Indian sports has for some decades now been synonymous with cricket. It is only in the past couple of years that the situation is changing for the better. In 2016, despite our less than shining display at the Rio Olympics, we did fare well at the World sports arena. (Read: Top moments in Indian Sports 2016). 2017 has been a decent year for athletes in the country too. There has been a significant improvement in several sports performances and media has also started covering sports news other than cricket. Here is a list of remarkable achievements fin Indian Sports 2017:
2017 Hockey Asia Cup – Men and Women
India won the tournament with flying colours in Bangladesh last October, defeating Malaysia in the finals. India is the third time winner of this tournament and this win ensured their inclusion in the Hockey World Cup 2018. Harmanpreet Singh became the top scorer, along with Faizal Saari, scoring 7 magnificent goals. Now we are eagerly waiting for them to perform well in the World Cup 2018, to be hosted in India.
Indian women also emerged champions at the Women’s Hockey Asia cup, much to the delight of the nation, and secured their position in World cup 2018. The tournament was held in Japan and this is a second-time win for the girls in this tournament. They beat China in the finals in a breathtaking penalty shootout and secured their win.
2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup
Well, cricket still holds a prime spot in the world of Indian sports. So, when the girls’ team had a stunning run at the World cup last year, the country watched with bated breath. The women marched to the finals of the Women’s cricket world cup. Although women’s cricket was not given much importance even in the recent past, this success has changed the scenario quite a bit. There was primetime attention on the matches and serious followers of the game got engaged. Women’s cricket experienced a TRP like never before. Although India’s performance in the finals could have been better, that did not stop us from praising our women and appreciating their efforts. This was truly a proud moment for India a male-dominated sport like cricket.
2017 ICC Champions Trophy
Indian men did well in the ICC Champions Trophy but faced a shameful defeat in the finals against Pakistan. Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run-scorer of the tournament and was included in the Team of the Tournament along with Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Indian men also did well in Sri Lanka and West Indies cricket series, whitewashing the host nation in all the matches in both the cases.
Asian Boxing Championship
The boys got four medals in Tashkent, Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan clinching the Silver, while Amit Panghal and Vikas Krishan claimed bronze medals. Of course, it was left to five times champion, the nation’s sweetheart, Mary Kom, to clinch the Gold at the Women’s meet.
IBSF World Snooker and Billiards Championship
Proudly for us, Pankaj Advani won his 17th and 18th titles respectively last year by winning both the Snooker and the Billiards championships.
India continued to have a good track record in various other sports throughout 2017. Of course, Virat Kohli had kind of a dazzling year, both on and off the field. But beyond, be it in outdoor archery (Compound Team winners:India and South Korea), or 2017 ISSF World Cup (Men’s 50 m Pistol winner: Jitu Rai, Men’s Double Trap winner: Ankur Mittal, Mixed 10 m Air Pistol winners: Heena Sidhu & Jitu Rai) or 2017 Commonwealth and Oceania Weightlifting Championships, Indian sportspeople continued to outperform their rivals. Here’s wishing that India will continue its victory lap in 2018 too!
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