India’s sporting rise in the year 2014 was nothing short of spectacular. The Indian athletes performed exceptionally well in different sports which stood out in the year. There were some performances which hogged the limelight and caught the eyes of the people and media. As the calendar turns to 2015, we take alook at India’s performances in the year 2014.
The likes of PV Sindhu, K Srikanth and Saina Nehwal were the main stars of the show for India in 2014. Saina Nehwal won three titles; the China Open, Australian Open and Indian open. K Srikanth who was 47th this year climbed to number 4 in the World in BWF Rankings. He beat China’s Lin Dan in finals of China Master finals, reached the semi finals of Hong Kong Open and Dubai Super Finals. PV Sindhu too performed reasonably well by retaining the Macau Final. The Indian women team won the bronze medal in Asian games after a long time, won the bronze medal in Uber Cup. These performances will go a long way to boost the performance of Indian badminton.
Hockey: In the year 2014 Indian hockey performed brilliantly. After finishing a disappointing 9th in Hockey World Cup , they came back strongly to finish second in the Commonwealth games 2014, they lost to Australia in the finals. After that India won the gold medal after 16 years in the Asian games and booking a direct entry into the Rio Olympics 2016. In the Champions Trophy held in Bhuvneshwar Indian hockey team finished 4th in the tournament. The Junior Hockey team retained the Sultan Johor Baru Cup.
Shooting: In Shooting Jitu Rai won the first gold medal in the Asian games 2014. Abhinav Bindra retired from professional shooting. Bindra won the bronze medal in singles event and bronze in team event.
Boxing: Mary Kom won the gold medal in Asian games 2014. Other female boxers like Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani won bronze medals in their respective categories.
Wrestling: In Wrestling Yogeshwar Dutt was shining star for India. In the Asian games 2014 he won the gold medal for India after 28 years. Apart from this Sushil Kumar won the gold medal in Commonwealth games 2014 in Scotland.
Athletics: In Athletics the biggest surprise was Khusbir Kaur who won the first ever medal for India in 20 km race walk. She won the silver medal in Asian games 2014. Other notable performance was Vikas Gowda who won the gold medal at Commonwealth games in 2014 and silver in Asian games 2014. The Indian women’s relay team retained the gold medal with a games record.
Squash: Despite not being a popular sport in the country, the Indian team did brilliantly well. The pair of Joshna Chinappa and Dipkia Pallikal won the first ever gold medal in the Commonwealth games in Scotland. After that in the Asian games, Sourav Ghosal won the silver medal in men’s singles and Deepkia Pallikal won the bronze medal in women’s singles. The success story continued as the men’s team won the gold medal and women’s team won silver medal.
Swimming: In the Asian games 2014 the Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal won rare medal in this sports. Sejwal won the bronze medal for the first time. It was an excellent effort to win a medal in such a tough competition which included Chinese, Japanese and Koreans.
Tennis: In Tennis Saina Mirza was the star in Indian tennis. She won the gold medal in Mixed doubles with Saketh Mireyni in Asian games 2014 and also won the bronze medal in women’s doubles. The Champions League was organized where many former players participated in the tournament.
Kabbadi: It was a brilliant year for Kabaddi. The first ever Pro Kabaddi took place which was a huge success. There were 8 teams participating in the tournament. It was watched by huge crowds at the stadium. The Bollywood stars and Cricketers bought the teams. The Indian men’s team won the gold medal at Asian games 2014 for 7th time and women’s team won for the 2nd time.
Football: The first ever Indian Super League was organized in the country. It was a huge success as the Indian players got a chance to play with exprienced international players from the World. The support in each of staduims were brillant and can act as catyalst for young Indian football players. The Bollywood stars and cricketers bought the teams and supported their teams.