February 2, 2011

Ryder's twitter blues

Jesse Ryder, not new to controversy, finds himself in hot water again

Jesse Ryder, not new to controversy, finds himself in hot water again. No, this time it is not any alcohol-related indiscretion; rather, it's his tweet on social networking site Twitter where he had a dig at fellow Wellington batsman Stephen Murdoch. Ryder, who was opening for Wellington against Northern Districts in Sunday’s game in the NZC One Day Competition, was run out for 4 after a mix-up with his partner Murdoch. Ryder, no doubt frustrated with his dismissal, tweeted: "I just got run out by my other batter. What a waste of time this day is ... I love getting left high an [sic] dry by my other batter."

However, this has not gone down to well with New Zealand Cricket – NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said, “You get the good with the mediocre. We let the players know there are limits, but it's the way society is, it's a fact of life and I don't think we can preclude it." But Vaughan did add that Ryder venting his frustration through tweeting was “better than throwing a bat against a wall." Ryder found support from team-mate Scott Styris, who tweeted: “Don't let the idiots get to you bud! The media are the problem, not you". New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, though, is not a big fan of tweeting. “I'm not as much of a narcissist as Scotty so I can't get on it,” Vettori said.”They can do what they want, they're all grown men."

Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo