Cricketer are tweeters! Blessed!



Experienced journalists tell me they’ve almost never heard the editor storm the floor of the office yelling “stop press!”, which seems to be a permanent fixture in all movies about newspapers. Wire services do have obituaries of prominent (and ageing) personalities ready to be published in case of any eventuality, but the number of times someone is wrongfully declared dead and has to say, “look at me, I’m clearly alive” are few and far between. But don’t be surprised if we now have to contend with news breaking through social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter. Let’s just say the Tweetbreak might become a thing of the future.

In cricket, which is largely a closed house, genuine news breaks are becoming few and far between. So when Australian opener Philip Hughes accidentally tweeted news of his dropping from the team for the third Test several hours before it was officially announced, it caused quite a stir.

Hughes, who tweets as PH408, posted: “Disappointed not to be on the field with the lads today. Will be supporting the guys, it’s a BIG test match 4 us. Thanks 4 all the support.” Since then, though, the Australian management team has gone into damage control mode. The assertion now is that Hughes didn’t actually post that message himself and rather it was his manager/agent Neil D’ Costa, who told the world of his axing. D’ Costs, who was in India at the time and co-ordinating with people back home in Australia lost track of the time difference from England, we are told.

But the inexperienced Hughes is by no means a pioneer, even as far as cricketers go. West Indies captain Chris Gayle has a huge following on Twitter, although his posts reveal little more than an annoying tendency to end every message with the word “Blessed!” On July 22, when the crisis between the West Indian board and its players was just about peaking, Gayle posted: “They not picking us for the first 2 games,so guess that sums up the situation!! They are the Boss playing hard Ball. (Sick ppl)” A few days later he was back to his charming self: “Heading to one of the biggest show in Jamaica- Reggae Sumfest( Dance hall Night) Blessed!!” and of course, the show took its toll: “Been sleeping all friday an saturday after Sumfest. Today is a bill back day!! Blessed.”

That most cricketers were active on Facebook was something we all knew. But Twitter? If it has caught on in India, we’re yet to hear of it. At a time when players guard their privacy and are deeply distrustful of the media, perhaps this is one avenue for them to stay directly in touch with their fans.

That is, of course, until one of them says something genuinely interesting, and a controversy brews.

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  • Guest

    I would like to know if that would mean that muslims will stop considering every non-muslim from being a kafir, who either needs to be eliminated or converted to Islam. If that were so, would not those muslims be guilty of violating the Quran which enjoins them to consider every non-muslim to be a inferior human being? Would they not be cast out of Islam?

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  • Wise Infidel

    It is hard to hug a criminal in reciprocal gesture! There is nothing in common between Indians and violently racist islamic occupiers of our land. We are liberal, progressive, democratic and secular following gandhi-giri, while savagely violent islamic communalists – SVIC – are up to no-good, being primitive, violent communal, backward, parochial, theocratic, anti-Jew, anti-HIndu, anti-Shia, anti-Christian, following dada-giri etc. There is no evidence to prove otherwise. No naked dance in public is gonna prove bona fides of basically malevolent SVIC in the evil minority who have subverted every insitiution of India to their brutally greedy ends..as in colonial era. We see no change after 1947.

    All the millennium long genocidal hate crimes on Indians that took 200 mil of our lives is rooted in this criminally and savagely hateful and greedy ideology of political islam.

    If I see monetary compensation for every one of our life lost as someone suggested, I can see reason to believe and trust that SVIC – savagely violent islamic communalist – is getting civilized. Till then, we have nothing to discuss. SVIC is not trust worthy having betrayed us so often down the ages…We see no change after 1947. If a criminal wants love and hug and kisses, he must serve time and post bond. Zero-tolerance towards deceitful and deceptive jihadis means no hugs…(I can re-post what I said in another blog to provide the context and pre-text). PBUH – PEACE BE UPON HINDUS – THE OM-SHANTI PEOPLE!! MORE POWER TO THEM!! An atheist

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  • Hariharmani

    Indians and India is a weak society and nation.It has no stomace for fight,at least for fight which might result in hurt to somebody.They cave in easily and then look for excuses and then give twist to their cowardice and wrap themselves in meaningless talk and bravado.It fools no one,the society has slowly been wounded drip by drip,remember 26/11,we patted ourself how mature we are for not retaliaiting,Really,could we have?that was never thought about or debated seriously,,just chalked up as another difficult decision not taken.It is same with Taslima,Satanic verses,and now his visit to Jaipur,if 22 jan go by without riot,we pat ourself on back,as if free speeach and caving into black mail means nothing,how much harm is done to India,in inter national standing,who cares?We then go back to business as usual and then wait for next disaster.

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