Social Media Snares: Cricketers Who Have Been Exposed (Part 2)

By Dhanu Delphi on October 11, 2019

If you have not read Part 1, go ahead and give it a read as we look at two of the premier all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Ben Stokes. In Part 2, we look at the lives of current and retired cricketers who still serve the game through their commentary stints. They could still probably use some social media training.

KL Rahul

Rahul has 4.1 million followers on Instagram and is very active with over 500 posts. While Rahul has used social media to engage with his fans and grow his brand, his so-called fans turn on him whenever he plays poorly and their comments are extremely negative and hurtful.

Rahul has had a habit of posting a lot of pictures of his life outside of cricket. You will find a number of pictures of him traveling, modelling and just chilling out. This gives his fans the impression that he is not spending enough time practicing and working on his game. When he ends up having a poor run in T20, ODI or test cricket, his fans use Instagram to troll him and remind him that he needs to spend less time with his modelling activities.

We don’t know if KL Rahul reads his comment section or ignores it. However, that kind of negativity is bound to impact him in one way or another and it could be affecting his game.

Sanjay Manjrekar

The former Indian batsman now turned commentator has a massive following of 3.1 million on Twitter. He is paid by the BCCI to share his views and opinions on the game during his TV commentary stints. However, Manjrekar also shares his honest opinion which can sometimes be rather biased via his tweets.

He took a crack at Ravindra Jadeja during the 2019 ICC World Cup and called him a bits and pieces cricketer in the ODI format. Ironically, Jadeja went on to play really well in the World Cup. He made Manjrekar look foolish both by his performance on the field and by a fiery reply.

Jadeja reminded Manjrekar that he had played twice the amount of ODI matches that he did and was a much better cricketer. He ended his tweet by asking Manjrekar to stop his verbal diarrhoea. That was enough to spark a massive backlash on Twitter. Millions of fans turned on Manjrekar and trolled him, including former England captain Michael Vaughn.

The trolling got so bad for Manjrekar that he blocked Vaughn from Twitter. This is even though they share the same commentary box. He also tweeted ‘well played, Jadeja’ in an attempt to put this social media controversy behind him.

Shane Warne

This Aussie legend is one of the most active ex-cricketers on social media. He has a 3.5 million following on Twitter, and 1 million following him on Instagram. The king of spin leads a very active life with his commentary work, his poker exploits and his short coaching consulting stints.

Warne has a reputation of being a ladies man. He has used social media in the past to slide into the DM’s of a number of Instagram influencers. He continues to get a lot of flak on social media for his lifestyle and chiseled appearance. Many believe his physique is surgically enhanced.

Social Media Training

It is now very evident that cricketers do need social media training. They can quickly get into trouble with one single tweet or Instagram post. The best thing that cricketers can do is learn from the mistakes of some of their fellow colleagues and not go down that road anymore!