The Indian Cricket Team achieved the highest level of glory twice. First in the 1983 World Cup final, when a team led by the legendary Kapil Dev thrashed the heavyweight West Indies to lift their first trophy. 27 years later, the Men in Blue made history again in the 2011 world cup final at the Wankhede Stadium. The day saw one of the most iconic moments of Indian cricket- the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on the shoulder of his teammates. The scene won the hearts of fans around the globe, and its grandeur appeal has just made it the best Laureus Sporting Moment of the last 20 years!
The nominees for the award were selected on the basis of the greatest moments ever captured in sports around the glob, and the winner was to be decided through a voting system. With a monumental support from the Indian cricketing fandom who still have the glorious memory from nine years ago still anew, Tendulkar was announced as the winner at the event in Berlin.
“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,” the 46 year old legend said after receiving the trophy from Aussie icon Steve Waugh.
From the list of nominees which included the iconic English cricketer Andrew Flintoff, Tennis legend Boris Becker announced Sachin Tendulkar as the winner.
Recalling the world cup victory, the Master Blaster still cherishes the moment as the greatest one of his life. “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.” he added.
Check out a clip of Sachin Tendulkar’s motivational speech about the Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, upon being honoured with the award, courtesy of the official Twitter handle of Laureus.
🔈 Sound on 🔈
A powerful, strong and moving tribute to a room full of sporting legends from @sachin_rt in honour of Nelson Mandela and the incredible power of sport to unite and inspire 👏#Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/0z3mNatUFh
— Laureus (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2020
The memorable event from the 2011 final was termed ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’, where Tendulkar, holding the Indian flag was on the shoulders of Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina. Chasing a target of 275, the Men in Blue captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished it off in the 49th over with a huge sixer.
Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support!
I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India 🇮🇳, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket.#SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood pic.twitter.com/wiqx0D9e2E
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 18, 2020