As an Indian, there are very few things that compare to the joy of winning the World Cup, whether or not one is a cricket fan.
So when India achieved the feat for the second time in 2011, the entire nation joined in for the celebrations.
Celebrations, which only increased because of the fact that Sachin Tendulkar was finally getting to lay his hands on the trophy.
Everyone knew that in a lot of ways, India was playing the World Cup for Sachin and when the victory came, it was only fitting for the players to give him a lap around the stadium.
That particular moment, etched in the memory of every Indian, just won Sachin the Laureus best sporting moment in 20 years trophy.
🏆 @sachin_rt 🇮🇳— Laureus (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2020
Carried on the Shoulders of a Nation, the Little Master led India to their first World Cup since 1983 in 2011, at his sixth and final attempt 😱
As voted for by you, he is the ultimate Laureus Sporting Moment 2000 - 2020 🙌#Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/zFZpM8qD3j
He was handed the trophy by tennis icon Boris Becker.
Congratulations! One more prestigious trophy added to @sachin_rt illustrious trophy cabinet! 🏆— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2020
Paltan, your votes and love has made ‘Carried on the shoulders of a nation’ win the @LaureusSport Sporting Moment 2000-2020 💙#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #Laureus20 pic.twitter.com/BxXenLz4i0
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
In his speech after getting the honour, Sachin noted that the World Cup final in Mumbai showed the power of sports.
It’s incredible. 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. 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.
"This is a reminder of how powerful sport is and what magic it does to all of our lives."— Laureus (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2020
A God for a nation. An inspiration worldwide.
And an incredible speech from the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000 - 2020 winner, the great @sachin_rt 🇮🇳#Laureus20 #SportUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/dLrLA1GYQS
He also expressed his feelings after winning the World Cup.
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.
Thank you all for the overwhelming love and support!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 18, 2020
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