On 28 June 1995 – Paralympic high jumper, Mariyappan Thangavelu was born in Salem district. He represented India in the 2016 Summer Paralympic games held in Rio de Janeiro in the men’s high jump T-42 category.
In March 2016, Mariyappan cleared a distance of 1.78 m in the men’s high jump T–42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia, qualifying him for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. At the Rio Paralympics, he won the gold medal in the men’s high jump T–42 event, with a leap of 1.89 m.
With, this performance he became India’s first Paralympian gold medallist since 2004. On 25 January 2017, Government of India announced “Padma Shri” award for his contribution towards sports.
|T – 42 High Jump||Mariyappan Thangavelu (IND)||Sam Grewe (USA)||Varun Bhati (IND)|
On 26 May 1928 – Indian Hockey Team won its 1st ever Gold medal in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. A streak that continued through the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Jaipal Singh Munda was the captain of the team. In the final, Dhyan Chand scored a hat-trick as India beat hosts Holland 3-0.
In the entire tournament, India didn’t conceded a single goal while scoring 29 goals in all. Out of which, Dhyan Chand scored the highest number of goals (14) for India.
Squad:- Jaipal Singh Munda (C), Richard Allen, Rex Norris, Dhyan Chand, Broome Pinniger, Michael Gateley, Michael Rocque, William Goodsir-Cullen, Frederic Seaman, Leslie Hammond, Ali Shaukat , Feroze Khan, Santosh Manglani, Kher Singh Gill, George Marthins
On 15 March 1975 – India scored a historic 2-1 win over arch rivals Pakistan to win their maiden Hockey World Cup. The tournament was held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Lumpur, Malaysia. Players like Ajit Pal, who was the captain of the team, and Aslam Sher Khan played a crucial role in this victory.
On 17th January 2008 – Anil Kumble dismissed Andrew Symonds in the 3rd Test at the WACA, Perth to scalp his 600th Test wicket. He became the third bowler to achieve this feat behind Muttiah Murlitharan (Sri Lanka) and Shane Warne (Australia).
Anil Kumble is till date India’s leading wicket taker in Tests as well as in ODIs with 619 (in 132 Tests) and 337 (in 271 ODIs) wickets respectively.
In February 2015, he became the fourth Indian cricketer to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame. He was born in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 17 October 1970.
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.
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.
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.