trophy. In 2017, we’ll have the World Test Championship instead.
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) June 29, 2013
Two Ashes series in 2013 paved way for some really good quality cricket and some on-field and off-field banter. When we saw some really good performances from both the sides, it was some of the antics which caught the most attention on twitter.
On the urine-gate at the Oval after England won the series:
England players celebrate winning the Ashes with the Sprinkler. Yet again! #urinegate
— The Middle Stump (@TheMiddleStump) August 26, 2013
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) August 26, 2013
On the DRS blunders, especially Usman Khawaja’s dismissal:
The Khawaja dismissal should not be used to highlight the pros and cons of DRS. The dismissal was entirely due to human stupidity. #Ashes
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 1, 2013
— Bryce McGain (@BryceMcGain18) August 1, 2013
Key Match-ups: – Broad vs Rogers – Swann vs Khawaja – Watson vs DRS #Ashes
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 1, 2013
On Stuart Broad’s (not) walking incident:
On Warner punching Joe Root controversy:
Apparently David Warner’s contact on Joe Root was so poor that Snicko couldn’t even detect it. RB — Richie Benaud (@Richiebenaud1) June 12, 2013
On Mitchell Johnson’s moustache and his brilliant performances throughout the year:
The plight of Ishant Sharma
It was the 3rd ODI between India and Australia, the Aussies needed 44 runs off the last 18 deliveries. James Faulkner smashed 30 runs off Ishant Sharma’s over to tunr the match on its head as they went on to win by 4 wickets. Twitterverse were not amused and Ishant Sharma was made a butt of all the jokes nad humorous one liners on twitter:
Positives for Indian fans: – Dhoni and Kohli in awesome form. – Ravi Jadeja’s bowling. – Ishant Sharma will never play ODIs again. — Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) October 19, 2013
For bowling accurately, Ishant Sharma needs to be equipped with Instrument Landing System, GPS and Autopilot. — Rofl Indian (@Roflindian) October 23, 2013
The year of Shikhar Dhawan and Ravindra Jadeja
The duo of ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan had a terrific year. While Jadeja contributed with his bowling, stamped himself as a genuine all-rounder for India, Dhawan on the other hand played some really brilliant innings for India. Not to forget the moustache. #JadejaFacts trended in India for a some time:
Jadeja is so quick, that once he took a bat-n-pad catch while fielding at the long on boundary. #JadejaFacts
— Gabbar Singh (@GabbbarSingh) March 24, 2013
Sir Jadeja can take all 20 wickets in first inning only. #JadejaFacts
— LOLendra Singh (@LOLendraSingh) March 24, 2013
— Shubham Joshi (@SJ_Shubhamjoshi) June 21, 2013
— Chiranjeev Kumar (@TheTechieBoy) April 14, 2013
— chennai walah (@chennai_walah) March 24, 2013
Shikhar Dhawan was not far behind, thanks to his intimidating moustache and some innings which defined him:
— Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) August 12, 2013
We can’t watch Shikhar Dhawan’s innings in real-time but we can close our eyes and imagine him twirling his moustache.
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 12, 2013
— ICC (@cricketicc) June 11, 2013
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) March 16, 2013
Quickest to 1000 ODI runs for India is in 24 inngs by Virat Kohli and now Shikhar Dhawan #IndvsAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 30, 2013