India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders of his teammates after their World Cup (WC) triumph at home in 2011 was voted the best sporting moment in the last 20 years at Laureus World Sports Awards held in Berlin on Monday.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honoring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year. It was established in 1999 by Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont.
“It is incredible. The feeling of winning the World Cup was beyond what words can express. How many times [can] you get an event happening where there are no mixed opinions? Very rarely, the entire country celebrates,” Tendulkar said. “And this is a reminder of how powerful a sport is, and what magic it does to our lives. Even now, when I watch that, it has stayed with me,” said Tendulkar after receiving the award.
🔈 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
Indian captain Virat Kohli was one amongst those who lifted Tendulkar on the shoulders after winning the WC. Kohli congratulated the Indian cricket legend on Twitter and said: Congratulations, Sachin paaji, on being honored with the prestigious Laureus Sporting Moment Award. A great achievement and a proud moment for our nation.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 18, 2020
Sensational batsman KL Rahul also wished the ‘master blaster’ and showed agreement with him that Sport has the power to unite everyone.
“Absolutely agree with the great @sachin_rt paaji. Sport has the power to unite us and congratulations on winning the #LaureusSportingMoment 2000- 2020 award. #Laureus20,” tweeted Rahul.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) February 18, 2020
Here are other cricketers who congratulated Tendulkar:
It is one of the greatest moments of Indian cricket. Not surprised that victory lap of 2011 world cup is judged as sporting moment by #Laureus. Congratulations @sachin_rt paaji! #SachinTendulkar #Laureus20 #LaureusAwards pic.twitter.com/ELi40z21Ix
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) February 18, 2020
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) February 18, 2020
I remember feeling so proud, moved & inspired watching @sachin_rt hold the World Cup. The memory has been imprinted in my mind forever! Such a powerful speech. Congratulations Sir. #Laureus20 #SachinTendulkar
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) February 18, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 18, 2020
Congratulations Paji @sachin_rt. You never fail to make the nation proud.
That moment from WC11 still gives us goosebumps, such an emotional & overwhelming memory for all of us.
So wonderful to see more & more feathers added to your cap! pic.twitter.com/dgYSbHPRSN
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 18, 2020
Even the Boss had to wait 6 @cricketworldcup s to be lifted by his team mates. Perseverance pays. Well done champ on the award @sachin_rt #Laureus20 #LaureusForSRT #SachinTendulkar pic.twitter.com/7jeUZAWaRq
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 18, 2020
Many many congratulations to you for winning Laureus Sporting Moment Award, @sachin_rt. You've made all the Indians 🇮🇳 proud once again!
So happy for you Master! 😊#SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 https://t.co/GmQxQsfjR3
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) February 18, 2020
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) February 18, 2020
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) February 18, 2020