400,000 respond within hours as Tendulkar joins Facebook

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Sachin Tendulkar on Monday joined social networking site Facebook getting overwhelming response from his fans as he got more than 400,000 'likes' within hours of his first post.

"I'll like to welcome you to my facebook family. As a child, I always dreamt of playing cricket for India and I chased my dream of winning the World Cup for 22 years. It wouldn't have been possible without your support," Tendulkar wrote on his official Facebook page.

"I wanna take this opportunity to thank all of you for having prayed for me and wish well for me. I look forward to sharing my experience with you, join me on my facebook so that we both can share this experience and go through this journey together," he wrote.

Tendulkar's official Facebook page is being managed by Seven3Rockers. He authenticated his joining of Facebook through a video message posted on his page.

Tendulkar has been on another popular social networking Twitter for some time and he has now linked it up with his facebook account.

"Dear friends, welcome to my facebook page. I hope you had the chance to go through it..... If not join me on http://facebook.com/SachinTendulkar and be a part of this journey with me," he posted on his Twitter account to annouce his foray in Facebook.

Immediately, fans posted comments on Twitter with some reading like 'Sachin Tendulkar joins Facebook but makes himself unavailable for immediate comments, saying he wants to spend time with family'.

Another Twitter post says, 'Sachin Tendulkar joins Facebook. Purportedly to monitor son Arjun's online activities'.

The Facebook page has a timeline with photos from his birth on April 24, 1973 to his latest comments on Yuvraj Singh and Indian boys winning the Under-19 World Cup.

All the timelines has a photo and his comment with it with a small Tendulkar holding a cricket bat being the first image.

The page has depictions of all his milestones like the unbeaten world record partnership with Vinod Kambli while playing school cricket, his debut Test in Karachi, all of his 100 international centuries, his marriage to Anjali, becoming the highest run scorers in Test and ODI.

The page also has a photo of him kissing his helmet after scoring his 100th international century at Mirpur, Bangladesh in March.

"In April 2012, I accepted the Rajya Sabha nomination proposed by the President. Thus making me the first active sportsperson and cricketer to have been nominated to the Rajya Sabha. On May 2, I got elected to seat number 103 in the Rajya Sabha and took the oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha on June 4, 2012," he wrote about taking oath as Rajya Sabha Member on June 4.

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