Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been shortlisted as one of the 20 nominee for the greatest Laureus Sporting Moment Award in the last 20 years.
The moment, called 'Carried On The Shoulders Of A Nation', outlines the moment when Indian team carried Tendulkar on their shoulders around the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the wake of their 2011 World Cup win. In his sixth appearance in the quadrennial event, Tendulkar finally found success as the Indian team defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final. It was viewed live by an approximately135 million fans across India on 2nd April, 2011.
Sachin Tendulkar, widely put down as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, was carried on the shoulders by the Indian team players. He had made a lap of honour in front of crowd at the Wankhede, spilling tears of joy after accomplishing such a momentous win in his home city.
Describing the event, he explained, "That is what I lived for. That is what I started cricket for."
The foundation has opened the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020 to public vote, which gives fans a chance to pick one of the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards. The voting takes place between January 10 and February 16, with the winner being announced on February 17 in Berlin.
besides Sachin Tendulkar, former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff also features in the shortlist. In 2005, England defeated Australia in the Ashes Test and following the culmination of the match, Flintoff first went to shake hands with Brett Lee rather than celebrating with his own teammates.