Updated: Dec 20, 2021
Once upon a time, before Twitter, fans were unable to know the inner-most thoughts of their favourite cricketers. Imagine such a world.
The public had no idea about what Javid Miandad had for breakfast, where Michael Holding was on holiday or even whether or not Steve Waugh appreciated the fans' support out there today.
So, I took it upon myself to re-imagine what might have been said on Twitter through important moments in Cricket History.
Something gives me the feeling that Bradman would have been almost too cool for social media, but he may have used it every so often, just to ensure the fact that everyone know how good he was.
Many of history's most controversial moments would also have been lived a second time round through pre-emptive tweets. Like this one from 2005 Trent Bridge Legend, Gary Pratt.
Of course some of the best cricketers have all time have lived into the era of Twitter and some have taken to social media like a duck to water.
Although Shane Warne is now active on Twitter he did not have a chance to express his delight at getting to 600 Test wickets at the time.
Fred Trueman certainly didn’t have an opportunity to tweet but I imagine it would have looked a little something like this if he had done.
The late, great Richie Benaud, the voice of cricket and gentleman of the game would have been incredibly popular on Twitter.
So much so, his carefully considered and concise tweets would gain a huge amount of traction.
Cricket Twitter is, of course, filled with sponsorship and advertising, and Historic Cricket Twitter would be no different. Dennis Lillee would no doubt have been trying to flog some of his sponsored stash.
Much like today, when big news hits the sporting world, we receive slow burning hints to build the tension, even when the news has been leaked and published the previous week.
Kerry Packer, a master of promotion, would no doubt have used Twitter to his advantage.
The inner-workings of a captain's mind may also have been on display back in the day.
After defeat in the 1975-76 Australia series, Clive Lloyd looked for a new game plan, maybe he would have even turned to Twitter for assistance.
WG Grace would have, of course, been hugely popular in his heyday. Fans from around the globe would have followed him for his thoughts on the game and the ego that built his personality even further to near-mythic status.