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10 amazing sportswomen who made India proud in 2015

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In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call of “Beti Bachao”, Indian sports have come out of it and witnessed a sea change with more and more sportswomen making the country proud with their achievements.

Here is a list of female sportsperson who had brought immense glory to the country.

  1. MITHALI RAJ (CRICKET)

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Indian skipper Mithali Raj created history when she became the first woman to cross the 5000 runs milestone in One-Day Internationals. Mithali also became the second highest run getter of all time in women’s cricket.

She was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award in January 2015 for her contribution in the cricket.

  1. HEENA SINDHU (AIR PISTOL)

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The former world number one lived up to the billing when she bagged the gold medal in women’s 10m air pistol event in 2015 Asian Air Gun Championships in New Delhi.

  1. DEEPIKA KUMARI (ARCHERY)

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In 2015, Deepika’s first medal came at the second stage of the Archery World Cup, where she won a bronze in the individual event. The latter half of the year saw her winning the Silver Medal in 2015 Archery World Cup final.

She was bestowed with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

  1. SAINA NEHWAL (BADMINTON)

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The Ace champion won the 2015 India Open Grand Prix Gold by defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final. She became the first Indian woman shuttler to reach the finals of All England Open Badminton Championship but lost to Carolina in the final. She became World number 1 after she won her maiden women’s singles title at the India OpenBWF Super Series and was finally declared the first Indian women’s player to be World No.1 in badminton.

  1. JOSHNA CHINAPPA (SQUASH)

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Veteran Joshna Chinappa made a record after she became the highest ranked Indian in the world professional squash circuit in 2015.

She won the 2015 Women’s Victorian Open Melbourne after upstaging the second seed Line Hansen to win the title.

  1. SANIA MIRZA (TENNIS)

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Currently ranked number 1 in women’s doubles, India’s tennis sensation Sania Mirza won a plethora of trophies in 2015. Sania Mirza partnered with Martina Hingis and became the first Indian player to win women’s doubles Grand Slam title in Wimbledon 2015. She also became the second tennis player to receive the country’s highest sporting honour – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. She also won Sydney International (Sydney) with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. With Swiss Martina Hingis she also won Indian Wells Masters (Indian Wells), Miami open, Family Circle Cup (Charleston), US Open (New York), Guangzhou International Women’s Open (Guangzhou), Wuhan Open (Wuhan), China Open (Beijing) and WTA Finals (Singapore) in 2015.

Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country.

  1. DIPA KARMAKAR: THE GOLDEN GIRL (GYMNASTICS)

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This golden girl of Tripura became the first Indian to participate in the finals of World Gymnastics Championship and scored 14.900 points in the women’s vault qualification in the World Gymnastics Championships 2015 in Glasgow followed by a women’s vault bronze medal which she clinched at the Asian Championships 2015 held in Hiroshima, Japan. She received the prestigious Arjuna award for her achievements.

  1. LALITA BABAR (ATHLETICS)  

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Lalita Babar, the Maharashtra athlete, bagged a gold medal in the women’s 3000m
steeplechase in the National Open Championship and created a new record by clocking in 9 hours, 39 minutes breaking the previous record of 10 hours, 8 minutes set by Sudha Singh. Lalita is the first Indian who smashed her own national record and qualified for the women’s 3000m steeplechase final in the World Athletics Championships.

  1. DEBORAH HEROLD (CYCLING)

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Deborah made history in 2015 when she became the first cyclist from India to attain world ranking as high as four, achieving it in the 500m Time Trial event. This fast rising name in the world cycling charts further added to her growing accolades by winning three medals (one gold and two silver) at the Track Asia Cup in the Capital last month.

10. ARUNIMA SINHA (MOUNTAINEER)

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Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. Losing her leg in a train accident did not deter this mountaineer who is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.

This former national volleyball player has written a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014.

She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.

(Image courtesy: scoopwhoop.com)

 

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What’s Common To Virat Kohli, Sania Mirza, Rajnikanth And Other Celebs?

Virat Kohli getting his beard insured.

