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