World Cup Social Pavilion: Yuvraj Singh the centre of cricketing world while the Kiwis live it up in England

The man of the hour amidst all the chaos was undoubtedly Yuvraj Singh. The former swashbuckling Indian player announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket and sent social media into a frenzy.

Sumukh Padukote, Jun 11, 2019 14:30:44 IST

South Africa has got its first points in ICC Cricket World Cup. As ironic as it may sound, on the day South Africa got its first points, the odds on them to win the title have been slashed to half of what they were earlier.

In the aftermath of the storm that was the India vs Australia match, there was a relative calm in the World Cup. Although rain hampered plans of the Windies team to go for the big hits in the chase and succumb to their norm which is losing the match and winning the hearts, there was much to look forward to from their star player and #UniverseBoss Chris Gayle.


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Now that's what you call improv camera equipment. #CWC19 #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame

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On a rainy day, there was Chris Gayle was the shining light in social media. He always made for a happy picture.

 

 

 

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Looks like Chris Gayle has an "Appetite for Destruction" A post shared by Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) on


And the fans knew it. Chris Gayle was the therapy they needed yesterday.

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Would you sign the petition?✏ @chrisgayle333 the fans want more!! #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame

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Later that day in the most West Indian locker room...‍♂️⚅⚁ #CWC19 #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame A post shared by WINDIES Cricket (@windiescricket) on


Very little play was possible and Sergeant Sheldon Cottrell made full use of the seaming conditions. He chipped in with 2 wickets after the play was suspended only after 7 overs.

ICC were benevolent on their part to provide a handful of students with a tutorial on the salute a week ago and is now providing us with a handbook of Cottrell's salute. ICC sure is milking this celebration.

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Hashim Amla Aiden Markram Sheldon Cottrell's on fire this morning! #lovecricket #cricket

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However, the man of the hour amidst all the chaos was undoubtedly Yuvraj Singh. The former swashbuckling Indian player announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket and sent social media into a frenzy. BCCI released a fitting tribute to the all-rounder and so did ICC.

A ‘World Cup legend’, the ICC said.

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Yuvraj Singh's record at World Cups: 738 runs @ 52.71 20 wickets @ 23.10 Player of the Tournament in 2011 A World Cup legend #lovecricket #cricket #ThankYouYuvi

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However, the biggest honour on social media came from ICC. It changed its twitter cover photo to a picture of Yuvraj Singh celebrating on his knees. Elsewhere, everyone was having fun on their off days. The Kiwis were having a day at the tennis club in Nottingham doing odd things. When there's Jimmy Neesham, you can always expect a bit of madness.


ICC are surely milking Jimmy Neesham's humour quotient too. Neesham has been a part of every other video of the New Zealand cricket team.

Also, the Kiwis also look pretty eager to face India come Thursday.

 

 

 

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"Race ya to Thursday!" Our next @cricketworldcup assignment ➡️ vs India Trent Bridge = @skysportnz = @radio_sportnz ⏰ = 9:30pm (NZT) A post shared by BLACKCAPS (@blackcapsnz) on


Elsewhere, Kul-Cha were made to do things they are not comfortable at and it turned out just fine.

For now, the ICC has bestowed upon India their cover pic and pinned tweet to players from the Indian cricket team (hurts to say this but one is a former cricketer now). It was just a matter of time before our friends at Star Sports bestow upon us the 'Best Father' award. Not like we've been asking this while for all their ads and awards but we know it is bound to happen. Populism should be declared as India's word of the year by UNESCO. Whatever happened to the thin line between humour, condescension and crass. Not that we know anything of it. It's the Asian battle today as Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

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Bangladesh v Sri Lanka ️ 10:30 BST Bristol #️⃣ #BANvSL Will we see the #RiseOfTheTigers or the #LionsRoar in today's CWC19 match? A post shared by Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) on


Still a couple of days before India (minus Dhawan) take the field on Thursday. Until then, we've some time for weird games off-the-field from ICC, BCCI and Star Sports.

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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2019 20:15:26 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254