Lalit Modi seems to be on a record breaking Twitter marathon. Ever since the fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off, the former chairman of the cricket league, who now lives in London, seems to be spending hours tweeting during the matches. His tweets are about the game, the players, every six scored, his predictions — basically everything happening on the field. While many are amused at the rate his tweeting marathon is perhaps beating professional cricketing sites, some feel this is his way of staying attached with the league that was his passion.
“Lalit Modi created IPL. So he takes a proprietorial interest in it. He has a vested interest in running it down today. But he also knows that if the IPL goes, he will be forgotten. That’s his only claim to fame. So let him tweet. Let us hear his point of view,” says filmmaker Pritish Nandy, an avid Twitter user. “I don’t follow him on Twitter but I think he is doing it as he is curious about what’s happening here. He still wants to be involved with the game,” says cricketer Akash Chopra. Alyque Padamsee, communication consultant, says, “Lalit Modi is emotionally attached to IPL, it is his baby, he can’t stay away.”
Even Modi’s adversaries don’t seem to mind his Twitter-chatter with his 4.7 lakh followers. “Modi has long been associated with IPL. He must be missing the action, and we see no harm in this. We don’t mind whether the tweets are negative or positive,” says Rajeev Shukla, the current IPL chairman.
April 23, 2012
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Modi tweeted: 30 times
April 22, 2012
Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
Modi tweeted: 40 times
April 21, 2012
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals.
Modi tweeted: 35 times