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Amazing how Twitter could be a third eye into what a reporter can never dream of breaching — the confines of a team dressing room or a hotel room. Just log on to the microsite, type any name of an IPL team player and you could get minute-to-minute details of what they are doing. Literally!
While the heaviest users among them remain players like Chris Gayle, who tweets anything from what he is having in room service breakfast to arriving in India on a private jet, others could actually give you an insight on how the teams are going about their business.
Check the handles of players like Brett Lee or Gautam Gambhir and you could actually keep a tab on what Kolkata Knight Riders do every day. Take the case of Lee. Overjoyed at having former teammate Brad Haddin back in the team, the KKR mentor tweeted two days back: “Great to see Hadds back in town. Running around at training like a 21 year old.”
Ryan ten Doeschate, KKR's Dutch recruit whose chance of getting a start is dim, is another active tweeter. “Celebrating @BrettLee_58 course record at RCGC.14 balls lost in 18 holes.(Actually) Myself & @Eoin16 taken the first lot of winnings. #kkr,” tweeted Ten Doeschate on Saturday.
The most interesting tweets, however, were reserved for match day. England's Eoin Morgan, finally getting a game and one of the first to step on to the field, tweeted: “Eden Gardens sold out for tonight should be an amazing atmosphere.”
“Team meeting at 530 pm. Haddin first to walk in. #KorboLorboJeetbo. No surprise there!” This is true,” tweeted Lee before the match.
And there were also a few messages which established an instant connect with the fans.
“Thanks all you lovely people. Purple is our colour and gold is what we are after,” tweeted KKR captain Gambhir just over an hour before the start of Wednesday's opening game.