How can anyone forget that night of 2nd April 2011 when India lifted the ICC World Cup? Apart from MS Dhoni’s winning six, another moment that has stayed alive in every cricket fan’s mind is Sachin Tendulkar’s winning lap. Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after the triumph over the Lankans at home has been voted the Laureus Best Sporting Moment in the last 20 years.
Sachin Tendulkar got the maximum number of votes to emerge as the winner with the backing of millions of Indian cricket fans.
The 2011 ICC World Cup marked Sachin Tendulkar’s sixth World Cup in a row; finally, his dream of lifting the World Cup got fulfilled when skipper MS Dhoni smashed the six into the stand of Wankhede.
The elated Indian players ran onto the ground and soon lifted Tendulkar on their shoulders and made a lap of honor.
After receiving the trophy from Australia’s iconic cricketer Steve Waugh, Tendulkar said, “It is an incredible feeling. 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.”
Talking about his journey the legendary batsman 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 enjoyed.” He further added that somewhere he knew something special has happened to the country and he wished to experience it one day and that is how his 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”, quoted Sachin Tendulkar recalling the fond memories.
The 46-year old Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in the world of cricket said that holding the Laureus trophy has also given him great honor.