National Sports Day: 10 Defining Moments in Indian Sports


India has seen some brilliant performances in sports since independence, making every Indian proud. As India celebrates National Sports Day in the memory of hockey legend Dhyan Chand, let’s remember some of the awesome performances and appreciate the stunners.

Heroics on the Hockey Field

  1. Heroics on the Hockey Field

Anything to delve into the labyrinth of Indian hockey in terms of recapturing its glory and agony in international arena is an emotional strain. It’s an admixture of delight and despair, of triumphs and tragedies and of course, a saga of enduring faith even in face of persistent fiascos. Eight gold, two silver and one bronze medal in Olympic Games is a fascinating record indeed! And it was Major Dhyan Chand who played a pivotal role in getting us three consecutive gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936.

Abhinav Bindra’s Gold in Beijing Olympics

  1. Abhinav Bindra’s Gold in Beijing Olympics

Though Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s silver in Athens Olympics had brought India into the forefront in shooting, it was Abhinav Bindra’s gold medal win in Beijing Olympics that made India a force to reckon with in the sports. The victory was scripted by his hard work, dedication and the resources he had at his command.

Milkha Singh Flying Sikh Moments

  1. Flying Sikh Moments

Who doesn’t think about this Flying Sikh’s commitment to Indian games? What’s more, when we discuss a portion of India’s most important donning minutes, we can’t avoid Singh’s execution in the 1960 Olympics where he broke the 400m Olympic record yet at the same time lost the bronze by only 0.1 seconds. He additionally won Gold medals in the 1958 Commonwealth Games and 1958, 1962 Asian Games.

Kapil Dev The Historical Wins in Cricket

  1. The Historical Wins in Cricket

India made a much discussed history when it won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1983 by overcoming the West Indies. In the nail-gnawing last, India lost the hurl and was requested to bat first against WI, which apparently had the world’s best knocking down some pins assault at the time. India figured out how to score only 183 runs generally speaking and were in low spirits. “Team, if this is not a winning total it’s definitely a fighting total” Kapil Dev, the then chief of the group said. What’s more, India put up an overcome battle, crushing the adversary by 43 keeps running strikingly.

And then in 2011, Men-In-Blue repeated the feat under ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni, making India the World Champions by beating Sri Lanka.

KD Jadhav First Individual Olympic Win

  1. First Individual Olympic Win

With a staggering gold-winning execution in field hockey at the Olympics, India were yet to win an individual decoration after Norman Pritchard’s silver. After India’s Independence in 1947, India started to contend in numerous individual brandishing events, with wrestling at last packing a bronze at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. Khashaba Dada Saheb Jadhav was the wrestler who excited the country with his stamina in the men’s free-form bantamweight class and won a bronze for India. The 1952 Helsinki Olympics was just the second time (after 1900) when India could pack two awards alongside the renowned gold in field hockey.

Prakash Padukone Glory on badminton courts

  1. Glory on badminton courts

It was Prakash Padukone’s win at the All England Badminton Championships that brought badminton into the limelight in India. P. Gopichand followed suite some 20 years later and badminton became one of the most sought after sports in the country. Later, it was Gopichand’s prodigies Saina Nehwal’s bronze (London Olympics) and PV Sindhu’s silver (Rio Olympics) that gave badminton a further fillip.

Usha’s Win at the Asian Games

  1. Usha’s Win at the Asian Games

PT Usha won four gold and one silver medals in the Olympic style sports occasions of the 1986 Asian Games. She was additionally granted the trophy for the Best Athlete on the planet. Her astonishing triumphs influenced lakhs of women and lit up the possibilities of female competitors in India.

Malleshwari’s Amazing Performance at the Olympics

  1. Malleshwari’s Amazing Performance at the Olympics

Malleswari composed yet another brilliant part in Indian games history by turning into the first Indian lady to win an Olympic decoration. Malleswari won a bronze in the 69 kg class of the weight-lifting title at Sydney Olympics in 2000. She began the opposition with an overcome lead where she entered the competition at 105 kg, while different lifters picked a 100 kg weight. She later went up to 110 kg throughout the following two endeavours.

Sushil Kumar’s feat on the mat

  1. Sushil Kumar’s feat on the mat

Sushil Kumar made the entire nation proud with his efforts in the Beijing Olympics. He won the bronze medal in the Men’s 66kg Freestyle Wrestling event by defeating Leonid Spiridonov from Kazakhstan. There have been instance where a player has faded after the Olympic glory but that was not the case with Sushil. In 2010, Sushil Kumar became the first Indian wrestler to win a world championship title. He also won a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in the same year. He achieved a rare feat by winning his match in a record 9 seconds in the semi-final match in the Commonwealth Games. Sushil once again proved his mettle by winning the silver medal in London Olympics.

The Iconic Comeback of the Women Cricket Team

  1. The Iconic Comeback of the Women Cricket Team

India went up against England at the home of cricket — Lord’s — in the World Cup finals in July. After a brave exertion by Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian group beat Australia, the safeguarding champions by 36 runs in the semi-finals. Despite the fact that the group, driven by Mithali Raj, lost the nail-gnawing match against England, they won the hearts of the country.