Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup triumph wins Laureus Sporting moment award
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It was a normal day in rest of the World but in India it wasn’t. Indian team was playing against Sri Lanka to end their 28 years wait for a World Cup. Everybody wanted India to win this World Cup because this was last world cup for someone who carried Indian hopes for more than 20 years. Sachin is not a name, it’s an emotion for 135 crore Indians.
Hours before the floodgates of happiness opened on Saturday night at the Wankhede Stadium, the Indian team was subject to a familiar routine condemnation – the damnation cutting across geographical and social divides of the country, across age groups, across gender and, most importantly, across IQ levels.
At the end of it all on Saturday night, the team had given Sachin Tendulkar the biggest gift he wanted so badly – to be part of a World Cup winning Indian team. The one elusive honour in such a long career. That’s the promise they had made before the start of the World Cup and it was now fulfilled.
Laureus launched the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 public vote, and this moment is chosen as best sporting moment of 2000-2020. India’s legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar wins the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 Award.
He was among the 20 nominated for the award. The moment is titled Carried On the Shoulders Of A Nation, a reference to the Indian cricket team’s 2011 World Cup triumph. This was Sachin Tendulkar’s sixth world cup and it was his dream to win a world cup.
He was an integral part of the team that won the World Cup at home. Under the caption, ‘Carried on the Shoulders of a Nation’, Laureus said in its citation, “On his sixth attempt, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar and the India men’s national cricket team finally achieved a glorious victory at the 2011 ICC World Cup. India’s historic defeat of Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final was watched live by an estimated 135 million fans across India.”
“Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years; It was time we carried him” said Virat Kohli after he carried him on his shoulders.