It was a moment of celebration for cricket fans across the world as they witnessed the return of international cricket after three months. It was clear that the match being played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, United Kingdom, between England and West Indies, was about more than just the game. It was also about the sheer joy of live cricket.
Twitter became the perfect sports companion for cricket fans as it united them, encouraging public conversation and dialogue, in the true spirit of the game. The hashtag #ENGvWI made it to the top of India trends chart as Indian cricketers and fans celebrated the return of cricket. Indian cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, R.Ashwin and many others, shared their joy in Tweets.
Cricket is back Positive scenes coming out from UK. So good to finally see some cricket being played. Wishing both teams the best. Can’t wait to be out there myself #EngVsWI — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 8, 2020
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 8, 2020
So nice to see that cricket is back! Good luck to both the teams! Can’t wait to get back on the field again #ENGvWI — Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 8, 2020
“Whatever happens from here on in, cricket will be the winner” The above statement has been used so many times in the past, today is one day where it will fit in perfectly. Good luck to both the teams. #cricketisback #ENGvsWI
— Ashwin (During Covid 19) (@ashwinravi99) July 8, 2020
Live cricket returns today. Here's hoping for a successful and safe series. And hoping it leads the start of live cricket all over the world with precautions of course. Good luck to both teams. #ENGvWI — Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 8, 2020
Finally , Cricket is Back and Its Trending No.1 in india . Good Riddance from those Racist , Negative & sometimes Paid No.1 trends we have been seeing since past 4 months . Sports is a Healer .#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/bXE37mbMbq
— Vivek Sharma (@IMViiku) July 8, 2020
We have seen numerous tosses in Cricket, but this one will be surely remembered forever Welcome back, Cricket! ❤ You have always been there in our minds, just missed you at the ground #ENGvWI #cricketisback pic.twitter.com/0sXOidaeTt — North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) July 8, 2020
— Adil Rasheed (@imadilr) July 8, 2020
Nothing says Test cricket is back better than a batsman trying to leave the ball off a good length and getting the top of his off stump knocked off! #ENGvWI Welcome back Test cricket you were missed so much! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R0mUfsipXk — Aniket Pathak (@HafizKafir) July 8, 2020
First day with this crew @BBCSport. Off and running - a ☔️ affected day but so glad cricket is back! #ENGvWI #bbccricket @philtufnell @MichaelVaughan @TridentSportsX @AlisonMitchell pic.twitter.com/pkzigjo3PE
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) July 8, 2020