2015 review: The highs and lows in Indian sports

2015 review: The highs and lows in Indian sports

By: || Updated: 28 Dec 2015 03:47 AM
January

Highs

8: Virat Kohli becomes the first batsman to score centuries in each of his first three innings as a Test captain.
16: Sania Mirza clinches her first title of the season in the form of Apia International in Sydney, partnering Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
25: Saina Nehwal retains the women’s singles title in Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton meet, beating Carolina Marin of Spain 19-21, 25-23, 21-16. Parupalli Kashyap wins the men’s title, beating K. Srikanth.
Lows

1: Temporary truce between Indian Olympic Association and sports ministry breaks down with the former once again threatening to move court over the ‘age and tenure clause’ in the national sports code.
6: Somdev Dev Varman crashes out in first round of Chennai Open, losing 3-6, 4-6 to Chinese Taipei’s Yen Hsun Lu
17: Paddlers Sutirtha Mukherjee, Oishwarya Deb and Priyadarshini Das are banned for two seasons for allegedly fudging their age records.

February 

Highs

1: Leander Paes and Martina Hingis win the Australian Open mixed doubles, beating Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-3.
16: Yuvraj Singh tops the IPL auction table for the second time in succession, going for Rs 16 crore to DareDevils.
22: Anirban Lahiri wins Hero Indian Open golf.
23: Lahiri moves up to 34 in the official world golf rankings.

Lows

2: Twenty-one year old Maharashtra netball player, Mayuresh Pawar, dies during the National Games in Thiruvananthapuram. He drowned while trying to take photos at the Shamkumugham beach.
7: Pacer Ishant Sharma is ruled out of India’s World Cup squad, owing to a knee injury.
21: Thirty-year-old footballer Chandrasish De, captain of Aryan, dies in a road accident.

March 

High 

1: Jagmohan Dalmiya is elected unopposed as BCCI president.
7: Saina becomes the first Indian woman to reach the final of the All-England Badminton Championships.
24: GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly emerges champion of the International Grandmasters Chess tournament.
28: Saina becomes the World No.1 as per the BWF points system.

Lows

26: India bow out of the World Cup, losing by 95 runs in the semi-finals to Australia.
29: (The then) ICC chairman, Narayanswami Srinivasan, suffers the embarrassment of being booed by a section of the record-shattering 93,013 turnout at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the World Cup final.
30: No Indian cricketer finds a place in Team of the World Cup 2015 announced by ICC.

April 

Highs

10: Lahiri becomes the second golfer after Jeev Milkha Singh to make the cut at the Augusta Masters.
12: Sania becomes the first Indian woman tennis player to achieve the world No.1 ranking in doubles, following her title win at the WTA Family Circle Cup, with Hingis.
25: Viswanathan Anand finds his way back to the 2800-rating club and jumps to second spot in world rankings.

Lows

20: Ankit Keshri, a former captain of the Bengal Under-19 team, dies three days after a freakish accident on the field during a CAB senior division knockout match.
26: Swimmer Masadur Rahman, who crossed the English Channel as a double amputee in 1997, dies following multiple organ failure. He was 46.
28: East Bengal bow out of the AFC Cup after losing 0-1 to Johor Darul Ta’zim, at the Salt Lake Stadium.

May 

Highs

24: Mumbai Indians win their second IPL title, beating CSK by 41 runs in the final at Eden Gardens.
28: Abhinav Bindra becomes the fourth Indian shooter to win a quota place for the Rio Olympics after he finished sixth in men’s 10m air rifle final at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich.
31: Mohun Bagan emerges I-League champions, holding Bengaluru FC 1-1 in the decider, in Bangalore. This was Bagan’s first national football title in 13 years.

Lows

7: Aparna Ramabhadran, a 17-year-old athelete, dies after a mass suicide attempt at the SAI hostel at Punnamada in Kerala’s Alappuzha district.
8: Sania and Hingis  surrender the No. 1 spot to Bethanie Mattek- Sands and Lucie Safarova.
16: Thirteen wrestlers are suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India ( WFI) for regularly skipping training sessions meant for the 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers. Three coaches are also sacked.

June 

Highs 

5: Parupalli Kashyap shocks world No. 1 Chen Long 14- 21, 21- 17, 21- 14 to enter the men’s singles semi-finals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament.
14: Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea win their second title of the season, lifting the Mercedes Cup.
26: Satnam Singh Bhamara becomes the first Indian basketball player to be drafted in NBA as he is  picked up by Dallas Mavericks.

