Legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday devoted his Laureus sport award to India, his teammates and his followers throughout the globe. Sachin Tendulkar being carried on the shoulders of his teammates after India’s World Cup triumph at dwelling in 2011 acquired the utmost variety of votes to emerge because the winner of the Laureus greatest sporting second within the final 20 years.
Reacting after receiving the honour, Tendulkar thanked all his properly wishers throughout the globe for supporting him by thick and skinny.
“Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support! I dedicate this award to India, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket,” tweeted Tendulkar.
Thank you all for the overwhelming love and help!
I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India 🇮🇳, all my teammates, followers and properly wishers in India and internationally who’ve at all times supported Indian cricket.#SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood pic.twitter.com/wiqx0D9e2E
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 18, 2020
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after tennis legend Bros Becker introduced the winner at a glittering ceremony.
“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,” Tendulkar mentioned after receiving the trophy.
“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 then requested Tendulkar to share the feelings he felt at the moment and the Indian legend put in perspective how vital it was for him to maintain that trophy.
“My journey began in 1983 after I was 10 years previous. India had gained the World Cup. I didn’t perceive the importance and simply because all people was celebrating, I additionally joined the celebration.
“But someplace I knew one thing particular has occurred to the nation and I needed to expertise it sooner or later and that’s how my journey started.
“It was the proudest second of my life, holding that trophy which I chased for 22 years however I by no means misplaced hope. I used to be merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen.”The 46-year-previous Tendulkar, the best run-getter within the cricket world, mentioned holding the Laureus trophy has additionally given him nice honour.
He additionally shared the affect the revolutionary South African chief Nelson Mandela had on him. Tendulkar met him when he was simply 19 years previous.
“His hardship didn’t have an effect on his management. Out of many messages he left, an important I felt was that sport has acquired the facility to unite everybody.
“Today sitting on this room with so many athletes, a few of them didn’t have all the pieces however they made one of the best of all the pieces that they had. I thank them for uplifting kids to decide a sport of their selection and chase their goals. This trophy belongs to all of us, it’s not nearly me.”
(With PTI inputs)