2015 can be considered to be the breakthrough year for the Indian sports; here are the reasons and some of the highlights of the achievements and glories brought to the country.
#India’s first test series victory on Sri Lanka:
On 1st September, 2015, India had clinched the first Test series victory over Sri Lanka in their soil after 22 years having secured the emphatic 117-run win. It was the first series win for Virat Kohli as captain when he took the responsibility of leading the team from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
#Saina Nehwal becomes no.1 in badminton:
Indian badminton has achieved a new height when India’s badminton player, Saina Nehwal has achieved the number one rank released by Badminton World Federation (BWF) on 29th March, 2015. The badminton star having joined compatriot Kidambi Srikanth has cleanly swept the singles title of the China Open Super Series Premier that turned out to be the successful badminton year.
#Indian women’s hockey team qualifies for Olympics after 35 years:
Indian women’s hockey team has first time ever qualified for the Olympics which took almost 35 years. It was on 29th August when the team achieved right after when Spain got defeated at the hands of England in the semi-finals of EuroHockey Championships in London. It was the second time since 1980 when the team got qualified for Olympics. It all came right on the day when the country was celebrating hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand’s birthday as the country’s national sports day.
#Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis win the second successive women’s doubles Grand Slam:
The Indian ace Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis of Switzerland have won the successive second times the Women’s doubles Grand Slam on Sunday when they defeated the Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua while playing the US Open final in the New York.
#Sania Mirza presented Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna:
The tennis ace Sania Mirza was awarded the prestigious award of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by the President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of the National Sports Day at the Rastrapati Bhavan. She has been the second recipient of the award after legendary Leander Paes. It was the sports ministry which constituted of Justice VK Bali the retired Chief Justice of High court of the state Kerala who had recommended the award. She has been considered to be the finest women’s tennis player so far the country has ever produced and it was also her first time to win the women’s doubles Grand Slam title along with the Swiss legend Martina Hingis on the month of June. She has dedicated the award to her family and friends and the award carries a prize money of Rs. 7.5 lakh.