Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan joined the cricket fraternity in congratulating Sachin Tendulkar, whose iconic victory lap post India’s 2011 World Cup triumph was voted the Laureus best sporting moment in the last two decades. Tendulkar, who won the coveted ICC Cricket World Cup trophy in his sixth and final attempt, went on a victory tour of the Wankhede Stadium seated on the proud shoulders of Kohli, Raina and Pathan after India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final to lift the title after a wait of 28 years. Many from the cricketing fraternity, including apex cricket board ICC, took to social media to congratulate the Master Blaster for the honour. Sachin Tendulkar’s Victory Lap Post India's 2011 World Cup Triumph Named Ultimate Sporting Moment of Last Two Decades.
“Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support!’ Tendulkar wrote in a nostalgic post. "I dedicate this Laureus Sport award to India, all my teammates, fans and well-wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket." He had also received enormous praise for his powerful speech at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin after he had received the honour from former Australian captain Steve Waugh. Tennis legend Boris Becker was also on stage to announce the winner of the Best Sporting Moment 2001-2020 award.
Sachin Tendulkar Dedicates Laureus Award to India
Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support!
I dedicate this @LaureusSport award to India 🇮🇳, all my teammates, fans and well wishers in India and across the world who have always supported Indian cricket.#SportUnitesUs #Laureus20 #SportForGood pic.twitter.com/wiqx0D9e2E
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 18, 2020
“A great achievement and a proud moment for our nation,” wrote current Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli was 23 and part of the victorious Indian World Cup team. His then-teammate Suresh Raina wrote “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.” Yusuf Pathan joined in too in congratulating Sachin. Pathan, who was one of three players that hoisted Sachin on his victory lap, wrote: “You shouldered country's burden for 24 long years. Carrying you on our shoulders was a goosebumps moment for me.”
A Great Achievement!!
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 18, 2020
Suresh Raina Congratulates Sachin for Making Nation Proud
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
A Proud Moment for India!!
A proud moment for India. You shouldered country's burden for 24 long years. Carrying you on our shoulders was a goosebumps moment for me. Congratulations @sachin_rt paaji on winning the prestigious #Laureus20 best sporting moment award. pic.twitter.com/O8Sg4GBR1I
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) February 18, 2020
A Great Moment
Tendulkar being carried by his teammates after wc win is one of the greatest moment of Indian cricket and Laureus awards it as the Best Sporting Moment of the last 20 years. Congratulations Paaji @sachin_rt #respect pic.twitter.com/hlfD0qGz8m
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 18, 2020
Sachin Tendulkar Wins Hearts Everywhere
If winning hearts on the field wasn't enough, he started winning it off the field as well! ❤️
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 18, 2020
Congratulations Sachin on Prestigious Win
Congratulations @sachin_rt sir on winning a prestigious award 😊 That moment in 2011 was one that no Indian cricket fan will ever forget. Still get goosebumps thinking about it. pic.twitter.com/i8u5isOG8K
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) February 18, 2020
Proud of Sachin Tendulkar for Inspiring Another Generation
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 18, 2020
Tendulkar’s iconic moment was titled ‘Carried on the Shoulders of A Nation.’ Sachin beat five other nominees to the honour. He was instrumental in India reaching the final in the first place. Tendulkar was the Man of the Match for his innings of 82 in the semi-final against Pakistan which was the ultimate difference in India progressing to the final at the expense of their arch-rivals.
Meanwhile, footballer Lionel Messi and F1 racer Lewis Hamilton shared the World Sportsman of the Year 2019 award. It was the first time the honour was shared. US gymnast Simona Biles won the Sportswomen of the year. South Africa Rugby team was named the Sports Team of the Year while basketball legend Dirk Nowitzki was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.