National Sports Day: Cricketers stand out, shuttlers impress

first_imgIndian sports has been on the rise in recent times with cricket and badminton leading the way.Here’s a look at how the Indian sports has fared in the last one year since Rio Olympics in 2016:WATCH FULL VIDEOCRICKETIn the last one year, India have reached greater heights in cricket. They have demolished their opponents in the Test series and saw off challenges in the ODI series with captain Virat Kohli shouldering the bulk of the burden. MS Dhoni, who stepped down from limited-overs captaincy earlier this year, is keeping alive his hopes of playing at the World Cup in 2019.Reuters PhotoIn this period, India beat New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1-0), Australia (2-1) and Sri Lanka (3-0) in the Test series. In ODIs, India won 3-2 against New Zealand, 2-1 against England, beat West Indies (3-1) and have taken an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series against Sri Lanka.Reuters PhotoKohli also guided his troops at the ICC Champions Trophy where India ended runners-up after losing in the final to arch-rivals Pakistan.India’s women’s team also produced some spectacular performances at the World Cup in England in July. Mithali Raj led the team to final where India suffered a heartbreak against hosts England. Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Harmanpreet Kaur were the shining stars for the Indian team.Reuters PhotoBADMINTONPV Sindhu has been the toast of the nation ever since her silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Kidambi Srikanth who reached the quarter-final at the Olympics too has been in good form with back–to-back Super Series titles. Saina has also come out all guns blazing after her injury.advertisementReuters PhotoIn the recently concluded World Badminton Championships in Glasgow, Sindhu settled for silver after going down to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in a thrilling final on Sunday. Saina too ended third best to get a bronze after her defeat in the semi-finals.PRO BOXINGVijender Singh was the first India to take up professional boxing. He has maintained his unbeaten streak at the pro level with nine consecutive victories. In his recent bout in Mumbai, Vijender defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China by unanimous decision in a tough 10-round contest to retain his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and take over his opponent’s WBO Oriental Super Middleweight crown.Reuters PhotoTaking a leaf out of the Olympic medallist’s books, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion Akhil Kumar also became a pro boxer. Making his professional debut at the age of 36, Akhil defeated Ty Gilchrist by a technical knockout (TKO) in the Junior Welterweight category after the Australian was deemed unfit to contest further at the end of the second round.last_img read more

Kargil Vijay Diwas: India sports stars pay tribute to war heroes

first_imgSports fraternity on Friday saluted the Indian soldiers who made sacrifices on the line of duty, on the 20th anniversary of India’s triumph in the Kargil war. Players across different sports took to Twitter to hail the Indian soldiers.The Indian armed forces had defeated Pakistan on July 26, 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas.India cricket team captain Virat Kohli said: “We will never forget all the sacrifices you made for us. Respect, Love, Salute. ???? #JaiHind #KargilVijayDiwas.”Gautam Gambhir, Former Indian cricketer and East Delhi MP, tweeted: “ai mere vtn ke logon, tum khuub lgaa lo naaraa ye shubh din hai hm sbkaa, lhraa lo tirNgaa pyaaraa pr mt bhuulo siimaa pr, viiroN ne haiN praann gvaaye kuch yaad unheN bhii kr lo, jo lautt ke ghr n aaye / ” kaargil ke shhiid jvaanoN ko meraa dil se sht sht nmn bhaart maataa kii jy #KargilVijayDiwas.” India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said that he will not forget the sacrifices made by the Indian Army.”I will never forget the sacrifices made by the martyrs of our Indian Army, the courage they showed in the Kargil war. Jai Hind! #KargilVijayDiwas,” Dhawan tweeted.India batsman Suresh Raina also paid his tribute as he wrote: “I salute the unflinching courage of our martyred soldiers & everyone who fought the Kargil War diligently, protected the nation & its people. Your sacrifices will be held in high regard & remembered today & every day. #KargilVijayDiwas.””I bow down to the sacrifice of the soldiers who reclaimed the peaks, sacrificed their lives and salute the courage and valour of the men and women who stand guard. #KargilVijayDiwas,” former Indian cricket VVS Laxman wrote.advertisementFormer Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweeted: ” “Kargil ke Amar Jawan, Aapko hamara Salaam”. Homage and gratitude to our brave soldiers. The nation will always be grateful to you for your sacrifice, valour and courage #KargilVijayDiwas.””All Gave Some,Some Gave All. Fallen But Never Forgotten. #KargilVijayDivas #20YearsOfKargilVijay,” wrote Indian boxer Vijender Singh on the micro-blogging site.Also Read | Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Lasith Malinga in 1st ODI vs BangladeshAlso See:last_img read more