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As if the Fake IPL Player didn't do enough damage to the image and sense of well-being among India's elite cricketers, now comes news of "fake" Twitter accounts that claim to be voicing similar thoughts in the first person. And not just any old person: MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir.
The "views" expressed are far removed from the anodyne comments usually trotted out by the stars. In one tweet, Dhoni - or his alter ego - regrets the unfulfilled potential of Vinod Kambli, saying he could have been as great as Tendulkar or Lara.
Yet even pseudo-Dhoni - the real man's brother Narendra has officially denied any family link with the Twitterer - seemed to have got cold feet for within hours there was another tweet reaffirming that Tendulkar was indeed the greatest batsman ever. How predictable...Bring back the Fake IPL Player, we say!