New Delhi: It was probably this one platform where Sachin Tendulkar didn't have a presence. But not anymore, as the Master Blaster made his Facebook debut on Monday morning. And what more, he already has 4,07,908 -- and counting, of course -- likes in a matter of hours.
Tendulkar had earlier created an internet stampede of a sort when he had made an an entry to the Twitter world in 2010, leaving behind the likes of popular celeb twitter on the very first day. AT present the cricketer has a following 26,80,791 on his twitter handle @sachin_rt.
The page -- facebook.com/SachinTendulkar -- will have Tendulkar interacting with his fans, through posts and videos as well, apart from giving an update of his matches. The page will also have some exclusive pictures of the cricketer.
Tendulkar, of late, has been under the scanner for his supposed lack of feet movement and timing. He drew criticisms after New Zealand bowlers dislodged his stumps three consecutive time in the recently concluded Test series. The 39-year-old has played in 190 Tests, the most by any player. He has also played the maximum number of One Day Internationals with 463 to his name.
Making a debut at the age of just 16 against Pakistan in 1989, Tendulkar recently completed his 100th international century. Playing for India, he has almost every batting record to his name, apart from scripting epic partnerships with some the other stalwarts of Indian cricket. He has 15533 Test and 18426 ODI runs to his credit -- again, the most any batsman has on the planet.
Along with with Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble, Tendulkar made up the 'famous five' of Indian cricket that took it to being a force to reckon with in the cricketing world. He was a part of India World Cup winning team in 2011.
Following the recent retirements of Dravid and Laxman -- Kumble and Ganguly had gone in 2008 -- and a recent dip in form, their have been talks of his retirement too. Though Tendulkar himself has given no such indications, his supporters feel that it's a matter of time that he again comes up with his century number 101.
In his Facebook page, he has wished the Under-19 World Cup winning team and has also praised them for playing great cricket in Australia. He also talks about his journey and how he finally got to realise his dream of lifting the World Cup after 22 years of playing cricket.
The cricket maestro has also talked about Yuvraj Singh and hailed comeback to cricket after fighting against a cancerous tumor. "To me Yuvi is a champion, once a champion will always be a champion. I was really happy that he got the Man of the Series, Man of the tournament in the World Cup and then yes, he had health problems," wrote Tendulkar on his page.