Sports Achievements: India's Performance in Recent International Events

Editorials News | May-23-2024

Sports Achievements: India's Performance in Recent International Events

India has been one of the countries for which sports have remained dear, and it has made a good impact at national and international levels in many sports. Indian athletes also have remained a force to reckon with in the global arena, and the current year has also witnessed the talent, endeavor, and fighting spirit of Indian athletes. Whether it is the game of cricket, hockey, badminton, athletics, or any other field, the performance of Indian teams has been extraordinary in the latest international games and tournaments.

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There is no doubt that cricket is the most persuasive sport across the length and breadth of India, and the pedigree of the national sides is exceptional. The Indian men’s cricket team, mainly spearheaded by Virat Kohli and the newly appointed also Rohit Sharma, is probably one of the strongest and most successful cricket teams in the current century across all formats. Test Cricket was another busy year for the team as they maintained their ICC rankings, winning hard fought series against solid sides such as Australia and England. The side also had a great showing in the limited-over format, and some remarkable cricketing talents could be seen.

One-day internationals (ODIs) and T20 Internationals, especially given their very recent high-profile achievements. Specifically, the trophy achievement of the Asia Cup 2023 and India's performance in the T20 ICC World Cup also showed its stability and ability to compete internationally.

The women’s cricket team has not been left behind either, performing exceptionally well and making headlines. In the wake of this event and the team being led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur, the team has moved to the next level. The 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup finalists also proved it by showing their potential on the ground, and for the first time in India, women's cricket started getting the attention they deserved.

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If once field hockey was considered the pride of India due to its success in this game, it has again emerged. The men’s team, under the leadership of Manpreet Singh, got a bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was the first medal won by the Indian men’s hockey team in forty-one years. This was distributed across the entire country to symbolize a record that would go into the history books of Indian hockey.

The other splendid performance was the women’s hockey team, who played under the captaincy of the talented Rani Rampal. They were so close to a medal but a fourth-place finish was the best the team has ever achieved in a tournament, and they received praises and ovations.

Building to the pinnacle

Over the years, players of Indian origin have been delivering excellent performances in international tournaments. PV Sindhu, an epitome of sports in Indian households, was relentless in her performances throughout the Olympic event and secured a bronze medal in Tokyo 2020 just after her silver medal in Rio 2016. Some of the BWF tournaments she has won include the World Badminton Championships in 2006 and the Beijing Olympics in 2008 making her one of the leading stars in the world of badminton.

Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen have also come to the fray and have contributed greatly as they have attained considerable accomplishments in the global events. These revelations have given Indian elevated status in the world of Badminton sport and set the tone for young aspiring talents.

Breaking New Ground

Athletics is an area that Indians have recently started making records, an area which was earlier a comparatively weak link with the country. Swimming, badminton and shooting among others was a milestone especially Neeraj Chopra who clinched a gold medal for javelin at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Besides making the historic achievement of winning the first Olympic gold in athletics for India, his victory also sparked what could be the start of a bright future for the country in track and field events.

Other athletes like Avinash Sable in the steeplechase and Annu Rani in javelin have also built good potential and promise, made new national records, and performed very well in international competitions. These successes are plausible evidence of a favorable prognosis for India’s sports, particularly athletics.

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Wrestling and boxing are among the most potent sports disciplines in Indian sports and have always presented brilliant performances in the Olympics and other international tournaments. In the current Olympics, Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal in wrestling. At the same time, Lovlina Borgohain also bagged a bronze in the boxing department, further strengthening the traditional Indian envoy in these fields. The wrestling team has been excellent, especially Vinesh Phogat, the wrestler Bajrang Punia, and Ravi Kumar Dahiya.

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Some games, such as shooting and archery, weight lifting, etc, have also noted Indian athletes into the limelight. With World Cups and World Championships being conducted, youngsters like the sharpshooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker and the archers Deepika Kumari have proved in grand style that they can shoot their opponents right.

Another is Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who clinched silver in the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. This achievement is also indicative of a promising India in the Weightlifting arena.

In conclusion, Having recently witnessed the standards of the game displayed by the Indian sports people in various International competitions, it is only apt to say that the preparatory work that went into making these gaming talents was immense, sincere, and competency-driven. Today, from conventional areas such as a crucible of cricket and hockey to new growing focal areas such as athletics and weightlifting, Indian sportspersons have not let the nation down. They not only motivate countless numbers of youngsters across the country to practice sports but at the same time help towards constructing a more vital and much more diverse sporting sector in India. The government of India, along with the private sector, is also putting more effort into developing the sports infrastructure and sports talent of the country. Hence, one can look forward to a brighter future for Indian sports in International sporting events.

By : Parth Yadav
Anand School of Excellence

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