Yet again I cant stop writing without mentioning the greatest batsmen of modern era – Sachin Tendulkar. He had a dream run this year. He became the first person to hit a double hundred in a one day international match. He went on to score 7 hundreds this year in tests to reach his 50 hundreds in test cricket. The immediate next is 11 centuries away from him. The only prize that has been eluding Sachin for past 20 years is the World cup and I hope and wish that India wins this world cup 2011. The other important cricketing events this year are mentioned here.
Common wealth Games 2010
CWG 2010 held in India has been the most controversial and tainted sports event with respect to the amount of corruption that took place in organizing the event. The only icing on the cake for India is that they have won 101 medals which is the highest for India in the Games history. They elbowed out England to clinch second spot in the overall medals table. With cricket generally dominating Indian sport, CWG has brought lot of talent from other sports into limelight.
16th Asian Games
Immediately after CWG India has shown their best ever performance at the Asian Games held in China. India created history by by winning 64 medals which included 14 gold. The last 2 days were crucial for India as the Indian boxers have fared well to increase the medal count. The star boxer Vijender Singh who disappointed India in CWG won a gold medal here on the penultimate day.
Hockey World Cup
Even though it was a forgettable year for Australia in Cricket, their power packed hockey team won the Hockey world cup after 24 years defeating the defending champions Germany. India being the host nation has put up yet another poor show at the Hockey World Cup that was held in New Delhi. India stood at 8th place. Amidst all the politics in Hockey federation, I hope that Indian Hockey will show some sporting spirit and attitude and quality of a champion in 2011.
FIFA World Cup
The worlds most watched event has been FIFA world cup for years and this year was no different. With the much coverage and predictions of the Octopus, Spain secured the World Cup for the first time with Andres Iniesta scoring the only goal. It was an enthralling and nail biting final against the Netherlands which went on into the extra time. It was a blow for a Dutch side for being defeated for the third time in finals. They were so near yet so far from the dream coming true. The biggies like Italy, France and England crashed out in the early stages of the tournament.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics in seven games in the NBA finals to clinch their 16th NBA title. This was the second straight NBA title for The Lakers. LeBron James, player for the Miami Heat team went on to become the MVP for the season.
2010 has been an exciting year for F1. There has never been a season in the sixty year history of Formula One when four drivers arrived at the ultimate race with a chance to take the title. There was a very tough fight between Alonso and Vettel. Finally Sebastian Vettel emerged the winner for 2010 season leading by just 4 points to Alonso’s 252. For Vijay Mallaya, it was really a good season as his got 68 constructors points and stood 7th in the table losing the 6th position by just 1 point to Williams-Cosworth.
I am not a vivid follower of golf. But there were two incidents which caught my eye this year. One was the public appearances of Tiger Woods darlings and the second one was, Arjun Atwal became the first Indian to win a PGA Tour event with a one shot victory at the Greensboro Classic in August.
I have been a big fan of Federer over the years. This year has been not so good for him and my interest to follow the tournaments has reduced. But I liked Federer’s arch rival Nadal finishing career grand-slam by winning the US Open title. There were some memorable matches this year. The most memorable part was the longest match ever played in the history of tennis between French qualifier Nicolas Mahut and seeded American John Isner during Wimbledon. The scoreboard read 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-3), 70-68. India can be proud of something here. Somdev Devvarman created history by winning the tennis gold in the men’s singles category at the Asian Games, a first by an Indian. He also teamed up with Sanam Singh to win the men’s doubles event. The Indo-Pak tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi reached the finals of US Open and for their message of ‘Stop War, Start Tennis’, the duo also bagged the ‘Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Of The Year’ award.
After Sania Mirza bringing Hyderabad on to the global map, for the past 2 years Saina has take over the job. The Hyderabadi became the first female Indian shuttler to win three back-to-back titles. She won Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, Singapore Super Series and defended the Indonesian Open. This year golden run did not end there. She went on to win the Gold at the CWG 2010. Even though it was a disappointing show at Asian Games, she didnt stop there and her hunger for success has guided her to win Hong Kong Open in November making it the third Super Series title this year. She was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards this year. She also reached the Number 2 spot which is her best ever ranking.
I wish to see more and more excitement in sports in 2011