SK Social Round-up: February 15th - 22nd
Cricketers from across the world attracted attention on social media yet again with mesmerizing posts: some were emotional while others brought smiles on their fans' faces. With the internet bringing cricketers closer than ever to their admirers - sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram lead the way - there is a lot about their personal lives that the outside world is now becoming familiar with. Only days back there was an ugly spat between Ravichandran Ashwin and Herschelle Gibbs on Twitter, with not many appreciating what transpired.
However, Sportskeeda brings out the happier posts from the most active cricketers on social media, a round-up including an adorable photo by India's captain.
The Indian captain is busy leading the side on a lengthy tour of South Africa of 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20s but still found time to connect with his fans on Instagram. The newlywed Kohli posted a photo with his wife Anushka Sharma, revealing his feelings for her with a passionate hug and captioning it with the words "My one and only". With one T20 remaining on the tour, Indian supporters are hopeful his hot form continues.
The sacked former England captain is nearing the end of his career plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues all across the globe, and that led Kevin Pietersen to bid an emotional goodbye to his son before flying for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE. Just days back, he had hinted that the upcoming PSL matches would be the last of his professional career, thus mentioning that that goodbye would be the "last one I'll ever have to do".
The new ball bowler Jasprit Bumrah was seen celebrating India's maiden ODI series triumph on South African soil after India won the final ODI at Centurion to finish off the hosts 5-1 in the six-match series. With his unique bowling action, Bumrah himself collected 8 wickets in the series at 20.88, the third highest among bowlers from both sides. He took to Twitter to express his delight on the achievement.
Afghanistan's teenage sensation grabbed the headlines this week with yet another milestone in his kitty. Rashid Khan joined Bumrah at the top of the ODI bowlers' rankings with just decimal points keeping the 19-year-old behind. He too expressed his delight on Twitter after becoming the first from his country to shoot up that high and sit alongside more established cricketers.
India's hard-hitting opener Shikhar Dhawan may be bashing South Africa's bowlers in their own backyard with consistent displays in the ODI and the T20 series, but made it clear at the same time how much he missed his family while on tour. Posting a picture of his wife and two daughters on Instagram, Dhawan expressed his grief at having to stay away from them for so long.
Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma took time out to play golf with his teammates in South Africa, posting a photo with Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik and assistant coach Sanjay Bangar on Instagram yesterday. With India in a must-win situation to claim the T20 series against the hosts, Rohit seemed in a relaxed mood with little pressure getting to him.
The former India captain was busy promoting his new book in the national capital Delhi. Sourav Ganguly was visibly tired after pleasing the media for 10 hours consecutively, something, as per his post, he "never did as captain" of India. And he does request his fans to read it with the words "Do read it" capping off the post.