Please note: This is a humorous piece – pure fiction.
IT experts have claimed that thousands of blog posts and articles by bloggers and journalists continued to remain in the “drafts” folder as Sachin Tendulkar missed scoring his 100th international century at Wankhede Stadium, here, on Friday.
While this is not yet causing major strains on the IT resources of various organisations, expert believe that content management could become really tough if Tendulkar delays his century by a few months more.
“Each time Sachin plays a match, writers update their drafts for minor changes. This causes multiple versions of the drafts to be saved in the CMS database, which in turn gains size and uses more server resources to conclude a query,” Sandeep Diwakar, head of the IT department of a sports website explained how Tendulkar’s much-awaited century is making things complicated for many.
Experts claim that ever since Tendulkar hit his 99th international century in March this year during the ICC World Cup, at least 97,586 articles have been written and saved by various writers in anticipation of Tendulkar’s 100thcentury. These include career sketches of the Master Blaster as well as analyses of how his centuries have helped India win matches, on most of the occasions.
“Mind you, we are just talking about those who are saving their articles on a central server. There are thousands more saved in local machines by various bloggers,” another IT expert pointed out, “And we have no count of those pending images, tweets, Facebook status updates that are waiting to go live as soon as Sachin hits the century. They must be running in millions.”
Similar sentiments were shared by IT guys of television news channels, who have been forced to keep many documentaries and special programs on Tendulkar safe in a “do_not_delete” folder of the video streaming server. News channels have such programs ready-to-air for over months now.
"We always have to change the properties of the folder so that the automatic archival software doesn’t move the folder to a non-streaming server and makes it unavailable for instant broadcast; as soon as Sachin hits the 100th run,” IT administrator of a leading news channel of India shared his frustration.
Not only the IT guys, even journalists and content writers claim that their workload has increased substantially ever since Tendulkar hit his 99th international century.
“I was hoping he hits the century today,” Sambit Bal, editor of Cricinfo.com said, “Now we will continue getting more submissions. I already take a ‘Sachin break’ after lunch break to put in order all the files that we have in queue for publishing once he gets his 100th century. Now that it might happen in Australia, guess I have to cancel the Christmas-cum-New year leave of Nitin.”
While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to comment over hardships various people and organizations are facing due to Tendulkar’s pending century, ICC chief Sharad Pawar took time out to speak to Faking News.
“Even I was hoping he scores his century today,” he said, “Now people would continue making jokes on me being slapped by that Harvinder Singh. Sachin should have been more responsible.”
(Rahul Roushan, is a graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, who goes by the name of “Pagal Patrakar” (that’s “Crazy Journalist” in Hindi). Rahul says for him, “satire is an attempt to point out shortcomings or oddities in our society, ideally with a message and intent for betterment, in a non-hostile manner and without sounding overtly accusative or pontificating.” He is the Managing Editor of www.fakingnews.com from where the above article has been sourced with permission)