Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar realised his lengthy-cherished dream of profitable a cricket world cup again on 2011 after which he was carried on the shoulders of his teammates as they went across the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This was an iconic moment in Indian cricket and it has now bagged Laureus greatest sporting moment within the final 20 years.
Former Australian skipper and a world cup winner himself, 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.
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“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 carry that trophy.
“This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives.”
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“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 everyone was celebrating, I additionally joined the occasion.
“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 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.” The 46-year-previous Tendulkar, the best run-getter within the cricket world, mentioned holding the Laureus trophy has additionally given him nice honour.
The legendary participant additionally spoke about how revolutionary South African chief Nelson Mandela had an enormous impression on him and his persona.
His hardship didn’t have an effect on his management. Out of many messages he left, an important I felt was that sport has received the ability to unite everybody.
“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.”