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What's Common To Virat Kohli, Sania Mirza, Rajnikanth And Other Celebs?
What's Common To Virat Kohli, Sania Mirza, Rajnikanth And Other Celebs? Flickr

Life insurance is no big deal, but getting your body parts or other attributes insured is quite wacky. For celebrities, their bodily features serve as their means of livelihood and fame. So, it is only natural that they would be protective of their ‘assets’. With the buzz around Indian skipper, Virat Kohli getting his beard insured, the trend is gaining quite a momentum in India. Though, it has already been in practice in the West, with celebrities like Miley Cyrus (she got her tongue insured), Jennifer Lopez (has her voluptuous booty insured), Daniel Craig (got his whole body insured), and many others popularising the latest fad, Indian celebrities are joining their Western counterparts in protecting their features, too.

John Abraham

The handsome hunk, John Abraham, who gave us a tantalizing butt view in Dostana not only had his female friends ogling but also arrested the attention of an international insurer. They offered to ensure the Bollywood star’s derrière for a whopping Rs 10 crore to which he responded positively. Well, it is an ass-et and most expensive butt in Bollywood

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The film is jointly produced by JA Entertainment, Zee Studios and Kyta Productions. Flickr

Sunny Deol

Known for his ‘dhai kilo ka haath’, Sunny Deol got his voice and dialogue style copyrighted instead. Because he was disappointed when his voice and dialogue delivery was adopted for mimicry, which far exceeded permissible levels according to him.

Rajnikanth

There is nothing that Rajnikanth can’t do, especially in his films. Speak of Thalaiva and even the earth stands still (pun intended of course). The actor who, even today, has a crazy fan following, has got his voice insured and patented, followed by a petition he filed against a production house for personality right violation.

 Amitabh Bachchan

The Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, got really upset when he found out that the voice artists were using his baritone without the permission to sell certain products that he didn’t quite approve of. So, it was buzzed that Amitabh wants to get his voice copyrighted. Hence, Mr Bachchan got his voice tone insured and patented.

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it was buzzed that Amitabh wants to get his voice copyrighted. flickr

Priyanka Chopra

Everybody is aware of Priyanka Chopra’s pouty smile on which she has drawn up a copyright. As she seems to be of the opinion that her smile is very much her own, and no one has the right to copy it after she discovered the wrong ways of it getting used by doctors promising young girls to achieve ‘Priyanka Chopra Smile’ after necessary surgical tweaking.

Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.
Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City.
 Mallika Sherawat

Known for her hourglass figure, Mallika Sherawat went a step ahead of all the other Bollywood divas and got her whole body insured. It is also believed that the actress spends hours on her body to keep it flawless.

Sania Mirza

Ace tennis player, Sania Mirza has reportedly got her hands insured, which are her greatest assets. Because tennis is a tough game and it involves a lot of hand movements and mind presence. Plus, we all have seen her create magic by winning trophies for the country.

Lata Mangeshkar

Known as the second nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has given a number of hits and even lent her voice to generations of actresses since 1940s. While the amount remains unknown, it has been confirmed that she has got her melodic voice insured.

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Lata Mangeshkar has got her melodic voice insured. Flickr

Vijender Singh

India’s ace pugilist, Vijender Singh got his power-packed hands insured, as those are his main weapons in the game. The decision came after his medal-winning performance in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Rakhi Sawant

The controversial, outspoken actress, dancer, model and host, Rakhi Sawant loves herself more than anything else and everyone is well aware of it. In order to keep herself sexy always, she has apparently insured her derriere. (IANS)

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6 Times Indian Women Cricket Team Stunned Us With Their Performance

Indian Women cricket team stands no more in the shadows and is basking in the glory which they rightly deserve

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Indian Women Cricket Team is slowly gaining the rightful recognition it deserves. Twitter
Indian Women Cricket Team is slowly gaining the rightful recognition it deserves. Twitter

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Cricket is the most popular sport in India
  • Indian Women Cricket Team has now started to gain more recognition
  • In past year, the team has proved its mettle on the field on various occasions

Cricket is indubitably one of the most integral parts of India. From children to old people, everyone loves to watch and discuss cricket. Game of cricket has been raised to a stature where the players are more than just idols, they have become ‘god.’

