The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the global body overlooking the cricketing world. Its social media handles are a great method of sharing updates on the latest developments surrounding cricketing events around the world. Apart from that, the social media handlers ICC have a Herculean task of keeping the millions of fans engaged.
In a bid to do so, the handles, once in a while, share memes to appeal to the lighter side of its audience. While doing so they troll the cricketers to give their fans a healthy laugh. Today, we take a look at five such instances when the global body trolled cricketers.
The latest victim of ICC’s memes is Pakistan pacer, Hasan Ali. The global body trolled him for the way he got out while attempting to slog Kagiso Rabada. In the 109th over, Ali attempted an ambitious shot off Rabada but ended up missing the ball and saw his middle stump uprooted. It wasn’t the best choice of shot and ICC’s social media handle made the most of it. It was also the 200th Test wicket for Rabada.
ESPN Cricinfo tweeted about the 10 best matchups in cricket history. And one of them featured Shoaib Akhtar and Steve Smith. Reacting to the post, the former Pakistan pacer replied that he can dismiss Smith off the fourth ball following three vicious bouncers. ICC saw this as an opportunity and reacted with a hilarious post where a man could be seen laughing at Akhtar’s comment. The Rawalpindi Express didn’t take it well and hit back at the ICC, questioning their neutrality and the way they function.
Even the God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, was not spared by the global body. Sachin posted a video of him playing in the nets with Vinod Kambli back in May 2019. In the video, he was seen bowling way in front of the crease during the fun session. ICC took notice of the same and replied: “Watch your front foot” along with a picture of the former umpire, Steve Bucknor. The former Indian batsman was the victim of quite a few controversial decisions by Bucknor and hence, the cheeky response from ICC.
The Ashes 2019 was one of the toughest times in Australian opener David Warner’s career. He had a torrid time against Stuart Broad in particular as he was dismissed by the Englishman on seven occasions in just the five games. Cricket.com.au’s Twitter handle tweeted, “David Warner resumes his battle with Stuart Broad” on the first day of the 4th Test. But the Australian batsman got out for a duck at the hands of the English pacer. Retweeting the post ICC commented “this aged well” and trolled the batsman for his struggles against Broad.
Bowling in a World Cup game against Bangladesh, Mohammed Hafeez bowled a loopy full toss. Without wasting the opportunity, ICC made a very hilarious post out of the incident. They made a hilarious video where the ball went out of the world and into the universe. Chris Gayle, who is popularly known as the “Universe Boss” was seen in the video. Even Shahid Afridi featured in the video doing his iconic celebration. The video left many fans in splits.