It’s that time of the year when you look back on how 52 weeks have went by. 2016 was really a great year as far as sports are concerned. Sport doesn’t always go by the script. Sometimes the results make the players euphoric and audiences go bananas, and other times well they leave everyone, teary-eyed and heartbroken! This year turned many sporting events into the best memories and experiences we all enjoyed and applauded for. Here’s looking at the iconic performers of the year in their respected sports who emerged victorious for the country and ensured year round celebrations.
With Virat Kohli at the spotlight, Team India managed to gain the numero uno position in the ICC Test Rankings. Kohli this year was in full flow, like an Indian river in flood. A force of nature that cannot be stopped by anything. He evoked admiration, awe and not a little fear glanced on his face in the toughest times. 2016 was the year that Kohli graduated and learnt how to control aggression. One could begin with Test matches. This has been Kohli’s best year yet. He has scored 1,215 runs at an average of 75.94 in his eighteen innings. A similar trend is seen in one-day internationals where he made 739 runs in his ten outings. Another interesting comparison is his performance in T20 games where he played 13 innings, scoring 641 runs.
PV Sindhu became the first Indian woman to win a Silver medal in the Olympics proving her mettle in the sport. Sindhu is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – the other being Saina Nehwal, currently ranked No.1 in the world. Sindhu brought hopes and joy to a nation that was starving for a medal. She is also the first and the youngest Indian shuttler to reach the finals in Olympics Badminton event. She is just 21 and will be seen next in the upcoming Premier Badminton League starting from 1st January 2017. Later in the year, Sindhu won her first China Open Super Series and then finished second at the Hong Kong Super Series.
Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani won his 11th World Billiards (150-Up format) Championships title by defeating Peter Gilchrist of Singapore in the summit clash in second week of December. Earlier, at the IBSF World Snooker Championship, he had to settle for bronze after losing in the semi-finals but then he ended the year with a bang, pocketing the national title in 6-red Snooker. Advani is already a 16 time World Champ and is still just in his early 30’s. He is continuing to rack up trophies at such speed where he might just end up being the greatest cue sport player of all time. Even though that would be a great feat to achieve, but will we be able to give him the same respect as we give to our star cricketers?
Our very own golden boy Vijender Singh Premier Badminton League reached a new height in his fast-rising professional career when he successfully defended his WBO asia Pacific Super-Middleweight title by defeating the big-mouth Tanzanian boxer Francis Cheka at Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi. Vijender, the 2008 fame Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, is undefeated in eight professional bouts now. This Indian boxing star took less than 10 minutes to successfully defend his title with an emphatic Technical Knockout win over his opponent.
Vijender landed the winning blow in the third round of what was to be a 10-round contest and left the packed Thyagraj Stadium delirious.
Sakshi Malik is a name to reckon in Indian freestyle wrestling now. At the Rio Olympics 2016, she bagged the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. Sakshi's victory brought cheers to the Indian audience who had endured agony for 11 days without a medal in the Olympic games. Her win at the Rio Olympics 2016 was the first medal that was won for the country at the event and she became the fourth female Olympic medalist from the country to achieve the feat.
Written By: Archit Chawla | Post Date: 30 December 2016