Indian Women Cricket Team has proved its mettle on the field in 2017. Twitter
Indian Women Cricket Team has proved its mettle on the field in 2017. Twitter

For a country that takes cricket so seriously, the Indian women’s cricket team is often ignored in the shadow of their counterpart, the male cricket team. However, that was a case of past, now the Indian Women cricket team stands no more in the shadows and is basking in the glory which they rightly deserve.

Not only just cricket devotees but the whole nation now admits that India’s Women Cricket team, captained by versatile Mithali Raj and coached by Tushar Arothe, is one team which needs to be recognised more because of their talent and prowess on the field.

Indian Women Cricket Team captain,Mithali Raj is one versatile woman. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Women Cricket Team captain, Mithali Raj is one versatile woman. Wikimedia Commons

In 2017, India’s women cricket team proved its mettle in the field on various occasions. Here is the list of 6 occasions when they totally stunned us with their performance :

  • What could have been a deterrent because of the ODI championship points the team has to give away (because of not playing a bilateral series with Pakistan), turned out to be a stunner. The series which happened in February showed the world some of finest performances by our women in blue.  Especially, the Vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s almost impossible 8 runs in 2 balls against South Africa which took India straight to the finals.

    Indian Women's Cricket Team is a total stunner on the field.Twitter
    Indian Women’s Cricket Team is a total stunner on the field.Twitter
  • Then came April’s Quadrangular series, where the Indian Women cricket team showed the world who’s the real boss. They beat the host, South Africa by eight wickets in the finals. Baller Jhulan Goswami was dubbed as the leading wicket-taker in ODIs. The series also witnessed a record partnership of whopping 320 runs Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut against Ireland.

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  • That match also made history with the Indian women cricket team scoring a total of 358 runs. It is India’s highest score ever in ODIs. Also, it made Deepti and Punam the first pair to go past 300 runs in the women ODIs. Also, Deepti’s 188 runs off 167 balls, is the second highest score in ODI history.

    The Women's cricket team has been breaking records after records. Twitter
    The Women’s cricket team has been breaking records after records. Twitter
  • Even though the Indian women cricket team has performed really well; the Indian women cricket team captain, Mithali Raj was not sure about them winning the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.  However, the team went on to win three consecutive matches against the Women’s cricket teams of West Indies, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. It was a stunning a winning streak in which main contributors were, Smriti Mandhana, Ekta Bisht, and Deepti Sharma.

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  • This one is yet another feather in the fabulous cap of the Indian Women Cricket team. They beat New Zealand by 186 runs, which is easily the highest margin of victory in the history of the Women’s World Cup.

    Indian Women Cricket Team has performed stunningly in the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup. Twitter
    Indian Women Cricket Team has performed stunningly in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Twitter
  • In the semi-finals of 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, India beat Australia, who is considered the world No. 1, by 36 runs.  The deed was done with an unbeaten 171 off 115 balls by Harmanpreet, which is the third-highest score in the Women’s Cricket and included a massive 20 fours and seven sixes.

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India’s Mithali Raj on number one spot in latest ICC Women’s ODI Batting Chart

Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively.

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Mithali Raj. Wikimedia

Dubai, October 30, 2017 : Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj on Monday rose one place to the number one spot in the latest ICC ODI rankings for batswomen.

Ellyse Perry of Australia and Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand also jumped one place each to be at second and third spots while Meg Lanning of Australia has dropped from first to fourth after missing the series against England due to injury.

Mithali has 753 points, while Perry and Satterthwaite are on 725 and 720 points respectively.

Among women bowlers, India’s Jhulan Goswami remained on the second spot with 652 rating points, behind Marizanne Kapp (656) of South Africa.

Meanwhile, defending champion Australia’s 2-1 victory over England in the ICC Women’s Championship series has not only helped them garner four useful points but also regain the top spot in the women’s team rankings.

England had displaced Australia from the top spot for the first time after the annual update earlier this month.

Starting the series ahead on decimal points with both teams on 128 points, Australia made the most of the home conditions to prevail despite the absence of first-choice captain and leading batter Lanning, going up to 129 points and ensuring a two-point lead in the process.

Teams get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss in the ICC Women’s Championship, which will see ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams gain direct qualification to the pinnacle women’s 50-over event.

The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event.

India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies are the other sides in ICC Women’s Championship, which runs till 2020. (IANS)