Update From The Sports World
Australian Open Top Seeds Named
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and Romanian tennis player Simona Halep have been named top seeds on January 10, 2019 for the Australian Open. The 107th edition of the Australian Open will take place at Melbourne Park from January 14 to 27, 2019.
Birendra Prasad Baishya, Chef de Mission for 2020 Olympics
The president of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Birendra Prasad Baishya was named the Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on January 10, 2019. This is the first time that the sport of Weightlifting has been given the honour of the Chef de Mission for the Olympics.
Smriti Mandhana, ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year
India’s left-handed opening batter Smriti Mandhana was crowned women's cricketer of the year by ICC on December 31, 2018. The 22 year old is only the second Indian woman to win an International Cricket Council award. The first was fast bowler Jhulan Goswami who was named the women's player of the year in 2007.
Indian Cricketer Rishabh Pant Makes History
Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the country's first keeper to complete twenty catches in a Test series on December 30, 2018. Pant broke the records of former cricketers Naren Tamhane and Syed Kirmani who had nineteen dismissals in 1954-55 and 1979-80 respectively. Australia's Brad Haddin holds the record for the most catches (29) in a Test series.
Jasprit Bumrah, Highest Wicket Taker in 2018
The Indian fast bowler became the highest wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018. With 78 wickets in 2018, he has overtaken South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada who was at 77 wickets. Bumrah took 48 wickets in Tests, 22 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is in 2018.
Arunima Sinha is the First Female Amputee to Scale Mount Vinson
Arunima Sinha has created history again. The first female amputee to have conquered Mount Everest has now become the world’s first woman amputee to climb the highest peak in Antarctica, Mount Vinson.
India wins First Ever Test Series in Australia
The last day of the India-Australia 4th Test match ended in a draw due to rain. With that, India secured their first ever test series win on Australian soil with a score of 2-1.
Virat Kohli Breaks Sachin Tendulkar's Record of Fastest Batsman
The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli beat legend Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest batsman to score 19000 international runs. Kohli achieved this feat on the 1st day of 4th Test Match in Sydney against Australia. Virat Kohli crossed 19000 runs mark in 399 innings while Sachin Tendulkar had scored 19000 runs in 432 innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara Breaks Rahul Dravid's Record
The 30 year old Indian Batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara faced 1258 balls in the test series against Australia to become the batsman who had faced the highest deliveries in a test series in Australia. He beat India’s Former Captain, Rahul Dravid’s record of 1203 balls.
Rishabh Pant Becomes First Indian Wicketkeeper to Score a Test Century in Australia
Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has become the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a Test century against Australia on Australian soil. Pant hit 159 runs on the 2nd day of 4th Test Match at Sydney, Australia.