India has never been a country where much importance is given to sports but over the years this thinking of various people has changed. This has been possible only because of the some sports persons and the milestone they have achieved in their field despite facing a lots and lots of difficulty. For sure this has increased the interest of people more towards sports in India. Here in this article we are going to discuss such top ten achievement that India has managed to achieve over the years. Here follows the list.
10. Narain Karthikeyan in F1 Race
Our list of the India’s greatest achievement in sports starts with Narain Karthikeyan at the number tenth spot. Formula 1 race which has a tremendous fan following all over the world has been recently organised in India too. Its feels proud to state that Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan is the first Indian to race as a Formula 1 driver. He went into building career in this field when majority of Indian had no idea what Formula 1 race was all about and today he has managed to grab a respectable place there. Because of him many more people have got inspired and have started getting into this sport.
9. Prakash Padukone in All England Badminton Championship
Prakash Padukone who used to represent India in the badminton is at the number ninth place in our list. This great Indian personality is the first Indian to win the All England Badminton Championship. He did this amazing task in the year 1980. When Prakash Padukone started playing badminton, his father was secretary in the Mysore Badminton Association. He carried on to the legacy of his father and managed to achieve the feat where no other Indian has ever managed to reach. Apart from winning the All England Badminton Championship, he also won the Swedish Open, Danish Open, London Masters’ Open and the Commonwealth Games medal in the year 1979.
8. Sania Mirza in Women Tennis
Sania Mirza who represents the country in the Women Tennis is at the number eighth place in the list. In fact she is the only women Indian player who has ever won a WTA title. Moreover she is the only Indian who has managed to break into the world ranking of Top 30 players. She has achieved the career high ranking of 27. Sania Mirza is also the first women from the country to have won the Grand Slam title. Till date she has won two Grand Slams. She has achieved the feat in women tennis which no other women from India ever managed to get. With her performance she has encouraged many more Indians to join the Tennis.
7. Tennis Team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes
Famous by the name of “Indian Express”, these two great Indian are the best Indian tennis player of all time. Together as a team they have dominated the world circuit from the year 1996 to 2002. This Indian tennis pair has the record of being the first Indians to win a Grand Slam tournament. They have also won the gold medals in the Asian Games held in Doha and Busan. These two players have surely given new heights to the tennis in India and have carried the flag of Indian tennis for many years. Despite the fact that the relationship between these two player is not at all good now, they still are considered as one of the best doubles partners of all times.
6. Saina Nehwal in Badminton
This Indian lady named as the Saina Nehwal is at the number sixth place in our list of the top ten India’s greatest achievement in sports. She has managed to claim a place in the women badminton where no other Indian has ever managed to reach. Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win a medal, which was bronze in the Olympic Games. She is the first Indian player to reach a career high ranking of 2 in the world. Over the years she has won nearly all the major badminton tournaments that are held in various parts of the world. Saina Nehwal is the Khel Ratna Award winner given by the Government of India. She is the source of inspiration for many people in India.
5. Twenty20 Cricket World Cup Win in 2007
India is a very big name in the world cricket and in fact is only among few teams in the world which has won almost every major ICC tournaments that have held over the winner. The Indian Cricket Team made the country proud when they won the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup which was held in the year 2007. This was the inaugural world championship on shortest format of cricket and India were the first proud winner of the same. They defeated their arch rival Pakistan in the final and won the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in the year 2007. This tournament was held in South Africa. Whole country celebrated this moment.
4. Viswanathan Anand Becoming First Grandmaster
Many people believe that the Chess was originated in India and is played in this country from ancient times. Viswanathan Anand is the one who has made Indians proud in this sport. Just at the age of eighteen Viswanathan Anand became the first Indian to be a Grand Master (GM). He is also the first Indian who won the World Junior Chess Championship. Because of his very high dedication towards the sport and the milestone he has achieved over the years, he is respected by one and all throughout the world. He has been awarded by various awards for the same.
3. Abhinav Bindra Winning Individual Olympic Gold
India’s third greatest achievement in sports came when Abhinav Bindra won the first individual Olympic gold medal in the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games held at Beijing. This gold medal at the Olympic Games came after a gap of 28 years. The last Olympic Games gold medal which India won was in hockey in the year 1980 then. He did this amazing task on 11th August 2008. The Indian were delighted to hear the news and they all welcomed their beloved son with huge fan fare. He has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Padme Bhushan Award after his success at 2008 Olympic Games.
2. Cricket World Cup Win in 1983
The second place in the list of the top ten India’s greatest achievement in the field of sports is when the Indian Cricket Team won the Cricket World Cup for the first time in the year 1983. It was a big moment for everyone throughout the country. Cricket is considered as a religion in India and it is one such sport which binds all the Indians together. The team which was led by the skipper Kapil Dev defeated the West Indies cricket team to grab the trophy for the first time in the history of the game. This win gave a hope to thousands of people to pay this sport and have a future in it.
1. Indian Hockey Team Winning First Olympic Gold Medal
Undoubtedly the best achievement of India in the field of sports came in the year 1928 when they won the first Olympic Games gold medal. This gold medal India won was in Hockey. In 1928 Olympic Games, India defeated Holland by a score of 3 – 0 to grab the Olympic gold for the first time. This win gave India recognition at the world’s stage. After this Olympic Games the Indian Hockey Team won the Olympic gold for a record six consecutive times. Till date Indian Hockey Team has won 8 Olympic Gold medal and this is for sure the greatest achievement by India in the field of sports.