In the history of Indian sports there are several nostalgic moments that made diehard sports fans emotional. On that topic we have compiled a list of most memorable moments in Indians sports.
It is easy to say that winning and losing is a part of the game but those who understand and love sports know that it is so much more than just a game. It is an emotion, one that makes you laugh, cry, jump, shout, pray and even curse.
We all can’t play on the grandest stage but we believe in those who do. They are our eyes, our hopes and our aspirations and because of them a passion for a game burns within us.
Let us have a look at the most nostalgic moment in Indian sports which made us emotional (in the sequence of the year it happened):
Milkha Singh missing bronze at the Rome Olympics, 1960
With two major gold medals under his belt from the 1958 Commonwealth Games and the 1958 Asian Games at Tokyo, the expectations went up manifolds when Milkha Singh made it to the finals of the 400 metres event in 1960 Olympics.
In finals, he led by a significant margin but slowed down at around the 250-metre mark with the intention to conserve energy for the end. It turned out to be a blunder and he eventually ended up fourth. Milkha Singh clocked 45.7 seconds and bronze medal went to Malcolm Spence of South Africa (45.60 seconds).
What was even more heartbreaking was the fact that Milkha fell short of a medal only by 0.1 seconds.
His timing of 45.7 seconds remained unbroken national record for 40 years.
Cricket World Cup Win -1983
Those were the days of the longer format of One Day Internationals i.e. 120 overs of play or 60 overs a side. India won its first ever Cricket Prudential World Cup, by defeating the West Indies under the leadership of the all-time great, all-rounder Kapil Dev.
In the finals, India were bowled out for a mere total of 183 runs from 54.4 overs and Viv Richards launched carnage on the Indian bowlers. Indian team showed its guts and hunger to achieve their dreams. The scintillating catch of Sir Vivian Richards by Kapil Dev and the lbw dismissal of Felix Dujon lives long in the memory of every cricket loving Indian.
Picture of Kapil Dev lifting of the World Cup still makes us emotional and that’s why it got a place on our list of the most nostalgic moments of Indian sports.
The win ushered the sport into the interest of an entire nation and today cricket has become a religion in India.
Viswanathan Anand wins the World Chess Championship – 2000
Third on the list of nostalgic moments is around our very own”Vishy”. Viswanathan Anand opened a new era in Indian chess history as World chess champion by scoring a hat-trick of victories over Alexei Shirov to win the title by a huge 3.5-0.5 margin. It was the shortest World championship match ever.
Anand’s victory brings several firsts. First in Asia to win the world championship. Some say the first vegetarian to do so.
He was the first-ever recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991, which is India’s highest sporting honour. In 2007, he became the first sportsperson to be awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan.
Abhinav Bindra Olympics Gold medal – 2008
After Independence in 1947, India had won five Olympics Gold medals – all in Hockey.
Leander Paes’ bronze at the 1996 Atlanta Games was a moment to cherish. Karnam Malleswari clinched another bronze four years later in Sydney.
In 2004 at Athens, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won first Olympics silver in the men’s double trap event.
The golden day for which all of India had waited for years, came in China in 2008. Bindra won India’s first individual Gold medal in the men’s 10m air rifle shooting competition at Beijing Olympics.
Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement – 2013
Last on list of nostalgic moments is revolves around the God of Cricket. It was 14th November and the first day of test match between India and West Indies at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. India won the toss and decided to field first and bowled out West Indies for just 182.
It was India’s turn to bat and they were 77 when the second wicket fell and Tendulkar walked out to bat. The evergreen chants of “Saaachiin, Saaachiiin” filled the stadium.
Sachin scored 74, India were finally bowled out for 495. India won by the match by an innings and 126 runs as Shami uprooted Gabriel’s middle stump.
As Mohammed Shami took the final wicket, every single Tendulkar fan in the stands and on the field, stood as one to bid adieu to Tendulkar.
It looked like that Team India did not have eleven players – it had a billion. The signboard at Wankhede read: You will always be remembered!
It was over. It was Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and his last Test match. It was hard to believe for fans sitting in the stadium that Sachin Tendulkar would never play for India again.
He was given a heartfelt guard of honour by his team-mates. There were tears in his eyes and millions around the world had in theirs too.
The master blaster was finally handed over the mic for his farewell speech. He thanked all the people who contributed to his life and career. The choke in his voice could be felt.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar finally exited the ground. While leaving the ground, he also left behind 24 years of legacy.
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