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Here's why Roger Federer is ICC's No 1 Test batsman

By Rediff Sports Desk
July 10, 2018 15:39 IST
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IMAGE: Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

As Roger Federer chases a 21st Grand Slam title, it looks like he knows his cricket shots too.



After the Wimbledon Twitter account shared a clip that showed the Swiss appearing to use a cricket stroke to hit a loose ball during his match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.


“Ratings for @rogerfederer’s forward defence, @ICC?,” Wimbledon wrote in a tweet with a video of the defensive shot. 

Federer's pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum on Monday as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 win over Mannarino but his cricket shot also was widely received.

The 36-year-old is more renowned for defending tennis titles than forward defences, but this dexterous left-handed shot displayed his innate sporting talent.


The ICC was quick to tweet Wimbledon back with a set of updated global batting rankings.

He might be world number two in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour at the moment but ICC shared a screenshot of the Test batting rankings which showed the 20-time Grand Slam winner as the No 1 batsmen in the World.

The ICC even compared the Swiss to legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar – with the help of a meme no less, describing the two as ‘greatness’.


The ICC were also quick to query how the tennis champion might get on against a top bowler.

Stuart Broad versus Roger Federer – tennis versus cricket.


Even Broad tweeted.

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