Anand greatest Indian sportsman of all time

by All Sports Magazine

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All Sports Magazine for its third anniversary special issue of April 2010 has chosen the theme of selecting the ten greatest Indian sporting achievement of all time with Abhinav Bindra’s individual gold medal winning feat in shooting being right at the top. The magazine has also nominated Viswanathan Anand as the greatest Indian sportsperson of all time for his feat of winning three chess world championships in different formats as well as numerous other tournaments in the elite division and singlehandedly igniting a chess revolution in the country. The Chennai whiz kid has usurped this distinction over the heads of other deserving claimants like Dhyan Chand, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Geet Sethi, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble etc, a release issued by the magazine stated here today. The Top 10 Indian sporting achievements of all time as chosen by All Sports Magazine as are follows: 1) Abhinav Bindra’s individual gold medal in shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics — he’s the only Indian to earn this distinction in a century of endeavour. 2) Kapil’s Devils’ coup in the 1983 World Cup is Indias most sensational team triumph even though it was replicated by M S Dhoni’s ‘Men in Blue’ 24 years later, albeit in a more truncated version of cricket. 3) The Dhyan Chand-orchestrated golden symphony in the 1936 Berlin Olympics before a global audience and an impressed Fuhrer made supremacy and artistry in field hockey synonymous with the jugglers from the sub-continent. 4) Viswanathan Anand set the final seal on his greatness when he won the 2007 (tournament) and 2008 (match play) FIDE world chess championships to confirm his 2000 world triumph in the knock out format which unleashed a chess revolution in India in its wake. 5) Wilson Jones was right on cue in the 1958 World Amateur Billiards Championship in Kolkata, making him the first Indian world champion in any discipline. His success paved the way for a procession of world beaters in the three-ball game. 6) Prakash Padukone’s upset win over Liem Swie King in the final of the All England Badminton Championship in 1980 took him to No 1 in the world. 7) Leander Paes’ bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics tennis singles while battling a wrist injury and also a top-quality field to clinch the second individual medal for India since 1952 was another big high for the tricolour. 8) He may have missed a podium finish by the proverbial whisker, but Milkha Singh’s gallant run in the 400 m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics is still embedded in the nations collective memory. 9) Mohun Bagan’s sensational 2-1 victory over East Yorkshire Regiment in the 1911 IFA Shield final was the seminal moment in Indian football whose ripples echoed beyond the Kolkata maidan and sparked off nationalist reverberations across the entire nation. 10) Ajit Wadekar’s twin series triumphs in the West Indies and England in 1971 showed that Indian cricket had made giant strides.

Source: All Sports Magazine

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