February 2, 2011

Ryder's twitter blues

Akhila Ranganna

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

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