This is how Roger Federer ‘beat’ Sachin Tendulkar to become No. 1 Test batsman. Confused? Read on!


Roger Federer is arguably the greatest male tennis player ever born on this planet, at least going by the number of Grand Slams the Swiss legend has won. With 20 Grand Slams under his belt, the legend is on course to add another one as he reaches the quarter finals of this year’s Wimbledon Championship.

Earlier this week, Federer was playing Adrian Mannarino, who he defeated in straight sets 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 in the fourth round. However, Federer’s one defensive shot was enough to get him the World Number 1 Test ranking in cricket.

Confused? Well, what happened was when leading two sets to love, Federer was trying to defend Mannarino’s volley, which was already declared ‘out’ by the chair umpire. However, his style of defending the said volley was akin to how a cricket batsman would do. Federer’s style looked like that of a professional cricket batsman defending an easy cricket ball while playing on the front foot.

This prompted the official Twitter handle of Wimbledon to tag ICC and asked it to rate his defensive shot. It wrote, “Ratings for @rogerfederer’s forward defence, @ICC?”

The ICC too came back with an equally quirky response. Its reply had a screenshot of the ICC website with Federer being shown as the world number 1 Test batsman.

The cool banter between the official Twitter handles of the two popular sports in the world left Twitter users in splits. However, there were some who felt that ‘God’ could not be rated. One user wrote, “You can’t rate God, can you ?” One Australian fan wrote, “Nice. Can he come and play for Australia please?” Another user wrote, “Is there anything that this guy cant do ??? That was a perfect forward defensive shot and a perfect roll of the wrists to keep the ball down :)” Another fan wrote, cheekily, “Always knew Roger was a cricket fan.”

The ICC did not stop here. It then posted a spiderman meme showing how Roger Federer and India’s Sachin Tendulkar were both the same.

Tendulkar too chipped in and wrote to Federer, “As always, great hand-eye co-ordination. @rogerfederer, let’s exchange notes on cricket and tennis after you win your 9th @Wimbledon title.”

To which, Federer responded, “why wait? I’m ready to take notes!.”

Tendulkar replied, “Ha ha ha..done. @rogerfederer, lesson 1 will be the straight drive only if you help me with my backhand my friend!!??? Unfortunately won’t be able to come see you play this year but will be glued to the televison…Wish you all the very best! Hopefully next year.”

Who says social media is all about negativity?