So, another year has gone by. A horrible one, the consensus seems to be. Too many the world held dear have passed on. The political happenings over the last 12 months could have ramifications for the next decade, and more. And all in all, the world at large is just happy to see the back of 2016.

Fortunately, through it all, cricket stood tall, staying true to the ray of hope it is. For every depressing turn the world took, on the pitch there was something to redress the balance. Think of the Misbah-ul-Haq push-ups at Lord’s. Those Virat Kohli specials. The countless jigs on the field, led by Dwayne Bravo’s Champion.

Thankfully, we have social media acting as a historian, and it is through this prism that we’ll relive this year.

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The year got off to a blistering start, thanks to a name no one had heard before. Pranav Dhanawade’s unbeaten 1009 – no extra ‘0’ there – was soon heard all the way over in England.

Soon, another youngster had the world following his lead. Ladies and gentlemen: The Chest Roll, by Shamar Springer.

And Virat Kohli had a message for all the women out there.

Just as roll was the theme as the Under-19 side went on to win the World Cup. Similarly, the Champion dance powered the senior side’s assault on the World Twenty20.

“DJ … Bravo, DJ … Bravo. Everybody know Chris Gayle is a Champion. Champion, champion…”

Sachin Tendulkar may be cricketing royalty, but in April, he found himself getting batting tips from traditional royalty.

Soon, it was time to cross over to the Indian Premier League, with all its razzmatazz. There was no Chennai Super Kings, this time, but there was a reunion.

To all our CSK fans this pic is for u Chennai u will be miss #champion

A photo posted by Dwayne Bravo (@djbravo47) on

Virat Kohli took the tournament by storm …

Even those who didn’t play much got something out of the tournament.

But for all Kohli and RCB’s efforts, it was Sunrisers Hyderabad who prevailed when it mattered.

Kohli was disappointed, of course. But there was a much-needed distraction – Euro 2016. Because of this one tweet, the German footie side would have had countless new Indian affiliations.

It also meant Kohli wasn’t swayed by Luis Figo’s best efforts to charm him.

Or Harry Kane’s.

Sticking with football, take a load of this! Trevor Bayliss, ladies and gentlemen…

Meanwhile, other efforts for post-IPL vacations didn’t entirely work out. Even in New York, anonymity was hard to come by, when Glenn Maxwell and Adam Zampa hailed a cab.

Uh oh. Thank god for cricket. Brexit – the fun version – via James Taylor.

Piers Morgan’s call for peace in our time was big hit, for reasons quite obvious.

And in Sri Lanka, spirit of cricket found a new meaning.

As the year went on, Virender Sehwag became more of a presence on Twitter, the highlight of which was this birthday wish to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Then there were the challenges, each better than the other. There was the mannequin challenge …

The best of which probably was Kohli-led India’s after they swept England 4-0 in the five-match series.

Then there was the Tracer Bullet challenge, posed by Ravi Shastri – who else.

Even legends gave it a go. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. Think Rahul won this one ….

And to cap this year, we have R Ashwin. He’s had a phenomenal year, and was rightly named ICC Cricketer of the Year. But perhaps, right at the fag end of the year, he’s discovered a new calling?

That’s for 2017, then. Ashwin – the meme master.

(With inputs from Tanya Kini)