Fake IPL player doesn't reveal identity as promised

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/iplknightriders.jpg' class='caption'> The blogger, who calls himself a Fake IPL Player, has left everyone guessing by not coming out with the disclosure in what is ostensibly his last post.

Updated: May 21, 2009 14:30 IST
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New Delhi:

After promising to reveal his identity at the end of Kolkata Knight Riders' Indian Premier League campaign, the blogger, who calls himself a Fake IPL Player, has left everyone guessing by not coming out with the much-awaited disclosure in what is ostensibly his last post.

In a video post titled 'FIP RIP', a shadow declares himself to be the fake IPL player.

"This is me the fake IPL player or FIP as you sometimes call me. It's been four weeks, 43 posts and about 70,000 comments till now. Behind all the grease paint, I am just another faceless guy. I grew up in Delhi, where I learnt my art. I have travelled and worked almost all over India," he says.

The blog became wildly popular during the IPL for its hilarious posts on the IPL teams and players. The blogger claimed that he was a fringe player in the Kolkata Knight Riders team who would never get a chance to be in the playing XI.

His posts ridiculing the Knight Riders and the rest of the IPL teams made him immensely popular among citizens and drew sharp reactions from the KKR management with the team's official website calling the blog an example of "poison-pen writing".

"Actually I grew up on cricket. One of the earlier memories being that of grinning Kapil Dev running back to the pavilion after beating England in the 1983 World Cup semi-final. But somewhere along the faceless journey of life, I happened to get intimately exposed to cricket. From the Kings of Bollywood to the pimps of cricket and vice-versa," FIP says.

Claiming himself to be an insider, the blogger, who had opened an online poll asking citizens whether he should reveal his identity, ultimately stopped short of doing it.

"Yes I am an insider. I am the fly on the wall, the ghost in the darkness.

"Being intimately involved, I think I saw a lot more happening that most people saw on TV. I saw so much. It will probably take me a book or two to spill it all in. But if I actually write a book, I will be history even if my book is not. Still, it is a story that has to be told," says the FIP.

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