India and Sports 2014: A Retrospect
The year 2014 proved to be a brilliant and eventful year for Indian sports, in the international showground.
India bagged victory in several events across various sports genres all around the world.
The achievements are many; however, the top 10 major achievements of India in the end of 2014 are listed below:
1. India’s Victory in Lords after 28 years, by defeating England by 95 runs on July 21.
Ishant Sharma was the major conqueror, who took 7 wickets for 74 runs and can be accounted as one of the most significant reasons for the historic victory. India had won their last test match in 1986, when 10 of their present touring players were not even born. This was India’s first Test win in a foreign ground since 2011.
2. Abhinav Bindra takes his leave from shooting, after achieving Commonwealth Gold Medal on July 25.
India’s pride, Abhinav Bindra, finished his CWG journey with his gold medal in men’s 10m air rifle event. “Five CWG and nine medals are enough for me” said Abhinav, after the Glasgow Games.
3. Sania Mirza bags US Open doubles title on September 5.
The Double trouble team of Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares defeated Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez, in sets of 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. This marked Sania’s third mixed doubles title.
4. Mary Kom wins Asian Games gold on October 1.
India’s boxing gem, Mary Kom pulled a memorable gold win, with her dexterity and superb boxing skills at the Asian Games. Ranking number 5 in the world charts, Mary defeated Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan in the women’s flyweight division final in the 48-51 kg category.
5. India bagged another gold at the Asian Games, to qualify for Rio Olympics on October 2nd. India had its biggest win in years, when they bagged a gold medal in the Asian Games hockey final against Pakistan.
The win was a historic one after 16 years and also granted a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics. India won in penalty shootouts after playing with patience and adherence.The win was a historic one after 16 years and also granted a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics. India won in penalty shootouts after playing with patience and adherence.
6. Rohit Sharma Breaks ODI Record on November 14
Rohit Sharma booked a place in the history of ODI when he became the first cricketer to score two double hundreds in ODI’s. He concluded his innings on 264, a record, against Sri Lanka, in Eden Gardens. India won the match by scoring 153 runs more, at 404/5.
7. Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth Win China Open on November 16.
The Badminton Maestros Saina Nehwal, and Kidambi Srikanth defeated the formidable and renowned opponents and won the China Open. Srikanth defeated Lin Dan in sets of 21-19, 21-17, while Saina beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in sets of 21-22, 22-2.
8. Indian Premier Tennis League brought Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to India on December 9.
Novak Djokovic’s first and Roger Federer’s second visit to India was celebrated with great pomp and show from Indian tennis fans. They were a part of the IPTL battle between Indian Aces and UAE Royals and also promised to return in the near future.
9. Kohli scores Twin Centuries on debut as Test Captain. (Dec. 13)
Just after being appointed as the Test captain, Virat Kohli showed his energy and skills for 1st Test and hit two Centuries (115 and 141 respectively). Although the team lost the Adelaide Test by 48 runs, Kohli prove to live up to the expectation of the Indian Cricket Fans.
10. Saurav Ganguly’s Atletico de Kolkata win the first Indian Super League, on December 20.
In one of the closest battle between Sachin Tendulkar’s Kerala Blasters and Saurav Ganguly’s Atletico de Kolkata, Kolkata won the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League Final