Maria Sharapova`s comment wasn't disrespectful, says Sachin Tendulkar

Updated: Jul 22, 2014, 21:09 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Reacting to Maria Sharapova`s recent revelation of not knowing who is Sachin Tendulkar, the batting legend on Tuesday said that her comments wasn`t disrespectful as she doesn`t follow cricket.

Speaking to a leading news channel, Tendulkar said, "Sharapova`s comments were not disrespectful. She doesn`t follow cricket."

Recently, when the Russian tennis star was asked if she knew Tendulkar, she had responded in negative saying "I don`t".

Her comment created a huge outrage among Tendulkar fans, who decided to make Sharapova realise what kind of reputation and following Tendulkar has globally. Within hours of Sharapova`s comment, `Who Is Maria Sharapova` was seen trending worldwide on social micro-blogging site Twitter.

At the Wimbledon this year, Tendulkar was present at the Centre Court to watch a match between Rafael Nadal and Mikhail Kukushkin. The batting maestro was seated in the Royal Box along with former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss and former football captain David Beckham.