Berlin: Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after their World Cup triumph at dwelling in 2011 was voted the Laureus greatest sporting second within the final 20 years.
With the backing of Indian cricket followers, Tendulkar bought the utmost variety of votes to emerge winner on Monday.
Tendulkar, competing in his sixth and final World Cup, lastly realised his long-term dream when skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smacked Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara out of the park for a profitable six.
The charged-up Indian cricketers rushed to the bottom and shortly they lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honour, a second etched within the minds of the followers.
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh handed the trophy to Tendulkar after tennis legend Bros Becker introduced the winner at a glittering ceremony.
It’s unimaginable. The sensation of profitable the world cup was past what phrases can categorical. What number of instances you get an occasion taking place the place there are not any combined opinions. Very not often all the nation celebrates, Tendulkar stated after receiving the trophy.
And this can be a reminder of how highly effective a sport is and what magic it does to our lives. Even now once I watch that it has stayed with me.
Becker then requested Tendulkar to share the feelings he felt at the moment and the Indian legend put in perspective how essential it was for him to carry that trophy.
My journey began in 1983 once I was 10 years outdated. India had gained the World Cup. I didn’t perceive the importance and simply because all people was celebrating, I additionally joined the get together.
However someplace I knew one thing particular has occurred to the nation and I wished to expertise it sooner or later and that’s how my journey started.
It was the proudest second of my life, holding that trophy which I chased for 22 years however I by no means misplaced hope. I used to be merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen.
The 46-year-old Tendulkar, the very best run-getter within the cricket world, stated holding the Laureus trophy has additionally given him nice honour.
He additionally shared the affect the revolutionary South African chief Nelson Mandela had on him. He met hin when he was simply 19 years outdated.
His hardship didn’t have an effect on his management. Out of many messages he left, an important I felt was that sport has bought the facility to unite everybody.
At present sitting on this room with so many athletes, a few of them didn’t have all the things however they made the perfect of all the things that they had. I thank them for uplifting children to select a sport of their selection and chase their desires. This trophy belongs to all of us, it’s not nearly me.
“This can be a reminder of how highly effective sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives.”
A God for a nation. An inspiration worldwide.
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