ICC, albeit for a brief period of time, ranked Roger Federer as the No.1 batsman after Wimbledon jokingly asked the international body to rate the Swiss legend’s impressive forward defence. Federer, yesterday, while stopping a dead ball emulated Sachin Tendulkar's forward defence to perfection.
Federer boasts strong and cordial ties with Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, but we never knew the Swiss international was capable of emulating his Indian friend with the tennis bat as well.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion was at his very best when he went up against Adrian Mannarino of France in the fourth round of this year’s Wimbledon Championships. But one of the highlights of the match was when Federer swept away a dead ball in the form of a ‘forward defence’ cricket shot in the style of Tendulkar.
Wimbledon saw this as an opportunity to generate some buzz around their premier competition on social media as they took to Twitter and asked ICC to rate the Swiss legend’s impressive shot during round four.
ICC was quick to respond to Wimbledon’s Twitter handle as the international body hinted about ranking Federer as the number one Test batsmen in the World. ICC also went on to share an image of the Test rankings for batsmen which showed the 20-time Grand Slam winner as the top-ranked batsman.
*sigh* ok... 👇 pic.twitter.com/KXnhaznxL8— ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018
They then took the joke one step further where the cricketing body compared Federer and Tendulkar for their prowess in playing defensive shots as they shared a meme on the same topic.
When greatness recognises greatness 👌 pic.twitter.com/UB2hJli5gw— ICC (@ICC) July 9, 2018
Federer will now line-up against eighth seed Kevin Anderson, who got past Gael Monfils 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-7 (4-7) in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.
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