Top Most Sports stars From India In The Year 2016
By MEHER ONISA : 31-Dec-2016
India has been celebrating bench marking victory althrough this year.The iconic Indian sports figures had been regestering their triumph along witrh the trophies they had been awarded all this year.
Take the glimpses of the sports star and their sprits of sportsmanship below:
VIRAT KOHLI THE STALWART BATSMAN AT THE HELM LINE:
Kohli had cheered the numero uno position in Test cricket with 3 series win and hit an 18-match unbeaten record. He is the first Indian captain to score 3 double-centuries in Tests. The Forbes rank 3 cricketing celeb had made 1215 runs in Tests, 739 in ODIs, and 641 in his T20Is.
BOXER VIJENDER SINGH SCALED TO THE SKIES:
With an ascending career graph Singh had clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title. The former Olympic bronze medallist remained undefeated in 8 bouts claiming two KOs, 5 TKOs and one with a decision that trekked him to the title.
VARUN SINGH BHATIA BOOKED THE BRONZE:
Bhati had brought a home a bronze laurel in the T-42 high jump in Rio. He propelled like a rocket with his acknowledged jump of 1.86 metres to finish third. He won yet another laurel, in the form of a glorious gold at 2016 IPC Athletics Asia Oceania Championship scaling a full jump of 1.82 metres.
THANGAVELU MARIAPPAN HIGH JUMPED FOR THE GOLD:
The mighty Mariyappan became the country’s first gold medallist in the T-42 high jump quantifying to 1.89 metres at the Rio Paralympics. For his registered achievement, Mariyappan was rewarded a sum of Rs. 2 crore by late Jayalalithaa.
HOCKEY TEAM HATCHED SHINING SILVER AT CHAMPIONS TROPHY:
With team’s captaincy under his the belt, PR Sreejesh lead his hockey team towards prosperity all through the year. It had clinched its first ever silver at the Men's Asian Champions Trophy beating Pakistan in the final. Sreejesh was nominated as the Goalkeeper of the Year Award for his performance.
SMRITI MANDHANA THE RUN MANUFACTURER OF ICC WOMEN’S TEAM:
Smriti is the first Indian woman cricketing ace to be named in the ICC Women' Team of the Year. With 320 runs in 8 ODIs, she became India’s second highest run getter in the format and third highest in T20Is with 286 runs. She sizzled as the second Indian woman cricketer to sign for Australian Big Bash League.
SANIA MIRZA THE QUEEN OF THE TENNIS COURT:
Tennis starlet, Sania emerged as the first Indian woman to hold the No.1 ranking after winning the Volvo Car Open. In joint partnership with Martina Hingis, Sania scooped her 6th Grand Slam title winning the doubles title at the Australian Open in January. At Rio, she jelled with Rohan Bopanna in mixed doubles. The Hyderabadi diva was graced with the Padma Bhushan (India's third highest civilian award) for her cutting edge competency.
SAKSHI SURPRISED BY WINNING A MEDAL IN THE OLYMPICS:
The 23-year-old wrestling contingent from Haryana had scripted a history after becoming the first woman wrestler from India to bank upon the bronze after tossing down Kyrgysztan's Aisuluu Tynybekova in the Olympics.
RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN, TREATED AS THE HIGHEST WICKET TAKER:
Ravichandran, 30, became the fastest Indian to make 200 Test wickets in the format. The hyperactive athlete won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy awarded by the ICC Cricketer of the Year.
PV SINDHU SNOWED SILVERS AND BRONZE:
The World number 10 and the two-time World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu faced sharp challenge from Canadian Michelle Li. The world number 20 won the first game 21-19 but she showed tremendous fighting spirit to take the game to the next level.
In her first Olympics, Sindhu smashed her top opponent Yihan Wang of China, the already Olympics silver medallist and created history by becoming the first women Indian athlete to pick silver.
Sindhu won her first China Open Super Series and finished at the second position at the Hong Kong Super Series.
BILLIARDS CHAMP PANKAJ ADWANI BREWED A BRASSY BRONZE:
Pankaj became the world billiards champion (150-up) for the 11th time in his career sprint. He had knocked Peter Gilchrist in the final. At the IBSF World Snooker Championship, Pankaj had faced a sad defeat in his semi-finals but settled with the bronze. He sneaked the national title in 6-red Snooker.
NEERAJ CHOPRA THE JAZZY AND THE JUVENILE JAVELIN THROWER:
The 18-year-old javelin thrower registered a history after becoming the first Indian world champ in athletics with national record throw of 86.48m at U-20 Worlds. He is also sustaining with a fresh record at the U-20 level.
KARUN NIAR MADE A BENCHMARKING TRIPLE CENTURY:
Karun Nair, 25, became the second ever Indian batsman to hit triple-century in Tests. The youngest Indian’s marathon effort had lead India to the highest ever total of 759/7 in Test history.
DIPA THE GUSTY GYMNAST WON THE HEARTS:
The dexterous and the dynamic Dipa became India’s first gymnast to have represented the country at the Summer Games in 52 years while finishing a historic fourth in the vault. She had missed the medal but won thousands of hearts with a scratching score of 15.006, finishing 0.15 points.
DEVENDRA JHAJHARIA THE SELF RECORD BREAKER:
Devendra won a gold medal in men's F-46 Javelin throw at the Rio Paralympics after breaking his own record with a throw of 63.7m. He had improved his past record of 62.15m at the Athens Paralympics to win his second glittering gold.
DEEPA MALIK SAVED SPARKLING SILVER:
Deepa, the senior sports star in her women's shotput F53 event at Rio Paralympics had made to a scintillating silver medal. The middle aged athlete became the first Indian women athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics.
DEBORAH HEROLD THE INDIAN CYCLIST PEDDLED FOR TWINKLING GOLDS:
Deborah scripted history after becoming the first Indian cyclist to be qualified in the 2016 Union Cycliste Internationale-Track Cycling World Championships in January. The Tsunami survivor had won 2 gold medals at the Track Asia Cup.
ADITI ASHOK MADE AN OLYMPIC DEBUT:
The 18 years old Aditi became the first Indian woman to win a title in the Ladies European Tour after lifting the Hero Women's Indian Open followed by winning Qatar Ladies Open in Doha. With a tussling finish in the Dubai Ladies Masters event, she had evidenced her success by getting the LET Rookie Award of the Year.