India celebrates its 72nd independence today. In the past 10 decades, there has been some great Indian sports achievement that will remain immortal forever. Let’s have a look at some of the Indian achievement that made India proud post independence.
Indian sports achievement post independence
1983 Cricket World cup
Kapil Dev-led Indian cricket team won its first ever world cup in the 1983 edition of cricket world cup. India defeated mighty West Indies in the final at Lords. Batting first, India posted 183 on the board. The two times World champions needed just 3 runs an over to chase the target. But Indian bowlers bowled out of their skin to defend the target. India dismissed West Indies and won the final by 43 runs to taste first ever world cup success.
2007 Cricket World cup
This was the first edition of T20 World cup. Going into the World cup, India had an experience of playing only a solitary T20I match. But India showed their class and power hitting skills to lift the inaugural T20 World cup in South Africa. In the final, India defeated Pakistan by 6 runs. During the tournament, playing against England, Yuvraj Singh set a record of smashing six sixes in an over off the bowling of Chris Broad.
2011 Cricket World cup
This edition of the cricket world cup was jointly hosted by India, Srilanka, and Bangladesh. In the semifinal, India defeated Pakistan to progress to the finals where they met another Asian giant Srilanka. In the final at the packed Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, India chased down 274 runs to lift their 3rd cricket World cup trophy. Skipper MS Dhoni played a Man of the match inning of 91 Not Out runs. This was Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s last World cup in his career which he finished on a winning note. Additionally, he also scored the second most runs in the 2011 world cup with 482 runs.
India won a Gold medal in the 1948 games in Hockey. It was a great achievement for India as, within a year post independence, the Indian Hockey team achieved this glorious feat and made independent India a proud nation.
Today in 1948 @ the Wembley Stadium, London, the Indian Hockey team ?? won its first ever #GOLD at the #Olympics as an independent nation. Had won GOLD in 1928, 1932, 1936 as British India.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 12, 2018
Netherlands 2-1 (SF)
Great Britain 4-0 (Final) pic.twitter.com/F1maZUHt9O
1962 Asian games
Indian football team won a Gold in the 1962 Asian games. In the final, India defeated Korea 2-1. It was a great Indian sports achievement.
1975 Hockey World cup
India won its first ever hockey world cup in the 1975 edition of hockey world cup in Malaysia. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the final of the tournament.
Leander Paes won a Bronze medal in Tennis men’s singles category at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. This was the first instance that India won a medal in Tennis in the history of Olympics.
Today 45 yrs ago: One of India's greatest tennis player Leander Paes was born.— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 17, 2018
Has won 8 doubles & 10 mixed doubles GS titles.
Won bronze medal in singles in 1996 Atlanta #Olympics.
Only tennis player to compete at 7 #Olympics (1992-2016).
Has most #DavisCup doubles wins (43). pic.twitter.com/GZZXeTQYjY
Malleswari made India proud by winning a Bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney games. She claimed the Bronze medal in the 69 kg category of weight-lifting.
India's first ever female Olympic medalist Karnam Malleswari.. Weightlifting (-69kg) Sydney 2000 pic.twitter.com/lDG5lVixPa— Vishank Razdan (@VishankRazdan) June 23, 2016
2000 World Chess Championship
Vishwanathan Anand became the first Indian to win a World chess championship. He repeated the feat in 2007. Overall, Anand has 5 Wolrd championship titles under his belt.
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Abhinav Bindra won gold in the men’s 10m air rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Thus he became the first Indian to win an individual Gold medal in the history of Olympics. It was a big Indian sports achievement.
It's no small feat to represent your country on a global level, and to win the first individual gold in any category! @Abhinav_Bindra set the tone for Indian sportsmanship in the 2008 Olympics, and the nation owes him a great debt!#TheGoldTurns10#BindraTheFilm pic.twitter.com/YwkU4DJE9d— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) August 11, 2018
2002 and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
India and Srilanka shared the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 after the final being washed out due to rain. India won its 2nd ICC Champions Trophy (also known as Mini World cup) in 2013 defeating England in England.
On this day in 2013, India won ICC Champions Trophy against England, and MS DHONI became the first captain to have won all three ICC Trophies that are ICC World Cup, World T20 and the Champions Trophy. ??— Ananya? (@Ananyaa_7) June 23, 2018
This man is born to lift the trophies up! ??@msdhoni pic.twitter.com/4omEfGVyll
2008 and 2012 Olympics
In the wrestling category, Sushil Kumar won a bronze and silver in 2008 and 2012 Olympic games respectively. In doing so, he became the first Indian individual to win two medals in the history of Olympics. It was one of the biggest Indian sports achievement.