AGENCIES, Berlin: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar received the award for Laureus best sporting moment in last 20 years. Tennis legend Boris Becker announced the winner on Monday in Berlin where ex-Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to the Indian cricketer.
It was a momentous and historic day for India’s millions of cricketing fans when India lifted the World Cup in 2011. Architect Sachin Tendulkar was given a heroes’ welcome and teammates Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and others as the team took a lap of honour at Wankhede Stadium after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets.
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“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.
Becker asked Tendulkar to share his emotions after winning the coveted World Cup 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 dedicated the prestigious award to the country, all his teammates, fans and well- wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket.