This Kid Ate A Whole Watermelon At The Cricket And Became A Huge Star

The first Australian hero of 2016 ‪#‎watermelonboy‬.

1. A boy brought a watermelon to Melbourne’s Big Bash cricket derby, and became an instant legend.

2. He started early, and a hashtag was born.

3. Soon pics of a younger #watermelonboy emerged.

4. People felt they’d seen him somewhere before.

5. Some started wondering how he was getting home.

@tensporttv #watermelonboy His new car

— Daniel Brewer (@danbrewerradio)

7. His highlights reel was quite something.

Wondering what #WatermelonBoy is all about - here's his best bits #SeedsSkinAndAll

— TEN Sport (@tensporttv)

8. Journalists speculated what he was up to.

Relax, the young fella is only making himself a new helmet #watermelonboy #BBL

— Peter Brown (@SydneyEditor)

9. Soon stores were selling out of watermelons.

Dear #watermelonboy you have inspired me to go to my local green grocer to get me some @tensporttv

— Daniel Brewer (@danbrewerradio)

10. Not bad kid, not bad.

Here is the final effort from #watermelonboy @tensporttv @mcg @BBL

— Tony Schibeci (@theschibecsta)

11. #watermelonboy, bringing people together since January 2, 2016.

Something about a young boy eating a watermelon bringing cricket fans and non-fans together gives me hope for 2016. #watermelonboy

— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell)

12. PS: #watermelonboy strutted his stuff at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, in front of a record Big Bash League crowd of 80,883 .

STARS WIN! What a night at the @MCG! Outstanding knock from Luke Wright to finish with 109* #BBL05

— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL)

13. Update 08:45 AEDT, January 3: #watermelonboy, aka 10-year-old Mitchell Schebeci, appeared on The Today Show on Sunday morning, still eating. Basically, he did it for the LOLs.

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Simon Crerar is founding editor of BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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