Why Maria Sharapova should NOT be apologetic for not knowing Sachin Tendulkar?


The digital brouhaha that has swamped the internet over Maria Sharapova’s knowledge of cricket (or the lack of it) and the fact that she doesn’t know anything about the demi-god of the game himself (Sachin Tendulkar) is not just shocking, but it is downright laughable!

Even those who satiated their eyeballs on Sharapova’s sexy ‘on-court’ presence and admired her game all these years are suddenly scrunching up their noses in disgust. Some radical zealots (Oh yes, that tribe exists in sports as well) are even demanding a formal apology from the Russian great for not knowing the cricketing legend. But here’s why we think Sharapova shouldn’t give a damn about the whole episode.

Sachin Tendulkar is not one of the greatest cricketer but he is, in reality, THE greatest batsman the country has ever produced. Since when did we start measuring his craft and his ability to play the game-in the manner only he has played it – by using a popularity scale? Has his greatness stooped to such a level that we needed a Russian-American (a tennis star or anybody, from anywhere, for that matter) to approve his popularity?

And, above all, there’s no denying the fact that the number of Russians who follow the game of cricket is as healthy as the number of Indians who keep a track of ice-hockey. I wonder if Sachin knows the name of the captain of the Russian Ice-Hockey team. And why just Sachin, how many of us can name the captain of our own national rugby team without resorting to the quick and the able assistance of the internet?

Every sport, form of art, film or music and its popularity might be bound by a certain geographical space. The greatness of a star may not transcend all geographical, cultural or regional boundaries, but that doesn’t diminish their greatness, right?

What makes one giggle even more is that while Sharapova received all the flak for not knowing our Mumbai lad, we just let pass the fact that Sachin failed to recognise the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe when the latter walked up to the former for an autograph as a happy trivia!

ALSO READ: Maria Sharapova’s ignorance about Sachin Tendulkar: Social media double faults


  • ajay patel

    Why should she be apologetic? Not knowing anyone isn’t offence . There are many Indians who may not knowing of single player of Rugby. Leave other sports, many of us may not be knowing of Hockey Captain of India (our national sport)…. Isn’t it?

  • Anonymous

    We Indians consider Sachin as god and for most Indians they have a feeling that whole people of this world will be at least knowing the god if not worship him . The sad reality is our god is worshipped by 120 billions and there are many parts of the world where their name of our god is even unheard of. Even many others who are considered Gods such as Maradona and Pele have not even heard of Sachin. Sachin wouldn’t have received a VIP reception if he was attending FIFA world cup in Brazil.

    • simple truth

      120 billion? did you take into consider living forms apart from humans as well?

  • Hansdeep Singh

    this is real bad … stop attacking … he just knew david beckham as may b knows soccer but nothing about cricket as she comes from russia ….
    so plz stop attacking u guys r making fool of urself
    she dint knew him so told dint knew whats the big deal

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