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Howzat! Raina blames Twitter blunder on nephew
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New Delhi, October 05, 2012
First Published: 12:59 IST(5/10/2012)
Last Updated: 21:52 IST(5/10/2012)

Suresh Raina has often been a trending topic on micro blogging site Twitter for his batting blitzkrieg. However on Friday, he and his 'nephew' were trending for a reason he would not have desired.

A tweet from his account ridiculed Pakistan cricket team.

The tweet sent after Pakistan were beaten by Sri Lanka in the semi-final match of World T20 in Colombo on Thursday said: "Ek do din late gaye ghar !!!! Woh bhi besharam ki tarah Gaye... Bye bye Pakistan!!!! "http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2012/10/raina%20tweet.JPG

The tweet was deleted a little later but the cricketer took one long day to realise his mistake and came up with a clarification.

On Friday, Suresh Raina tweeted an explanation that the controversial tweet was actually sent out by his nephew.

Facepalm moment. AFP

"Smart phones r dangerous. Discovered it last night after my nephew posted random tweets. I'm a sportsman and would never disrespect," he tweeted.

"Though I already deleted it, I felt its better to clarify. To all those who r upset, I'm sorry. I'm not one to show disrespect."

But Twitterati questioned the 'flimsy' excuse and some even poked fun at the limited-overs specialist and his 'nephew', to the extent that it gave birth to the spoof account @raina_nephew.

The oddity of the incident was how could his nephew get hold of his smartphone and tweet a random message in a span of mere two minutes.

Pakistan made it to the semi finals on the basis of higher run-rate after India could not restrict South Africa to 121 in their do-or-die Super Eight clash, Tuesday.

Pakistan crashed out of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup after they were beaten by Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Suresh Raina with teammates Zaheer Khan and Virat Kohli during a WorldT20 match in Colombo. AFP

Looking at Twitterati's reactions after his explanation, it seems they don't believe him though. #Raina, #RainaNephew started trending minutes after his tweets. Here are few funny tweets.


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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Team MP MW ML MT NR NRR Pts
Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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