OTHER THAN CRICKET
Over the years, many Indian sportsmen have gone to heights and achieved what only few or no one has achieved in the sporting world.
We are not only tough competitors, but even hold records that no other country or individual has been able to accomplish.
This does not go only for cricket, which has also seen a golden era and someone iconic players that have shined for a lot of years.
Here’s a list of top 10 sporting moments I have selected which in my opinion are just few of the greatest achievements of our sportsmen.
1. INDIAN FOOTBALL GOLDEN ERA
The current Indian football men’s team ranks at 141. Our average rank has been 133. But this wasn’t the case always. The Indian team was among the top 20 teams in the world after winning the Asian games in 1951 and 1962. It also qualified for the 1950 FIFA world cup but was disqualified because the team could not afford the required shoes.
2. BADMINTON HEROES
The All England Badminton Championships were won by Indians Prakash Padukone and P Gopichand in 1980 and 2001 respectively. This is one of the oldest and one of the most prestigious badminton tournament.
3. INDIAN HOCKEY UNDER DHYAN CHAND
Led India to Olympic gold in 1928, 1932 and finally in 1936, where India beat Germany which was then under Hitler. Hitler was so impressed, that he offered Dhyan Chand a German citizenship. This was truly a time when India completely dominated the hockey world.
4. MARY KOM
She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She won the 2012 Olympics bronze medal after becoming the first Indian woman to qualify for the games. She has also been ranked as No. 4 in World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
9. BILLIARDS AND SNOOKER
10. INDIAN TENNIS
We know a lot about Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman, but only some of us know about Ramanathan Krishnan who was ranked World No.3 and reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 1960, 61. He defeated the great Roy Emerson.