GUWAHATI: Sachin Tendulkar has won Laureus Best Sporting Moment award for the moment when his teammates carry him on their shoulders post 2011 ICC World Cup win where India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets.
“Tendulkar, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, was carried on the shoulders of the Indian team. After such dedication to his country, the fans and his team, Tendulkar made a lap of honour in front of raucous cheers, shedding tears of joy after achieving such a momentous victory in his home city,” according to Laureus’ website.
Tendulkar while accepting the award spoke about the power of sports that can unite people.
"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."
He also spoke about the inspiring life of Nelson Madela and said that "hardships did not affect his leadership".
For a fact, ‘Carried On The Shoulders Of A Nation’, is a reference to the Indian historic win and was shortlisted as one among the five contenders for the greatest Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 Award. And Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh had urged fans to vote for the cricketing great.
“Yuvi, this moment is for Team India and every Indian around the world. The 2011 Cricket World Cup win is etched in my mind like it just happened yesterday. Still get goosebumps thinking about that night,” Tendulkar wrote on Wednesday while replying to Yuvraj who has urged fans to vote for the 46-year-old.
Describing Tendulkar as a “friend, teammate, mentor and icon”, current Team India skipper Kohli also said: “A friend, teammate, mentor and icon. Let’s all come together and vote for Sachin paaji for the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020.”
Responding to him, the Master Blaster wrote: “It is definitely a moment to remember Virat! Glad to have a teammate & friend like you to cherish it with. Thank you for your support.”