Most iconic moments in Indian sports 2021- Another year embarking on its ending. 2021 might have been yet another pandemic year for us, but now that it is coming to an end, it gave us some of the most memorable and iconic moments in the history of sports. From Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold in the Olympics to Virat Kohli’s shocking step down from captaincy, the year was a bizarre one that we all witnessed. Even around the globe, it didn’t fail to entertain us. Fans witnessed some of the most amazing moments, be it Messi lifting his first international trophy with Argentina or winning 7th Ballon dOr’s or and the controversial Formula one win of Max Verstappen, it was a bang on one.
Well, today we’ll be just looking over some of the most iconic moments in Indian sports 2021. Grab a corner seat of your couch as this one’s long to read.
Golds and glory in Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics 2020
Neeraj Chopra, take a bow. His gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is perhaps one of the best highlights of 2021 in Indian sports. But in his celebration, we must not forget other athletes who not only bagged a few medals but made our country proud. Indian Hockey team won the bronze medal by defeating Great Britain 3-1. PV Sindhu was eying a gold medal for herself but was only able to clinch a bronze medal. Mirabai Chanu won a silver medal in a combined lift of 202 kg in women’s 49kg weightlifting event. Lovlina Borgohain was India’s only boxer to win a bronze medal. Ravi Dahiya and Bajrang Punia took home silver and bronze medals in wrestling.
Even in Paralympics, Indian para-athletes easily surpassed their previous best of four medals in 2016. The Indian team took home 19 medals, including five gold, eight silver, and six bronze. 19-year-old Avani Lekhara became the first Indian female athlete to grab a gold medal in shooting. She also won a bronze medal, thus becoming the first Indian women athlete to win two medals in the same sport. Moreover, Bhavina Patel became the first-ever Indian to win a silver medal in table tennis at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Sunil Chhetri’s goal tally
Hard days to witness in Indian football but Chhetri has given us something that we can celebrate. The skipper is now named as an active top scorer alongside football’s greatest stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 80 international goals and have even surpassed Pele’s record of 77. Cristiano is the obvious topper of this list, who has scored 115 goals, while Messi is tied with Chhetri, but both are actually at 5th if non-active goal scorers are counted. It’s indeed a proud moment for Indian football and we hope to listen to our national anthem in FIFA World Cup.
Virat Kohli stepping down from captaincy
Indian cricket superstar Virat Kohli’s stepping down from captaincy almost made our pupils big. The batsman publicly stated in September that he will step down as India’s T20I captain following the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He also stated that he will lead Royal Challengers Bangalore for the final time during the second leg of the IPL in 2021. Quite an interesting one, to be honest, we’ll surely love to see him back as an Indian skipper.
Pakistan defeating India
Ummm..the ‘mauka mauka’ advert might have been unnecessary after all. Pakistan defeated India in the T20 World Cup. But for real though, it was a well-deserved win for PAK and perhaps a time for some SWOT analysis for the men in blue. The result was indeed painful for Indian fans, but that’s the beauty of sports when after the match Kholi and Dhoni congratulated Babar Azam and co. It was indeed a touching moment for cricket.
Smriti Mandhana’s maiden test century
Smriti Mandhana of India made her name to the history books, she became the first Indian woman to score a test century in Australia when she hit a century during the one-off Test during India’s women’s tour of Australia. Mandhana also scored his first Test century.
CSK clinching 4th title with MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni lifted the fourth IPL title with CSK thus creating yet another record for himself. CSK was often termed as old team or dad’s army, but Dhoni’s men demonstrated that experience counts even in an ever-changing format that necessitates powerplay in its purest form. The victory also moved CSK closer to breaking Mumbai Indians’ IPL record of five victories.
Rahul Dravid getting the Indian cricket team job
Veteran former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has been hired as Team India’s head coach, with Ravi Shastri’s tenure ending after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. We are surely bracing ourselves for a turnaround in the Indian cricket team, let’s see how things go.