After tennis superstar Maria Sharapova innocuously revealed that she has no idea who Sachin Tendulkar is, fans of the legendary cricketer bombarded her official Facebook page in a bid to 'enlighten' her. The five-time Grand Slam winner's page was filled with aggressive remarks - some even abusive - by surfers who were 'determined to teach her a lesson.' The frenzy overflowed on Twitter as well with "Who is Maria Sharapova' zooming to become the top trend soon after.
Interestingly, Sharapova's page on Facebook has approximately 13.6 millionÂ likes which pales in comparison to the 20.1 million followers that Tendulkar's official page commands. The cricketer also eclipses Sharapova on Twitter with 3.2 million more followers.
The 'latest online battle' began when Sharapova was asked: "Sachin Tendulkar was the other person who came in at the same time as David. Do you know who Sachin is?" The French Open winner flatly replied: "I don't."
It came as a 'rude shock' to several fans of the veteran cricket - hailed the world over for his batting records.Â Many argued that since Sharapova is a sportsperson, she should know about other sportspersons - especially the legends. There were also several posts titled 'Who is Sharapova? I don't know' which mocked the 27-year-old Russian player.
While fans of Tendulkar may be fuming, the former cricketer himself was his formal best as he visited Wimbledon and sat in the Royal Box with other sporting legends including Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Robshaw.