2019 has been another great year for Indian Sports. The year began with Blue Tigers beating Thailand 4-1 in the AFC Asian Cup and ended with India National Cricket Team‘s tenth consecutive bilateral series victory against the West Indies. However, there were many other athletes from different sports that won millions of hearts with their performances. As the end of another year dawns upon us, let’s take a look at the 10 proudest moments in Indian sports 2019…
1Deepak Punia’s Gold At Junior World Wrestling Championships
Deepak Punia made the headlines when he won the Junior World Wrestling Championships held in Tallin Estonia in August 2019. He defeated Alik Shebzukhov of Russia in the finals of the 86 kg category to become India’s first Junior Wrestling World Championship Gold medal holder in 18 years.
Punia then made it to the finals of the 86 kg freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championships before settling for a silver medal. By doing so, he ensured he qualified for Tokyo 2020. Deepak was also adjudged as UWW’s Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year.
India’s 🇮🇳 Deepak PUNIA has been named United World Wrestling’s Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year. Punia ended an 18 year drought and became the first Indian wrestler to win a junior world title since 2001.
—#freestyle #uww #unitedworldwrestling pic.twitter.com/2MdoklYHjw
— United World Wrestling (@wrestling) December 16, 2019
2PV Sindhu- The World Champion
2019 was surely a memorable year for ace badminton player PV Sindhu. The Hyderabadi-shuttler scripted history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold at the BWF World Championships. She defeated Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in 37 minutes and became the second women to win five medals at the World Championships.
After her victory, Sindhu has had disappointing performances in the second half of the year. However, the win at the Basel will stay in the hearts and minds of badminton fans for a long time.
3Rohit Sharma sets World Cup on Fire
Rohit Sharma has had a magnificent 2019. However, fans will get a sense of pride when they remember his performances at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England. The opening batsman scored five centuries to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most World Cup centuries. Sharma finished at 648 runs in the tournament as he led India’s hunt for a third World Champion title. The Hitman won ICC Golden Bat and became the third Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to do so.
4The Sumit ‘Nadal’ Set
In August, Sumit Nagal was seeded to play Roger Federer in the first round of the US Open. By the time the first set was over, the world was shocked. 22-year-old Nagal had won the opening set against Tennis legend Federer. He became the first Indian and fourth player in the history of the US Open to do so. While Federer came back as expected and won the next three sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, the moment was, pretty historic for tennis and sports fans in India.
5Hima Das Lights Up June
Nicknamed the “Dhing Express”, Hima Das rose up to the ranks in 2018 by clocking 51.46 seconds in the 400 m final at the 2018 World U-20 Championships 2018 Finland. The 19-year-old sprinter set the tracks on fire in June 2019 when she won 5 gold medals in the span of 19 days. While her performances are scripted in history, they have also flamed a hope for a Gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
6Dutee Chand Wins The Country With Bravery
Dutee Chand won gold in 100m event at the 2019 Summer Universiade in Napoli and became the first Indian woman sprinter to win gold at the World University Games. Days later, the 23-year-old sprinter revealed she was in a same-sex relationship and became the first Indian athlete to come out as LGBTQ+. We are proud of you, Dutee!
Here's something to be proud of as Indians.
Dutee Chand wins gold in 100 meters dash at the World University Games, Napoli 2019. pic.twitter.com/oPTOd5mTSC
— Ⓐⓝⓢⓗⓤⓛ 🇮🇳 ॐ 🇮🇳 (@anshulanurag) July 11, 2019
7Shooters Dominate the World
Indian Shooters dominated the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in 2019. Indian shooting contingent finished first on the overall medal tally with 30 medals (21 Gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze). 15 Indian shooters- Sanjeev Rajput, Aishwary Tomar, Deepak Kumar, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Angad Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan, Tejaswini Sawant, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Rahi Sarnobat, Chinki Yadav, Manu Bhaker, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Yashaswini Singh Deswal.
— Olympics (@Olympics) October 11, 2018
Lakshya Sen is the latest badminton sensation in India. The young Indian shuttler’s win in Bangladesh puts the cherry on top of the cake in 2019. Sen has won five titles in the last seven tournaments. While all eyes were on Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, this 17-year-old athlete has risen up the ranks in the past 3 years. Sen has now become the latest shuttling hope for the next decade.
lakshya sen winning moment
— Bikash Chand Katoch (@KatochBikash) October 13, 2019
9Pankaj Advani’s fifth ‘Hattrick of Hattricks’
Indian Billiards and Snooker legend Pankaj Advani had a wonderful 2019 as he won his 23rd World Champion title. He also achieved the hattrick of hattricks in English Billards and won the World, Asian and Indian National Championship in the same year for the fifth different time. Advani has previously held this feat in 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2017.
10Sathiyan, Kamal take India into Top 10 in TT
The Indian Table Tennis team entered the top ten of the IITF’s rankings for the first time in December. The team comprising of World number 30 Gnanasekaran Sathiyan and World number 36 Sharath Kamal end 2019 on 280 points. While they are equal on points with Austria, the Indian’s rank ahead of them. The ranking is a significant development in the world of Table Tennis.
2019 has been a great year! Various athletes performed their best to make the Indian sporting community proud. KreedOn thanks them and wishes them a happy new year as well as a happy new decade!!