Sachin Tendulkar wins Laureus Award

Sachin Tendulkar wins Laureus Award

We all remember the moment when Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after their World Cup triumph at home in 2011. Well, this moment has now become a little more extra special as it has been voted the Laureus best sporting moment in the last 20 years. The Mumbai batsman got the maximum number of votes to emerge winner on Monday. The Indian cricket team won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and emerged champions in the most prestigious cricket event after 28 years.

Tendulkar, competing in his sixth and last World Cup, finally saw his life-long dream being fulfilled after the then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sent Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara's delivery out of the park for a winning six at Wankhede Stadium.

Following which, the charged-up Indian team rushed to the ground and while celebrating the win, lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honour, a moment etched in the minds of the fans.

Tendulkar was handed the award by former Australian skipper Steve Waugh after tennis legend Boris Becker announced 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 said 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," Tendulkar added.

Becker then asked the Indian legend to share the emotions he felt at that time and the Indian legend put in perspective how important it was for him to hold that trophy.

To which he replied, "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."

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