Voices Friday, July 04, 2014 - 05:30
By Irfan Iqbal Gheta Maria Sharapova, who has now become a household name in India, has discovered to her dismay that honesty comes with a price. Sigh. She had not imagined in her wildest dream that a candid moment of truth would give her sleepless nights and that if she fell asleep by chance, she would only get nightmares. Twitter and Facebook have suddenly become much dreaded opponents for the tennis legend who has committed the cardinal sin of publicly admitting that she does not know of Sachin Tendulkar. The angry fans of Sachin Tendulkar have been on a rampage ever since. They have been flooding her official Facebook page with comments, both abusive and lame. On the other hand, Twitter is abuzz with tweets with the hash-tags #WhoIsMariaSharapova and #Sachin. Naturally, all this unwanted attention in the cyberspace is leaving Maria Sharapova exasperated even as she fails to understand what the fuss is about. Now, if she wants immediate respite from the relentless comments, here are ten suggestions for her which she could use without batting an eyelid. 1. She should waste no time in blaming the media for quoting her out of context. She should clarify that her original statement was “who doesn't know Sachin Tendulkar and who is David Beckham”. But some vested interests in the media have misquoted her deliberately. If this deliberate distortion of her statement has hurt the sentiments of Sachin's fans, she offers an unconditional apology for it. 2. She should immediately take the help of someone good at Photoshop to release pictures of herself cheering Sachin Tendulkar exitedly when he completed those famous centuries. 3. She should post a Facebook status urging all Sachin fans to calm down for it was because of the special bat she had gifted Sachin that he was able to hit the Australian spinner Shane Warne for all those big sixes. 4. She should also make her friendship with the media-shy Anjali Tendulkar public by releasing their photographs (Photoshop-edited, all) shopping together at Mumbai’s Inorbit Mall. 5. She should go ahead and proudly admit that Sachin Tendulkar used to share regular tips on recommended exercises designed to build up the wrists and shoulders for powerful stroke making. 6. She should create a hash-tag #MariaSachinHaveMutualRespectForEachOther and trend it on Twitter with the help of her fans. 7. If that does not work, she should try #Sachin4India'sNextPresident. Politics is the ultimate destination of ageing film stars and retired sportspersons. This hash-tag will give some heady feeling to Sachin's fans and do the trick. 8. She should promise to launch a cricket and tennis academy in Russia and invite Sachin Tendulkar as the chief guest to inaugurate that academy in 2020. 9. If Sachin Tendulkar's fans continue to troll her even then, she should threaten to sit on a dharna at Ramlila Maidan along with Arvind Kejriwal and Somnath Bharti. 10. If all of the above suggestions fail, then she should hold a mass prayer to pray for three things- a fierce online fight between SRK and Sallubhai fans, Luis Suarez chomping off someone's ears and/or any high profile Indian politician suffering from the foot-in-the-mouth disease that is likely to result in an unprecedented outrage on social media. All the best, Maria Sharapova! The opinions expressed in this articles are the personal opinions of the author. The News Minute is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information in this article. The information, facts or opinions appearing in this article do not reflect the views of The News Minute and The News Minute does not assume any liability on the same.

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