India, is still far away from achieving its true potential in the field of sports. That does not mean that our country’s sportspersons haven’t made marks that have been the gold standard in sports. Here is a look at some of the most impressive world records held by Indians across the world of sports:
1.) PANKAJ ADVANI:
At the age of 10, Pankaj held his first cue and a year later he beat his elder brother to the State title. If there ever was a sign of greatness, it was his natural talent and understanding of the game.
6 months into college where he was pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, he won his first World Championship at the age of 18. At the2005 ISBF world Championships in Malta, he secured the first ever Grand Double. In terms of Points and Time formats of the year he led the global rankings. In the October of 2014 the young Indian won the Grand Double for a record third time.
He is the only player with world titles in both Snooker and Billiards in all formats and remains active in both the sports.
With 59 titles (16 World Championships, 29 National Titles, 7 Asian Titles, 2 Asian Championship golds, 1 Australian Open) he is the most decorated Indian sportsperson ever and remains one of the most decorated sportpersons globally.
2.) SACHIN TENDULKAR:
If there ever was a word synonymous with cricket it would be that of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. There are only a few records in the world of batting that have not been touched by “Master Blaster”.
In the November of 1989 a 16 year old, short batsman played his first match for his country. That was the beginning of Sachin’s career. A career that has spanned across almost 24 years has helped him amass records that will always make him one of the greatest player of the game.
In the longest ODI career of 22 years and 91 days he recorded a rare first triple with: 15,000 runs (18,426: highest run getter in ODI cricket), 100 catches (140) and 100 wickets (154). In 463 innings he scored 49 centuries with an average of 44.63 runs each game.
The player who represented Bombay has an even more impressive record in Test Cricket. In 200 innings he scored 51 centuries and has 15,921 runs which the most for any player.
A player, that all generations will remember fondly, with a total of 34,347runs he remains the highest run getter of all time.
3.) DEVENDRA JHAJHARIA:
“I have never compromised with my training”, said Sandeep Jhajharia in a press conference. These are certainly the words he lives by.
The F- 46 category athlete has been an expert at Javelin Throw. His exploits at the World Championships, Asian Games earned him the Khel Ratan.
The man from Rajasthan made his World Record in 2004 and since then he has bettered it 3 times. The current World Mark set by Jhajharia was 63.7 meters.
With two gold World Championship medals and two paralympic golds to his name he is the most decorated track and field athlete that India has produced.
4.) HEENA SANDHU:
The Shooter from Punjab has been a wonderful performer for the country and her record goes on to show that. Her father, brother and husband happen to be national level shooter. To make a name for herself she needed to do something big and that she did.
In the April of 2014, Heena secured the top spot in Global rankings. This was the first time an Indian had achieved that feat. A year before she won the ISSF World Championships. She became the first Indian ever to win a gold at the ISSF world Championships.
A right hand and sight dominant shooter, her family’s involvement into the sport got her into the sport early on. In 2006 at the age of 17 she was vying for a spot on the senior team and found herself as the prestigious Patiala club member.
Her pet event is the 10m air pistol shooting and she has a haul of more than 10 international medals. Her most recognizable achievement happens to be the World Record she set in 2013. In the ISSF world Championships, Munich her entry into the event was through invitation due to withdrawal of other participants. That lucky invitation allowed her to win the event and in the process set a world record of 203.8 points. A golden mark that still remains untouched.
5.) INDIAN MEN’S HOCKEY TEAM:
While it has been a long standing misconception as to whether Hockey is our national sport or not, our men’s team has won the maximum gold medals in that event.
Field Hockey was introduced as a sport in the 1908 Olympic games. Since then all the editions of the Summer Olympics have had Hockey as a sport.
India has taken part in the event 20 times and remains the most successful country of all time. In their 20 years of participation, they have had 11 podium finishes. That the highest out of all the Hockey playing countries in the world.
India has an unprecedented 8 gold medals to its name in the same. This kind of domination by one country is rarely seen in global sports. This outright domination has left such a high standard for the current team that they are still struggling to reach those heights.
6.) THE INDIAN EXPRESS:
The Indian Express happens to be the nickname of tennis duo of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. With a total of 27 grand slams under their belt, they are the most successful players that India has produced.
The two started a partnership in men’s double that is yet to have an equal. The two joined hands in 1997 and went on to win 23 matches in the Davis Cup. They split in 2010 because of multiple differences that arose over time.
These two players have left behind a record of 23 straight wins, a streak that will take years to break or even come close to. The Indian express ruled the roost for a long time in Tennis Doubles and this unique stretch would be a mark to reach for all the new pairs in men’s tennis.
7.) INDIAN KABADDI TEAM:
Governed by the International Kabaddi Federation, the Indian team has dominated the sport since the time Kabaddi went international. The closest parallel to this domination is United States free run in International basketball.
Both the men’s and women’s team have made the sport their own internationally. All the international events that they have taken part in, have been won by them. The men’s team has won 7 Asian games gold medals and taken the title in all the three World Cups yet. The women’s team has also swept away the three World Championships that have been held.
They have also been the recipients of two Asian Games golds.
Though Kabaddi is an indigenous sport, our country’s hold over the game is something to be proud of.