Lows

5: The Archery Association of India  decides to withdraw the Indian team from the World Youth Championship in South Dakota, in protest against the US embassy’s refusal to grant visa to 20 archers.
16: Indian football touches a new low as the national team suffer a humiliating 1- 2 defeat against Guam in a World Cup qualifier. Sunil Chetri, though, scores his 50th international goal in 87 matches.
21: India lose an ODI series to Bangladesh for the first time. Riding left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman’s heroics, Bangladesh take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.

July

Highs

9: Shot putter Inderjeet Singh creates history by becoming first-ever gold medallist from India at World University Games.
12: Sania and Hingis win the doubles title at Wimbledon.
13: Leander bags his 16th Grand Slam title, by winning the Wimbledon mixed doubles final with Hingis.
28: India women’s recurve team earn Olympic quota for the 2016 Rio Games.

Lows

4: A three-member committee, led by ex-Chief Justice of India Justice RM Lodha, bans both CSK and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the Indian Premier League for 2 years. In addition, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra are also banned for life by the committee.
24: Paul van Ass is officially sacked as the Indian national hockey coach after days of turmoil and controversy.

August 

Highs

2: Rajat Chauhan wins silver at the World Archery Championships to become the first Indian archer to win a silver medal in compound individual event.
17: Lahiri notches up India’s best- ever result at a Major, by finishing tied fifth at the PGA Championship.
23: Aditi Ashok makes history by becoming the first Indian woman golfer to win Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship.

Lows

2: Somdev’s poor singles run continues as he is knocked out of the first round of men’s singles Qualifiers of the ATP Citi Open. Somdev lost to Darian King.
26: Somdev and Saketh Myneni fail to cross the first hurdle at the US Open qualifiers as both the Indians lost their openers. Somdev lost 7-5, 5-7, 1-6 to Nerbert Gombos, while Saketh went down 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 to Jan-Lennard Struff.

September

Highs

1: India clinch their first Test series in Sri Lanka in 22 years. India had lost the opening Test before winning next two.
5: Indian boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) wins silver in the Asian Boxing Championships.
8: Lahiri becomes the first Indian to be named in the International Team for the Presidents Cup.
12: Leander clinches the US Open mixed doubles title with Hingis.

Lows

8: In a huge embarrassment for India, Yogeshwar Dutt is forced to pull out of the Wrestling World Championships, after being found unfit at the eleventh hour, leaving the Wrestling Federation of India red-faced.
20: BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya dies at the age of 75.
22: India’s hopes of getting back to the Davis Cup World Group falls short once again, as they lose to Czech Republic.

October 

Highs 

10: Boxer Vijender Singh makes a smashing professional debut by knocking out Britain’s Sonny Whiting.
25: Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta wins the Hoogeveen International Open Chess Tournament after defeating compatriot Neelotpal Das.
26: Deepika Kumari bags her fourth silver medal in five years at the Archery World Cup final. She lost 2- 6 to reigning world No. 1 Choi Misun of Korea.

Lows

1: India’s Fifa rankings take a further nosedive as they are placed 167 in the list.
5: India lose the T20I series against South Africa.
15: Zaheer Khan announces his retirement from international and first-class cricket.
20: Virender Sehwag announces his retirement from cricket.
25: India lose the ODI series against SA.

November 

Highs

1: Sania and Hingis win the women’s doubles title in the WTA Finals in Singapore.
21: Cueist Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Snooker Championship to take his world title count to 15.
27: India win the Nagpur Test to pocket Test series against South Africa.
29: Two-time champion PV Sindhu completes a hat-trick of women’s singles titles at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold.

Lows

21: Royal Wahingdoh FC pull out from the I- League, citing “lack of roadmap and financial impracticability” in the premier tournament of the country.
24: Kirti Azad fires a salvo at the Delhi and District Cricket Association alleging two of its senior officials were making money through illegal sale of tickets.
28: Indian woman footballer Aditi Chauhan, who plays as a goalkeeper for West Ham United Ladies, faces deportation after she fails to renew her visa.

December 

Highs 

6: MC Mary Kom wins bronze medal at the AIBA’s Olympic Test event in Rio de Janeiro.
6: Hosts India win bronze medal at the Hero Hockey World League  final.
7: India win the Kotla Test to win Test series versus South Africa 3-0.
14: Lahiri wins Asian Tour Order of Merit crown for the year 2015.
19: Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra make a comeback as the national selectors name them in T20 squad for the series in Australia.
20: Chennaiyin FC win the ISL II, overcoming FC Goa 3-2.

Lows

1: ICC rates VCA Stadium pitch in  Nagpur as poor.
2: MAM Ramaswamy, the doyen of Indian racing, passes away after a brief illness. He was 84.
20: In an embarrassing incident for Indian football, Chennaiyin FC’s Brazilian recruit Elano is taken to police station following a complaint.
14: Viswanathan Anand finishes ninth in the London Classic.

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