10 Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports (Part 2)Posted By: Sufia Banu | August 17, 2017
India has tons of talented sportsmen who have often made global audience as well as media sit up and pay attention. It’s always worth remembering the great things achieved by these sportsmen, not just because they are incredible achievements that got recorded in sports history books for the rest of eternity but also because they are human achievements. Here we are with the 2nd part of the Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports.
♦ Continuation of ⇒ 10 Grandest History Of Indian Sports (Part 1)
These grand moments reflect what humans can achieve even when such a feat has never been pulled off or thought of before. This is part 2 of my attempt to list some of the most memorable moments in the history of Indian sports. Brace yourselves for another dose of sheer awesomeness of Indian athletes.
Table of Contents
- 10 Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports (Part 2)
- When Saina Nehwal Nailed The Indonesian Open
- Anju Bobby George’s Glorious Long Jump
- India Kabaddi Team Won The First Kabaddi World Cup
- Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s Silver Win
- Pankaj Advani Won The World Billiard Championship Like A Boss
- When Narain Karthikeyan Became India’s First Formula One Racer
- When Abhinav Bindra Won India’s First Individual Gold Medal
- Mary Kom’s Golden Winning Moment At The Asian Games
- Sachin Tendulkar’s Glorious 100th International Century
- The Day Yuvraj Singh Swung Six Sixes In A Single Over
10 Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports (Part 2)
When Saina Nehwal Nailed The Indonesian Open
In the year 2009, Saina Nehwal by winning the Indonesian Open became the first Indian to win the most prestigious title of BWF Super Series. She defeated Chinese super power Wang Lin. Nehwal assured herself of the No.1 spot in Women’s Singles on March 28, 2015 becoming the first Indian women to do so and the second Indian after Prakash Padukone.
Just so that you know Saina was a Bronze medal winner at the London Olympics 2012. She also has a brown belt in Karate, just saying.
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Anju Bobby George’s Glorious Long Jump
Anju Bobby George made a historic 6.70m long jump at the 2003 World Championship in Athletics. She was awarded with a bronze medal, becoming the first Indian to ever win a medal at the prestigious Championship.
Again in 2005 at the IAAF World Athletics Final, Anju, in a performance that she considered her best, won gold.
Fun fact: In the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo, Anju came second winning the silver but owing to the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova from Russia, she was upgraded, winning the gold medal.
India Kabaddi Team Won The First Kabaddi World Cup
The first Kabaddi World Cup was held in the year 2004 and unsurprisingly Indian team nailed the cup. Since 2010 the Kabaddi World Cup has become an annual event and India remains unbeaten till date (in both men’s and women’s categories).
For those of you who don’t know what Kabaddi is, here was tiny introduction to this amazing sport – The game has its origin in ancient India. Largely popular in South Asia, the Indian Kabaddi follows four kinds of styles – Sanjeevani, Amar, Gaminee & Punjabi. It’s also the national game of Nepal and Bangladesh.
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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s Silver Win
In the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athen, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became a national hero after winning Silver at the Men’s Double Trap with 179 points. Rathore is the second Indian sportsman, following Norman Pritchard double win at the 1990 Paris Olympics, to have won individual Silver for the country.
Fun Facts: Rathore is a Rajput and a direct descendant of Bikaner’s first King Rao Bikaji. He studied in the National Defence Academy and till 2013; he was a Colonel at the Indian Army. Rathore is also a politician and under Narendra Modi’s Indian government, serves as Minister of State for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
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Pankaj Advani Won The World Billiard Championship Like A Boss
During the 2014 IBSF World Billiards Championship held at Qawra, Malta, Advani nailed a ‘grand double’ by winning both the time and point formats, creating a sensation throughout the country.
Pankaj has a long list of achievement in the world of billiard and snooker. And quite obviously he holds a number of rare records like, being the only Indian who won amateur title for both billiard and snooker, the only man who in a single season won all 5 regional, national, and world billiards tournaments. Undoubtedly he has been showered with a great many national awards.
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When Narain Karthikeyan Became India’s First Formula One Racer
Narain Karthikeyan (has a rather long name – Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan, just saying) is Indian’s first F1 racer who made his debut with the Jordan team in the year 2005.
A little history behind this smoking driver – Narain is actually related to India’s former most famous racing driver S. Karivardhan. Following 2005, Narain became a Williams F1 test driver for two years and like many F1 drivers, he too began stock car racing. In 2007, he also drove for the Indian A1 Team.
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It was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics that Abhinav nailed Gold at the 10 m Air Rifle event becoming the first Indian to do just that. Also, by winning the Gold, Abhinav made a record of being the only Indian who have won both the World and Olympic titles simultaneously. In 2014, Abhinav once again nailed Gold at the Commonwealth Games.
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Mary Kom’s Golden Winning Moment At The Asian Games
Kom (born Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom) is a badass Indian boxer. She’s popularly known as ‘Magnificent Mary’. In the 2014, Asian Games held in South Korea, Mary following a glorious performance became the first Indian women boxer to win Gold at the said event. Beside these Mary is the only female boxer who had won all six Championships. As if these weren’t enough, she is also a 5 times champion of the World Amateur Boxing. Again in 2012, Mary became the first Indian woman boxer to qualify for the Summer Olympics. She took an Olympics Bronze Medal home that year.
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Sachin Tendulkar’s Glorious 100th International Century
In India Sachin Tendulkar is a household name. And rightly so; this cricket God has tons of records and accolades in his name. On 16 March 2012, the legend scored his 100th international century at the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh. It was a much awaited first of its kind moment. Sachin said he had been feeling the sting of a pressure before achieving this feat. Everywhere he went people talked about his 99 centuries and how he’ll soon score the 100th one (which he eventually did).
India lost the match though, just saying. Still one of the Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports
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The Day Yuvraj Singh Swung Six Sixes In A Single Over
Speaking of Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports, I still remember the national newspaper having six simultaneous pictures of Yuvraj swinging his bat seconds after smashing six sixes one after another in a single over.
It was during the 2007 World Twenty20, in a match against England. The unfortunate bowler was Stuart Broad. Only thrice in the entire history of world cricket has such a feat been performed, but never between Test cricket match in an international game.
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Yuvraj Singh is a cancer survivor and had founded ‘YouWeCan’, an organisation for treating cancer patients. Moreover, he has also announced that by 2018, he’ll invest something between 40 to 50 crores for entrepreneurial ventures by young Indians. It was one of the Grandest Moments In The History Of Indian Sports.
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