2023 has been a landmark yr in Indian sports activities, marked by a unprecedented array of achievements and memorable moments. The nation basked in glory with its record-breaking medal tally on the Asian Video games, showcasing the depth and variety of its sporting expertise. The cricket staff’s outstanding journey to the World Cup last captivated thousands and thousands, epitomising the spirit and fervour that cricket stirs within the nation. Nevertheless, the yr additionally had its share of trials, notably for the wrestling group, which confronted its personal set of challenges. The photographs under provide a snapshot of India’s exhilarating and tumultuous yr in sports activities, encapsulating the triumphs and tribulations which have outlined 2023.
A ton of medals: Neeraj Chopra (high, proper) defended his javelin crown on the Asian Video games. Standing one step under him on the rostrum was the unheralded Kishore Jena (high, left). Parul Chaudhary (proper) established herself as one of many most interesting distance runners in Asia — bagging two medals at Hangzhou — a 3,000- metre steeplechase silver and a 5,000m gold. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (backside, left) and Chirag Shetty (backside, proper) additionally lived as much as their hype by bagging gold within the badminton’s doubles last. India completed with 107 medals, the nation’s best-ever tally on the showpiece sporting occasion. The sports activities ministry confirmed the Khel Ratna honour for Rankireddy and Shetty.
Kishore Jena & Neeraj chopra ( From left to proper) Photograph: PTI
Parul Chaudhary Photograph: PTI
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty ( From left to proper) Photograph: PTI
Hearth and ice: India regarded like a staff possessed, profitable 10 video games of their march to the ICC Males’s World Cup last. Virat Kohli (high) scored 765 runs, a report on the World Cups. He additionally overtook Sachin Tendulkar’s report of 49 ODI centuries on the showpiece occasion. Mohammed Shami (left) picked up 24 wickets from seven video games. He additionally bagged a seven-for within the semifinal towards New Zealand — a primary by an Indian pacer. Their herculean efforts weren’t sufficient as Australia defeated India within the World Cup last. Shami bagged the Arjuna award for his stellar present.
Virat Kohli (Photograph: PTI)
Mohammed Shami (Photograph: PTI)
Glowing in white: The Indian ladies’s cricket staff defeated England underneath seven classes in a Check match. It adopted it up by registering its first-ever win within the conventional format towards Australia. The yr additionally witnessed the primary public sale for the Girls’s Premier League.
Girls’s cricket staff (Photograph: PTI)
R Vaishali with youthful sibling R Praggnanandhaa (Photograph: PTI)
Report participant: Novak Djokovic toppled Rafael Nadal’s report of twenty-two males’s singles Majors at Roland Garros, and gained the twenty fourth Main on the US Open. The yr additionally noticed the Serb change into the primary participant to win at the very least three Majors on three completely different surfaces. It was additionally the eighth time he completed the yr because the No.1 ranked participant.
Novak Djokovic (Photograph: Reuters)
Eighth marvel: Lionel Messi gained a report eighth Ballon d’Or for one of the best participant. The Argentine talisman, who final gained the celebrated award in 2021, had performed a pivotal position in guiding Argentina to its first World Cup title in 36 years in 2022.
Lionel Messi (Photograph: Reuters)
On the mat: Angered and pissed off over the dearth of motion towards BJP MP Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, the previous Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief for his alleged misconduct towards feminine wrestlers, Olympic-winning medallists like Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik (pictured under) and Yogeshwar Dutt protested from Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Later within the yr, Malik introduced her retirement after Sanjay Singh, a detailed aide of the MP, was elected WFI president. The sports activities ministry suspended the newly elected WFI panel and directed the Indian Olympic Affiliation to run the federation’s operations.
Sakshi Malik (Photograph: PTI)
First Printed: Dec 29 2023 | 12:20 AM IST