Amid the gloom of the coronavirus, Indian sports shone like never before in 2021. But being 2021 a year of the Olympics, which has been a year behind thanks to the global pandemic, Indian sports have also had their share of flavor of the Games. But cricket, India’s first love, brought great joy and pride to fans as an exhausted Indian cricket team won a series of cricket in Australia, thanks to a new generation of young people who will become future stars of world cricket.
Here is an overview of 10 unforgettable moments:
1. Gold medal of Neeraj Chopra
Nothing beats an Olympic gold medal. And for a country so enamored of all that glitters, some gold has continued to elude Indians for so long that it has become a national obsession. But at the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra not only ended a 13-year wait for an individual gold medal, but also became the first Indian track and field athlete to win a medal at the Olympics.
2. Paralympians – Record medal collection
In Tokyo, India also won its highest number of medals at the Olympics, with the Paralympians returning home with five gold, eight silver and six bronze for a total of 19. India finds its heroes from all over the country. And arguably the biggest star of the Indian countryside was 20-year-old Avani Lekhara, who won gold and bronze. But there were many more who won the hearts and minds of their compatriots with their fight.
3. Bronze medal in hockey
India ended its Olympic hockey medal drought with the men’s team winning bronze at the Tokyo Games. India beat Germany 5-4 in a thriller. India, still the most successful hockey nation at the Olympics, won the last gold medal at the Moscow Games in 1980. The women’s team also nearly opened their medal account in Tokyo. But they lost to Great Britain in the bronze medal qualifiers.
4. Mirabai Chanu Silver Medal
India has probably sent its largest Olympic contingent to Tokyo. The expectation of an unprecedented medal harvest was there. But the noisy contingent of world-class shooters, archers, wrestlers and boxers still needed a strong start to the 2020 Games. And Saikhom Mirabai Chanu ensured that start with an exemplary performance on the day of the match. opening of the Games by winning a silver medal. It is another matter, however, that the majority of India’s medal hopefuls have returned empty-handed.
5. Lovlina Borgohain’s bronze medal
Who doesn’t love an outsider story! For millions of Indians, the script for such an enduring story was provided by Lovlina Borgohain with her epic performance at the Tokyo Olympics. She won a bronze medal in women’s boxing and thus became only the second Indian boxer and third overall after MC legends Mary Kom and Vijender Singh to win an Olympic medal. She was also the first woman to qualify for the Assam Olympics.
6. PV Sindhu Bronze Medal
PV Sindhu is now a usual winner, a rare trait for Indian sports stars. A true global superstar. Already a world champion and one of the most successful commuters, PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman and the second in the country to win individual medals at multiple Olympic Games. The Rio silver medalist won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games. Best of all, PV Sindhu is only 26 years old.
7. Win the Gabba test
India marched on crutches as the grueling Down Under tour drew to its home stretch. But a group of unannounced players ended Australia’s legendary stranglehold on Gabba Fortress with arguably one of the biggest test wins in cricket history. The victory in Brisbane also helped India secure back-to-back wins over Australia in their own backyard.
8. Sunil Chhetri’s record
Indian captain Sunil Chhetri will be remembered as one of the most prolific goalscorers in international football. He is already second in the list of active scorers with Lionel Messi, and only behind Cristiano Ronaldo. And in 2021, Sunil Chhetri (80) also surpassed PelÃ©’s legendary international goal record (77).
9. Chennai Super Kings wins the IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings produced a vintage performance to win the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. Often mocked as “daddy’s army” for their lineup of “old” players, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have shown that experience matters even in an ever-changing format that demands power play in its form. the most true. The victory also helped CSK move closer to the Mumbai Indians’ record of five IPL wins.
10. Mithali Raj Feat
Often hailed as the mainstay of Indian women’s cricket, Mithali Raj is still going strong at 39 years old. And in 2021, she became the top female cricketer of all formats, overtaking former England captain Charlotte Edwards (10,273). Mithali Raj achieved the feat in the third England vs India ODI match on July 3rd. It will start the new year with 10,454 international races.