Sachin Tendulkar has joined Twitter, and even if you aren’t following him yourself, you are missing something. The God himself is available in Twitter and his fan following scores 85,000 plus in just 20 hours.

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It took him over 20 years to rack up 17,598 runs in 442 one-dayers, 13,447 in 166 Test matches, 92 international tons and 147 international half-centuries; it took him just over 20 hours to collect over 85,000 followers (and counting very fast) on social networking site Twitter.

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The Mumbai Indians batsman posted his first message Tuesday night: “Finally the original SRT is on twitter n the first thing I’d like to do is wish my colleagues the best in the windies.”

Twelve hours later, he has more than 20,000 followers.

Many fans couldn’t believe it was him, skepticism that could be due to the many fake Sachin accounts already on the micro blogging service.

One of his teammates, Zaheer Khan, confirmed the news on his own Twitter account, writing “Yes! Its true Sachin Tendulkar is on twitter.”

Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress who starred in “Life in a Metro” and “Phir Milenge,” added to the buzz. “Finally on twitter, The God of cricket himself,” she tweeted. “A big welcome shout for SACHIN TENDULKAR.”

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Mr. Tendulkar is already proving to be as prolific with his BlackBerry (several tweets indicate he used the wireless device to post them) and TwitPic as he is on the pitch. He followed up his first tweet with more updates, photos and shout-outs to his friends Vinod Chopra and Atul Kasbekar (who posted “Let’s get @sachin_rt on top of the twitter verse in world record time, how cool to have an Indian displace Ashton Kutcher!”).

His tweets included information on a new Vinod Chopra production (Ferrari ki Sawaari), updates on his injury (“got stitches removed… will keep you posted on this”) and, perhaps, the reason he was on the website in the first place (“My kids r happy that I m finally on twitter.They hv been tryin 2 get me 2 join twitter or facebook for ages”).

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty followed: “Finally on twitter, The God of cricket himself. A big welcome shout for SACHIN TENDULKAR himself… spread the word”.

“Good to see you here,” wrote Sania Mirza, while Deepika Padukone attempted to set in motion a charge for another Tendulkar record: “The only record left for him 2 break is max number of followers:-)”. Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher, who famously beat ‘CNN Breaking News’ in a race to 1,000,000 followers more than a year ago, currently leads the way with 4,850,350.

Find Sachin on Twitter: Sachin Tendulkar is on Twitter. http://twitter.com/sachin_rt. He is there in Top 10 Hot searches on Twitter.

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