BERLIN: We can never forget the 2011 World Cup winning moment ever. The Men in Blue carrying the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, on their shoulders after their victory over Sri Lanka is a scenario that is etched in our hearts. For the same heartwarming moment, Tendulkar won the greatest Laureus Sporting Moment Award in the last 20 years.
Sachin got the maximum votes and thus, emerged victorious for the prestigious award. Thanks to all the millions of Indian cricket fans across the world!
Winning the World Cup was a dream unfulfilled for Sachin until 2011. The 2011 WC was his sixth and last event and just after the captain MS Dhoni's winning helicopter shot, he finally lived his dream. Following the big win, the Indian team lifted him on their shoulders and made a lap of honor across the Mumbai's Wankhade Stadium.
Bross Becker announced Tendulkar's name as the winner and the former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed him the trophy.
After receiving the honor, Sachin said, "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. 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."
The Tennis legend then asked to share all his emotions that he felt at that winning moment. Sachin then explained what importance it held for him to hold that WC trophy.
He started narrating with India's first World Cup win in 1983. He said, "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."