Cricket, arguably the most-loved sport in the world, had a great day at Laureus World Sports Awards on the occasion of the Awards’ 20th anniversary. It’s none other than master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who bagged the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000 – 2020 award. Sachin, who was part of 2011 ICC World Cup-winning squad, was carried on his teammates’ shoulder around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after India clinched the World Cup in 2011, 28 years after India won their first.
The other 4 finalists include Mick Schumacher (son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher), Brazilian Football Team Chapecoense, South African swimmer Natalie Du Toit, and Chinese mountaineer Xia Boyu.
After receiving the award, which was presented by Aussie Cricket legend Steve Waugh and Tennis legend Boris Becker, Sachin gave an incredible speech, describing his eventful career, his journey from the beginning, his struggles, comebacks, all his five unsuccessful attempts to win the World Cup before finally winning the title in the 6th try.
Quoting Nelson Mandela’s words about how sport has the power to unite people all around the world, Sachin closed his speech by thanking his teammates, countrymen, fellow nominees and other “champion athletes” at the event.
Sachin Tendulkar, truly a pride of the nation!