At around 12 am on Tuesday night, the Indian cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar, became the umpteenth public personality to join the twitter bandwagon. His first tweet read: ‘Finally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I’d like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies. (sic)’
The real Sachin
To confirm that he was not an imposter, his very next tweet was a picture of him with director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and photographer Atul Kasbekar. After which, Tendulkar cheekily tweeted, ‘Hanging with vinod chopra and @atulkasbekar...3 more idiots??? (sic)’ Over the next three hours, Tendulkar tweeted six more times, posting three more pictures. Two of which were candid images from Tendulkar’s personal album – one, with his ‘childhood buddy’, Atul Ranade, and another, of him holding giant crabs by the seaside. The third picture was the logo of United Nations Environmental Project (UNEP), which Tendulkar explained, was a part of his initiative as their global ambassador.
Incidentally, the UNEP logo is also the cricketing legend’s profile picture. Tendulkar amassed more than 5,000 followers in four hours. Impressed, he tweeted, ‘Can’t believe the response I got in such a short time. Had a wonderful dinner with my close friends tonight. The evening was superb. Goodnight. (sic)’ To confirm one final time that he was the real Sachin Tendulkar, the Little Master tweeted another candid shot of himself in bed, on his way to sleep, saying: ‘By the way this time it’s real me. No more wrong info... Good night. (sic)’ On Wednesday morning, he started the day by tweeting a congratulatory message to Indian opening batsman, Virender Sehwag, on becoming a father.
Happy father’s day
He tweeted, ‘Woke up to the good news that Sehwag has become father of another baby boy. I wish the baby all the happiness and above all, good health in life. (sic)’. He also tweeted about the hand injury he suffered from in the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League last month, ‘Hand not completely healed. In the IPL final I got a few hard knocks on the same spot while fielding (sic).’ He went on to mention that the stitches have been removed, but the doctor says that his hand will still take some more time to recover.
Tendulkar, whose bio reads ‘Proud Indian’, is one of only five Indian cricketers on Twitter. India’s explosive left-handed batsman, Yuvraj Singh (twitter id @yuvsingh09), was the first Indian cricketer to join Twitter. He was followed by, fast bowler and good friend, Zaheer Khan (@ImZaheer). The other two cricketers are upcoming batsmen Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) and Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45).
Bollywood glitterati, including Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty, Vivek Oberoi and Arjun Rampal, came together to welcome the master blaster on the website. Atul Kasbekar took credit for getting Tendulkar on twitter on Wednesday morning. He tweeted, ‘Lovely quiet evenin wt the Master last nite, I urged him 2b on twitter 2get rid of fakes, in my book that’s just not cricket, hello @sachin_rt (sic).’
At last count before going to press, Tendulkar had already crossed 20,000 followers over a single night and had been listed over 500 times. He currently follows only two people on Twitter – Zaheer Khan and Atul Kasbekar, who is, in fact, hoping to start a campaign to make Tendulkar the most followed celebrity on Twitterverse, and displace Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher from the top. You can follow Tendulkar at @sachin_rt and help in the cause.