My journey started in 1983, recalls God of cricket
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s dream of winning the World Cup came true in his sixth appearance
in the premier ODI tournament
Berlin: As former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s 2011 World Cup victory lap won the Laureus award for the greatest Sporting Moment of the last twenty years, the batting legend gave a special shout out to the 1983 World Cup-winning team led by Kapil Dev.
“My journey started in 1983 when I was 10 years old. For people who are not aware of the significance of that year, I would tell you that India had won the World Cup. I did not understand the significance and just because everybody was celebrating, I also joined the party,” Tendulkar said after winning the trophy.
“But somewhere I knew something special has happened to the country and I wanted to experience it one day and that’s how my journey began.”
Tendulkar’s dream of winning the World Cup came true in his sixth appearance in the premier ODI tournament. He came the closest to the trophy in 2003 when India made the finals, but the side lost to Australia. However, in 2011, India managed to defeat Sri Lanka in the summit clash to lift their second 50-over World Cup. “It was the proudest moment of my life, holding that trophy which I chased for 22 years but never lost hope. I was merely lifting that trophy on behalf of my countrymen,” 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,” he added.