Roger Federer becomes ICC’s ‘no. 1 Test batsman’ after emulating Sachin Tendulkar

Roger Federer’s neat piece of forward defence at Wimbledon, resembling Sachin Tendulkar’s technique, earned the Swiss great recognition from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are termed as the best in their respective sports.(Twitter/ICC)
Sachin Tendulkar and Roger Federer are termed as the best in their respective sports.(Twitter/ICC)
Updated on Jul 10, 2018 06:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Devarchit Varma

On Tuesday, there was a surprise for those who love both cricket and tennis as Roger Federer was unveiled as the world’s best Test batsman by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

In what turned out to be a playful Twitter banter between Wimbledon and ICC, Australia batsman Steve Smith was displaced by the world’s no 1 ranked tennis player.

Smith himself is a big fan of Federer and has even attended his games and clicked pictures with the Swiss legend.

For that matter, India captain Virat Kohli too has followed Federer’s philosophy of not caring what the critics say and do what he deems is best for him.

It all began with the official Twitter account of Wimbledon posting a video of Federer in action, with him playing what looks like a forward defensive stroke.

Then they asked the ICC how good was Federer’s effort, to which the global cricket governing body replied by putting Federer as the world’s best batsman.

The ICC even went on to superimpose pictures of the defending Wimbledon champion and Tendulkar onto a Spider-Man meme with the caption: “When greatness recognises greatness”.

Master Blaster Sachin Tendular too got in on the act and complimented Federer on his hand-eye coordination and also wanted to exchange notes with eight-time Wimbledon champion on cricket and tennis.

Meanwhile, Federer made it to the quarter-final of Wimbledon 2018 after beating France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.

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