11 Sportspersons Who Made 2015 A Memorable Year For India

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5:55 pm 1 Jan, 2016

The year 2015 has been an exceptionally good year for India when it comes to the field of sports. Like every year, 2015 too saw many ups and down, but the highlight was an exceptionally good year for many Indian sporting greats and the progress in almost all sporting events that India took part in.

Here is a look at 11 of those sporting highlights that happened in 2015:

1. Sania Mirza – Tennis – World No. 1 WTA Doubles Ranking

  • Won ten doubles titles that includes two Grand Slam titles – Wimbledon and US Open, and WTA Finals
  • Named along with doubles partner Martina Hingis as the ITF World Champion
  • Achieved career best World Number 1 ranking in doubles – first and only Indian women to do so
  •  Ended the year 2015 with a 22 match winning streak with partner Martina Hingis
  • Shares a overwhelming 55-7 win-loss ratio with partner Martina Hingis


WTA The moment Sania Mirza reached WTA Rank 1 in Doubles Tennis 

2. Saina Nehwal – Badminton – Women’s World No. 1 Ranking

  • Won two titles – Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold and Indian Open Super Series title
  • Became the first Indian woman to reach the finals of All England Open Badminton Championships
  • Became the first Indian women’s player to be World No.1 in badminton
  • Reached World Championships, All England Open and China Open finals


PTI Saina with her maiden Indian Open Super Series Gold

3. Ravichandran Ashwin – Cricket – ICC World No. 1 Test Bowler

  • Became ICC’s No. 1 Test bowler
  • First Indian bowler since Bishen Bedi in 1973 to achieve the milestone of finishing the year on top
  • Became world’s leading wicket-taker in Tests (as of date)
  • In 9 test matches, he picked up 62 wickets including 7 five-wicket hauls and 2 ten-wicket hauls
  • Became the fastest Indian ever to take 150 test wickets

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Zee News  Ashwin after taking fastest 150 test wickets 

4. Pankaj Advani – Cue Sports – 15th World Snooker Championship

  • Won both Billiards and Snooker title in National Billiards and Snooker Championships
  • Successfully defended his World 6-Red Snooker Championship crown
  • Won IBSF World Snooker Championship 2015 for the 15th time
  • Won IBSF World Billiards Championship 2015

5. Anirban Lahiri – Golf – First Indian in the Presidents Cup squad

  • Won two European titles – Indian Open and Maybank Malaysian Open
  • Became 3rd Indian ever to qualify for the US Masters
  • Finished 5th at PGA Championship – the best ever by an Indian at a major
  • First Indian to be named in the Presidents Cup squad
  • Broke top-50 of world golf rankings, to reach career high of 34



AP    Lahiri with his Malaysia Maybank Open trophy

6. Vijender Singh – Boxing – First Indian To Go Pro

  • Left behind an illustrious amateur boxing career and turned to professional boxing
  • Made his pro debut historic by knocking out Britain’s Sonny Whiting at the Manchester Arena
  • In his second pro match knocked out Dean Gillin in the first round itself
  • Finished his debut year in professional boxing with a career record 3-0


NDTV    Vijender in action against Samet Hyuseinov

7. Dipa Karmakar – Gymnastics – First Indian To Reach World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

  • Won bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
  • Won 5 gold medals in National Games 2015- individual all-round, table vault, balancing beam, uneven parallel bars and floor exercises.
  • Became first Indian to qualify for the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
  • Finished 5th at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships


PTI       Dipa poses with her 5 National Games-2015 Gold Medals 

8. Rajat Chauhan – Archery – 1st Indian individual to a win medal at Archery World Championships

  • Created history by winning silver in the World Archery Championships
  • First Indian Compound archer to reach World Archery Championships Finals in individual event
  • First Indian every to reach the finals of Archery World Championships

9. Shubham Jaglan – Golf – First Indian to win Junior World Golf Championships and IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf Title

  • Won the Junior World Golf Championships
  • Won the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf title
  • First Indian ever to win both the above titles in the same year
  • First Indian to defend his IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf title

10. Satnam Singh Bhamara – Basketball – First Indian to be picked for NBA draft

  • Created history when he was drafted by Dallas Mavericks in 2015.
  • First Indian to be drafted for National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • First basketball player in decade to be picked for draft despite having no college or professional experience.

11. Aditi Chauhan – Football – First Indian to play in the EPL

  • First Indian ever to play in the English Premier League (EPL) after signing for West Ham United
  • First Indian woman in the history to receive the Woman In Football Award at the Asian Football Awards
  • First Indian in history to play in the EPL as a goalkeeper
  • First Indian in history to play an EPL team

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