Cricketers usually spend most of their time away from home and family, whether it’s going out on tours, training or playing matches. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has given everyone around the world more time to cherish with their loved ones. Australian coach Justin Langer actually referred to this extended break as ‘nirvana’ for his players.
Now that live cricket is back, teams have started to get back to the field and accept the new normal. But the situation is still grave in multiple parts of the world, and therefore with more time in hand, our favourite cricketers have picked up some interesting hobbies to get through this difficult period. Here we take a look at some of them.
LIVE SESSIONS THE WAY TO GO
Most of the cricketers showed a side of their personality on Instagram’s live feature which was never seen by the outside world. It seems like this lockdown has helped cricketers become ever so closer to their fan following and the conversations which used to happen in dressing or hotel rooms are happening live for everyone to witness. Rohit Sharma was one of the first ones to start this trend and steadily a number of cricketers jumped onto this bandwagon. World stars like AB de Villers to Kevin Pietersen and even top Indian cricketers like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya all have had multiple Instagram live sessions over the past few months. These have definitely been a treat to watch for all of us.
NEW HOSTS IN TOWN
It seems like a few of our cricketers have already planned out their post-cricket careers. A few of them have started their own talk shows giving the top presenters in the country a run for their money. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has started his show ‘Reminiscence with Ash’ where he’s seen having riveting conversations with top cricketers of the world. India’s women’s cricket team stars, Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandana have also come together to produce a fun talk show called ‘Double Trouble’, which again features the top talent from our country and beyond.
NEW SHADES OF ‘KING’ & ‘SIR’
Indian captain Virat Kohli has finally got a much-deserved break and he seems to be enjoying it to the absolute best. He constantly puts up inspirational workout videos but at the same time, the video of him getting a fresh trim from wife Anushka Sharma actually broke the internet. Virat has also taken to Instagram Live and has done some top-class interviews. Our favourites are the ones with de Villers and with the Indian football team captain, Sunil Chhetri. His camaraderie and the friendship with the two was fantastic to witness and really gave us a glimpse of the fun soul behind the tough exterior.
Sir Ravindra Jadeja, as he is fondly called, has added more arsenal to his trademark Rajput style with videos of him riding a white stallion. The all-rounder has also been putting out workout videos and the one with him swinging the sword was superb. Looks like Jadeja is promising to keep all the Rajput traditions alive this lockdown.
RISE OF A NEW SENSATION
Australian superstar David Warner is now known as a TikTok superstar. We’re pretty certain the new generation will remember Warner for his TikTok masterclass rather than his exploits on the field. Along with his family, Warner has led the way when it comes to publishing quality fun content. Lockdown has provided a chance to the world to witness a different side to the Australian’s personality and we have to admit, we are loving it!
PAIR UP AND HAVE FUN
Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant have recently come together and started doing net sessions. The southpaw duo goes live on Raina’s Instagram handle and are seen practicing and training hard. They’ve brought back their days of rolling the wickets and preparing the net sessions all by themselves and their hard work is both commendable and entertaining.
LEGENDS ON A DIFFERENT FIELD
This lockdown has also seen former cricketers who had nothing to do with social media previously making their Instagram debut courtesy of Raunak Kapoor. Raunak has started his own Instagram talk show called ‘Beyond the Field’ which has seen the likes of Rahul Dravid, Michael Holding, Ian Chappell, Daniel Vettori and Mahela Jayawardena, to name a few, making their debut on Instagram. It’s been fascinating to see these celebrities getting a taste of social media and struggling to deal with it.
NOTHING LIKE HOUSEHOLD CHORES
Finally, the lockdown has also provided our cricketers with an opportunity to understand how day-to-day work is done at home. Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanjay Manjrekar have all kept us entertained by putting up relatable content of them struggling with housework without the help of their domestic staff amidst the pandemic.
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