Sachin Tendulkar shared the stage with former Australia captain Steve Waugh and tennis great Borris Becker and won the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 award on Monday in Berlin: Sachin Tendulkar wins the Laureus Sporting Moment Award for ICC World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after their ICC World Cup triumph at home in 2011 was voted the Laureus Best Sporting Moment in the last 20 years.
Backed by Indian Cricket fans, Tendulkar bagged the most number of votes to emerge as the winner on Monday.
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Competing in his sixth and last World Cup, Tendulkar finally realized his long term dream when skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smacked Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara out of the park for a whopping six.
The charged-up Indian cricketers rushed to the ground and soon they lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honour, a moment etched in the minds of fans.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after tennis legend Bros Becker announced the winner at a glittering ceremony.
After receiving the trophy Sachin said,” It’s incredible. The feeling of winning the world cup was beyond what words can express. How many times you get an event happening where there are no mixed opinions. Very rarely the entire country celebrates.”
What did he say?
“And this is a reminder of how powerful a sport is and what magic it does to our lives. Even now when I watch that it has stayed with me.”
Becker asked Tendulkar to share his emotions at that time and this legend of India put in perspective how important it was for him to hold that trophy.
“My journey started in 1983 when I was 10 years old. India had won the World Cup. I did not understand the significance and just because everybody was celebrating, I also joined the party.”
“But somewhere I knew something special has happened to the country and I wanted to experience it one day and that’s how my journey began.”
“It was the proudest moment of my life, holding that trophy which I chased for 22 years but I never lost hope. I was merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen.”
Tendulkar, who is of 46 years, is the highest run-getter in the cricket world, said holding the Laureus trophy had given him great honour.
He shared the impact of the revolutionary South African leader Nelson Mandela had on him. Tendulkar had met him when he was 19 years old.
“His hardship did not affect his leadership. Out of many messages he left, the most important I felt was that sport has got the power to unite everyone.
“Today sitting in this room with so many athletes, some of them did not have everything but they made the best of everything they had. I thank them for inspiring youngsters to pick a sport of their choice and chase their dreams. This trophy belongs to all of us, it’s not just about me.”
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