Sachin Tendulkar, speaking on the sidelines of a patriotic video launch which has Sunil Gavaskar, Sania Mirza, Dhanraj Pillay and others, said singing the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ in the 2011 World Cup final was the proudest moment of his life. He added that singing the national anthem ahead of the Pakistan game at the 2003 World Cup was also special

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday said 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 added that singing it ahead of the Pakistan game at the 2003 World Cup was a ‘different level altogether.’ (Sachin Tendulkar Concerned Over Child Deaths Due to Diarrhoea)

“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. (How I Nearly Died On Train Tracks: Sachin Tendulkar)

He was speaking at the unveiling of an album ‘The Sport Heroes’, aimed to inspire the younger generation towards sports. In the video, directed by Abhijit Panse, Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, Sushil Kumar, Dhanraj Pillay, Gagan Narang and Bhaichung Bhutia sing the national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana.’