Yesterday provided another reason for batting great Sachin Tendulkar to remember Centurion 2003 when India clashed with Pakistan in the mother of all cricketing battles at the World Cup in South Africa.
Tendulkar recalled feeling on top of the world when he was, "standing inside the stadium in the middle of the group with 60,000 people singing Jana Gana Mana."
Video courtesy: The Sports Heroes Youtube channel
Tendulkar unveiled the first ever national anthem featuring sporting icons, called The Sports Heroes at a Bandra hotel yesterday, a couple of days before Republic Day.
Olympian Dhanraj Pillay with Sachin Tendulkar at the anthem launch yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
He also recalled the feeling when the national anthem was recited before the start of the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. "I can never forget that experience.
The entire stadium singing Jana Gana Mana still reverberates in my ears. It's the proudest feeling I have ever had in my life," he said.
The Sports Heroes was conceptulised by former India spinner Nilesh Kulkarni, who is the director of the International Institute of Sports Management (IISM).
Tendulkar with Dhanraj Pillay , Nilesh Kulkarni (R) and filmmaker Abhijit Panse (1L) during sporting rendition of national Anthem. Pic/ Atul Kamble)
Tendulkar himself features in the video along with fellow batting great Sunil Gavaskar, tennis stars Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi, Olympian bronze medal-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar, four-time hockey Olympian Dhanraj Pillay, Olympic shooter Gagan Narang and former India football team captain Baichung Bhutia.