Sachin Tendulkar in Laureus' top moments of last two decades

'Carried on the shoulders of a nation' has been nominated as one of the 20 Laureus Sporting Moment of the last 20 years.

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Sachin Tendulkar's honour-laden celebration after winning the 2011 World Cup has been nominated as one of the top 20 moments from the last two decades as recognised by the Laureus Sporting Moment 2000-2020.

Named 'Carried on the shoulders of a nation' in a poll conducted on its website, it is one of the two moments selected from cricket, along with Andrew Flintoff's consolation handshake with the heartbroken Brett Lee after England won the Ashes in 2005.

Sachin Tendulkar won the World Cup in his sixth and final attempt, aptly at his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium, after India sealed the match against Sri Lanka by six wickets and 10 balls to spare.

After the victory, Sachin Tendulkar made a lap of honour holding and waving an Indian flag with his team carrying him on their shoulders, which according to Laureus constitutes to have "transcended the field of play and unified and inspired fans worldwide."

"After 28 years of sorrow for his country – and 19 years for Tendulkar personally – Tendulkar led India to their first World Cup title since 1983," the Laureus website said. "After such dedication to his country, the fans and his team, Tendulkar made a lap of honour in front of raucous cheers, shedding tears of joy after achieving such a momentous victory in his home city."

Yusuf Pathan is largely seen carrying Sachin Tendulkar, who is now also the League Ambassador of the T20 Mumbai league, cycling with other teammates that included the now captain Virat Kohli.

"Sachin Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years, it's time we carried him," Virat Kohli had reasoned then.

The voting is open to the public until 16 February and will have three knockout rounds after which one winner will be selected.

"It is fantastic for our sport," former Australia captain Steve Waugh, a member of the Laureus Academy, said about the nomination. "It is very hard to get nominated for Laureus. (Winning the 2011 World Cup) was a remarkable achievement."

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