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Social cricket: Kohli’s epic net, ‘Paper Planes’, Tremlett gun show & more

by Wisden Staff 6 minute read

A round-up of the best cricket-related tweets, vids and instas this week.

Everyone in the cricketing world took notice of one video in particular this week. That was Virat Kohli smashing anything and everything to all parts in what is now surely the most-watched net session in the history of the game.

It was inevitable that others would imitate the Kohli video with a comedic twist. This effort from sportsbet.com.au took the biscuit in that department.

Many people made the point that the sound off Kohli’s bat was gunshot-like. That sound arguably fitted perfectly with M.I.A’s classic hit ‘Paper Planes’.

At his best, Chris Tremlett was a terrifying prospect for batsmen. Now, after his retirement, Tremlett is even scarier. Look at the size of the man!

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Couple of weeks to go. This lunatic is still training harder than most … ? #babytremlett

A post shared by Chris Tremlett (@christremlett33) on

Meanwhile at Leicester City, Ben Chilwell showed that his ability with the bat is nearly as good as his left foot.

Ryan Sidebottom made friends with Peter Andre.

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Ohhh ohhhh ohhh ohhhh mysterious girl.. @peterandre what a legend and he’s 45! He looks mint! Big love ❤️ @maddieness_uk

A post shared by Ryan Sidebottom (@ryansidebottom_official) on

Marcus Harris made his Test debut for Australia this week, opening the batting against India in Adelaide. A photograph of him posing with Justin Langer, the current Australian head coach, was unearthed in the run-up to his debut.

Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket this week in this bizarre 12-minute video.

Announcement #Unbeaten

The most difficult decisions are often taken with the heaviest of hearts. And with one heavy heart, I’ve decided to make an announcement that I’ve dreaded all my life. Indian Cricket Team#Unbeaten

Posted by Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday, 4 December 2018


And finally, The Grade Cricketer was as cheeky as ever in their take of Aaron Finch’s dismissal on day two of Australia’s Test against India.

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