Category: Indian Sports History

Happy Birthday “The Wall”

On 11 January 1973 – Former India captain Rahul Dravid was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. In 164 Tests, he scored 13,288 runs @ 52.31 and in 344 ODIs he scored 10,889 runs @ 39.16.

He led India to 8 wins in 25 Tests, while India won 42 out of the 79 ODIs that he captained.

He was involved in a 375 run partnership with VVS Laxman (281), while Dravid scored 180 to lead India to a historic win against World Champions Australia at Eden Gardens.

Happy Birthday – Kapil Dev

On January 6, 1959 – Former India captain Kapil Dev was born in Chandigarh. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

In 131 Tests, he scored 5248 runs and scalped 434 wickets. In 225 ODIs, he scored 3783 runs and took 253 wickets.

He was named as the Indian Cricketer of the Century by Wisden in 2002, Kapil Dev is considered as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He is the only cricketer to have scored over 5,000 runs and taken more than 400 wickets in Test cricket.

He was also India’s national cricket coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000.

Happy Birthday – V. Diju

On 04th January 1981 – One of India’s best doubles player Valiyaveetil Diju (popularly known as “V. Diju” was born at Ramanattukara, in the Calicut district.

In December 2009, Diju and his mixed doubles partner Jwala Gutta reached the World Super Series Masters final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

With his mixed doubles partner Jwala Gutta, he reached a career high ranking of no. 6 in 2010 becoming the first doubles partnership from the country to be ranked amongst the top-10.

He represented India at the 2012 London Olympics in mixed doubles.

Happy Birthday – Mithali Raj

On 3rd December 1982: Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

She is the first female batter to score 6,000 runs in ODIs. She achieved this feat during her knock of 69 runs in a league match of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup against Australia.

Playing her 164th innings in her 183rd match, Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj became the highest run-scorer in ODI cricket. The earlier record of 5,992 runs was in the name of England’s Charlotte Edwards.

She also holds record for most number of 50+ scores (seven) in women’s cricket. She also hold the record for maximum number half centuries in ODIs in women’s cricket.

She scored an unbeaten 114 against Ireland on her debut at Milton Keynes in 1999.

Matches Innings Runs Highest Score Average 100s 50s
184 165 6137 52.00 114 Not Out 6 49

India becomes first country to complete Asian Hockey Grand Slam

On 22 October 2017 – India beat Malaysia 2-1 in the final at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka to win the 2017 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup.

With this win India became the first team to hold all three titles i.e. Asian Games, Asia Cup and Asian Champions Trophy at the same time.

India had earlier won the 2014 Asian Games held in Incheon and Asian Champions Trophy 2016 in Kuantan.

(Special thanks to Shri B.G. Joshi and Shri Bharat Malik)

Happy Birthday – Neville D’Souza

On 3rd August, 1932 – Renowned Indian footballer Neville Stephen J. D’Souza was born in Maharashtra.

He was part of the Indian team that finished fourth at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

On 1st December against hosts Australia, he became the first Asian player to score a hat-trick in an Olympic Games.

He finished the tournament as joint top-scorer, with 4 goals in 3 matches. D’Souza played club football for Bombay.

He died of a brain haemorrhage on 16 March 1980.

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East Bengal FC won the 2003 ASEAN Club Championship

On 26 July 2003 – Kingfisher East Bengal FC won the 2003 ASEAN Club Championship (LG Cup). The championship was held in Indonesia.

The final match of the championship was played at the Gelora Bung Karno International Main Stadium, Jakarta.

In the finals, East Bengal Club defeated Thai club BEC Tero Sasana FC of 3-1.

Baichung Bhutia of East Bengal was the top goal scorer of the Championship with eight goals.

Independent India won its 1st individual Olympic medal

On 24 July 1952: Wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav won Independent India’s first individual Olympic medal. At the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, he won bagged Bronze medal in Bantamweight (57 kg) in Freestyle category.

He was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2001 (posthumously). The Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, a wrestling venue at for the 2010 Commonwealth Games has been was named after KD Jadhav. He was born on 15 January 1926 in Goleshwar village (Satara district) in Maharashtra.

Happy Birthday – Smiriti Mandhana

On 18 July 1996 – Indian women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana was born.

She scored 22 and 51 on her Test debut against England at Wormsley Park in a winning cause.

Mandhana was the only Indian in the 2016 ICC Women’s Team of the Year.

She along with Harmanpreet Kaur, became one of the first two Indians to be signed up for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), when Brisbane Heat signed her for a one-year deal.

She won back to back Player of the Match award against England and West Indies in the 2017 ICC Womens World Cup.

In October 2013 when she became the first Indian woman to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day game. Playing for Maharashtra against Gujarat, she scored an unbeaten 224 off 150 balls in the West Zone Under-19 Tournament, at the Alambic Cricket Ground in Vadodara.