Updated: February 18, 2020 9:13:32 am
India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar acquired the award for Laureus greatest sporting second in final 20 years. Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after Tennis legend Boris Becker introduced the winner on Monday in Berlin.
After winning the World Cup 2011, Tendulkar was lifted on shoulders by teammates Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and others because the workforce took a lap of honour at Wankhede Stadium after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets.
“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 stated 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.”
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The German tennis legend requested Tendulkar to share his feelings after winning the coveted World Cup Trophy.
“My journey began in 1983 once 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 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.”
The 46-year-old additionally credited the impression evolutionary South African chief Nelson Mandela had on him. The highest run-getter in worldwide cricket met him when he was 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 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.”
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