Sachin Tendulkar: Singing national anthem ahead of 2011 WC final is the ‘proudest feeling’
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said that singing the national anthem in front of a packed Wankhede Stadium before the 2011 World Cup final was the “proudest feeling” he has ever had in his life. The batting maestro remembered the match against Pakistan game at the 2003 World Cup was a different atmosphere altogether.
“But it (singing of national anthem) goes to a different level altogether, when you are playing against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup (in Centurion), standing inside the stadium, in the middle of the group, with 60,000 people singing ‘Jana Gana Mana’,” Tendulkar said here on Sunday.
He was speaking at the unveiling of an album “The Sports Heroes” aimed to inspire the younger generation towards sports. In the video directed by Abhijit Panse, batting legends Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, ace Tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, wrestler Sushil Kumar, former hockey player Dhanraj Pillay, shooter Gagan Narang and legendary footballer Bhaichung Bhutia sing the national anthem “Jana Gana Mana.”
“When you sing the ‘Jana Gana Mana’, your head is always held high, but when you sing it (standing) in the centre of the ground, then…seena chauda ho jata hai (chest swells with pride),” Tendulkar said.
“A couple of experiences, one was that (against Pakistan). The other one was when we played the 2011 World Cup finals, I can never forget that experience, the entire stadium singing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ and it still reverberates in my ears. It’s the proudest feeling I have ever had in my life.
“We achieve so many personal goals, also team milestones are achieved, but when its comes to our national anthem, everything else takes a backseat.”
Sachin Tendulkar was part of the World Cup final at Wankhede in which India defeated Sri Lanka to lift the World Cup after 28 years.
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