Swiss tennis star Roger Federer was handed the number one batsman ranking by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after emulating former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
This came after Federer took to channeling his inner Tendulkar while playing his fourth-round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino whom he defeated 6-0, 7-5, 6-4.
During his first set, Federer’s unique style of shot caught Wimbledon’s attention leading it to be dubbed as an almost “cricket” style. Wimbledon’s Twitter account then asked the ICC to rate Federer’s shot.
“Ratings for @rogerederer’s forward defense, @ICC?,” Wimbledon wrote in a tweet with a video of the defensive shot.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018
The cricketing body also decided to indulge in some banter and quickly responded by ranking Federer as the number one Test batsman in the world.
The ICC shared an image of the Test rankings for batsmen which showed the 20-time Grand Slam winner as the number one batsman in the world.
The ICC even compared the Swiss to Tendulkar, with the help of a popular meme
Not to be left behind, Tendulkar also invited the Swiss tennis star to a session of exchanging notes on cricket after he wins his ninth Wimbledon title.
“As always, great hand-eye co-ordination. @rogerfederer, let’s exchange notes on cricket and tennis after you win your 9th @Wimbledon title,” Tendulkar tweeted.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2018
English bowler Stuart Broad also jumped into the conversation.
What would the bowlers meeting be? Bowl Top of off stump with occasional bouncer?! 🎾 🏏 https://t.co/B4HrJtA8sL
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) July 10, 2018
Federer will play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the quarter-final at the All England Club on Wednesday.