Wimbledon, ICC and Tendulkar engage in friendly banter on Twitter over the Swiss legend's cricketing skills
Roger Federer is not only one of the greatest tennis players of all time, he is also one of the most beloved athletes of the 21st century. Sports enthusiasts and players from across disciplines look up to him for his spectacular achievements and the grace with which he carries himself and plays the game.
The Swiss great eased past France’s Adrian Mannarino to reach his 16th Wimbledon quarter-final on Monday. During the match, Wimbledon’s Twitter account posted a video of Federer playing what resembled a cricket shot.
The All England Club tournament asked the International Cricket Council what it thought of Federer’s ‘forward defence’.
The ICC’s social media responded by bumping Federer right to the top of Test ranking for batsmen.
They weren’t done as the governing body wondered, in a following tweet, how Federer will fare against England seamer Stuart Broad.
Federer and cricket have crossed paths in the past. Sachin Tendulkar has called the 36-year-old his favourite player and the two met at SW19 in 2011. Sachin and Virat Kohli attended Wimbledon matches together in 2015.
Which is why the India batting great had his say in Federer’s ‘rise’ to the No1 ranking. Tendulkar took to twitter and asked Federer if they can exchange notes ‘after you win your ninth Wimbledon title’.