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Virat Kohli dominates this year with his willow

Virat Kohli dominates this year with his willow
Kohli in Delhi became the first skipper in history to hit six double centuries, against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

By Biswamoy Mukherjee

Kolkata, Dec 31 (UNI) The year 2017 belonged to Team India cricketCaptain Virat Kohli who dominated this year with his bat, finishing as the highest run-getter in ODIs by 1,460 at an average of 76.84 and the fourth in Tests (1,059 at 75.64).

Kohli has also had a milestone-filled year. Be it Test cricket or ODI or even T20’s, Team India captain has left his imprint on all three formats and has dominated everywhere.

India’s cricket team under Kohli has enjoyed a golden 2017. The side did not lose a single bilateral series in Tests, ODIs or Twenty20 Internationals.

In a career spanning over nine years, Kohli has been performing brilliantly and rewriting cricketing records at will.In Tests, against Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, Kohli in Delhi became the first skipper in history to hit six double centuries. He surpassed Brian Lara for most double-tons as captain in Tests with his 243.

During the ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur, Kohli became the fastest to 9,000 runs, achieving the feat in just 194 innings.Overall, Kohli has 9,030 runs in 202 ODIs at an average of 55.74 while in 63 Tests he has 5,268 runs averaging 53.75

After India defeated Australia in the first ODI in Chennai, Kohli added another record to his name as he surpassed MS Dhoni’s tally of leading India to 10 consecutive wins across all formats.Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 1,000 runs as an ODI captain in January 2017.

Under the leadership of Kohli, India have won 19 Test matches out of the 29 they have played. Noticeably, he has also captained India to their most number of consecutive series victories in Test cricket.

As captain, Kohli is also the 5th fastest to reach 10 Test match hundreds in 44 innings.Kohli is the first batsman to score 4 double-centuries in 4 consecutive Test series.

The Delhi-lad is also the first Indian skipper to slam three double-hundreds in a single calendar year.With India’s 2018 consisting of tours to South Africa, England and Australia, the challenge will go up for Kohli. However, he has a great record overseas, barring England where he averages 13.40 in five Tests.

Following is the chronological list of India’s achievement in sports in 2017.


On January 5, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as the Captain of the Indian One Day International (ODI) and T20I cricket teams.

Earlier in December 2014, Dhoni had suddenly quit Test captaincy during the Australia tour in Melbourne.

On the same day India has defeated Bangladesh 3-1 to win the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri inWest Bengal.

With this, India fetched the 4th consecutive SAFF Women's Championship title.On January 6, Virat Kohli was officially appointed as the captain for all three formats of Cricket. With this appointment, Kohli took over leadership for the upcoming limited-over series against England.

On January 8, Sania Mirza along with her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands won the 2017 Brisbane International Women’s Doubles title. It was the first win of the season for Mirza.

On the same day Indian tennis players Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won the 2017 Chennai Open Men’s Doubles title.

On January 15, Team India's skipper and batting master class Virat Kohli surpassed Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's yet another milestone. Kohli, batting for the first time as a full-time skipper, scored 122 off 108 deliveries against England in the first ODI at Pune and powered India to a historic win.

After slamming his 17th ODI hundred during the run chase, Kohli - the Run Machine - also equalled Tendulkar's record of most ODI centuries, batting second.

He also broke Tendulkar's record in bringing up most successful centuries while chasing. Kohli slammed a record 15th ODI century in successful chases and surpassed Tendulkar's previous record of 14 tonnes, which transformed into a win.

On January 16 Gujarat clinched their maiden Ranji Trophy title as they rode on Parthiv Patel’s innings of 143 to beat defending champions Mumbai by five wickets on the final day at the Holkar Stadium.

Gujarat became the 17th team to lift the title. With this title, Gujarat have won the domestic titles in T20, one-day and Ranji.They are only the fourth team to achieve this feat.

On January 22, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world to score 1,000 runs as captain in one-Day Internationals (ODIs) in the third ODI against England at the Eden Gardens.

The 28-year-old batsman took 17 innings to reach the landmark, breaking the earlier record set by South Africa’s AB deVilliers which was achieved in 18 innings.

Earlier only 4 batsman achieved the victory of scoring 1000 runs as ODI captain including: AB deVilliers-18 innings, Kane Williamson-20 innings, Alastair Cook-21 innings and Sourav Ganguly-22 innings.

Besides, Virat is the seventh Indian batsman to reach this landmark after Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

On January 23, India won the three-match One-Day International series against England 2-1. In the final match played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, England defeated India by a narrow margin of 5 runs.

On January 29, Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma won the men’s singles and the women’s singles titles respectively at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships.

On January 31 Siliguri lad Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Marathon as amateur runners from north Bengal and Northeast India dominated the first edition of the meet here.Hossain won the race with a timing of two hours 34 minutes and two seconds to leave Kolkata lad Biswanath Pal second, five minutes behind.

On February 2 , Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune.On February 8, the fifth One-Day International (ODI) between India Under-19 and their English counterparts ended in a tie after India lost its final wicket on the last ball of the match.

On February 10, Virat Kohli became the first player to score double century in four consecutive Test series while playing against Bangladesh in Hyderabad.He also became the second captain to score four double centuries for his country

On February 13, India won the ICC T20 Blind World Cup. In the final clash played at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy stadium, India defeated Pakistan by 9-wickets.

On the same day Prasad Erande from Pune travelled 14,576 kilometres on a cycle across India, establishing a Guinness World Record for the 'longest journey by bicycle in a single country.

On February 14, India won the one-match Test series against Bangladesh 1-0. In the match played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India defeated Bangladesh by 208 runs.On February 15, Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala created history by winning the New Zealand Grand Prix 2017 at the Chris Amon Circuit.

With the win, Jehan became the first and only Indian to win a Grand Prix in motorsport and has joined the elite list of Grand Prix winners including Keke Rosberg, Bruce Mclaren, John Surtees and Sir Jackie Stewart.

On February 20, the Indian Women's team won a silver at the Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy tournament at Vientiane, Laos.

A total of seven countries from across Asia including South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, India and hosts Laos vied for top honours in the tournament.

In the last match, India was beaten by South Korea by 29-0.On February 26, Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won the men's title in the second edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon

On February 28, Indian international cricketer Virat Kohli has named as the ‘Captain of the Year‘ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards.

On March 1, Pistol shooter Jitu Rai clinched the top position in the 50m men’s air pistol event. With this, India won their first gold medal at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi.

It was Rai’s second medal in two days after he won the bronze medal in the 10m pistol event on February 28.

On March 12, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia became the only second Indian golfer to successfully defend the Hero Indian Open golf title.

On March 20, Tamil Nadu won the Vijay Hazare Trophy of Cricket, for the fifth time. In the Final played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, they defeated Bengal by 37 runs.

Indian para-athletes in the third week of March 2017 bagged eight medals, including three gold, in the 9th Fazza International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

On March 23, Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won the gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation Shotgun World Cup in the men’s double trap event at Acapulco.

Mittal beat Australia’s James Willet with a score of 75 out of 80 while Willett managed 73. With this, India got its first medal of the competition where it has sent a nine member squad.

On March 27, West Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa.

On March 29, India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin received the Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 from former India captains and ICC Cricket Hall of Famers Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.

On March 29, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the $20,000 Vietnam Open International challenger badminton doubles title after defeating Thai pair of Trawut Potieng and Nanthakam Yordphaisong in a final in Hanoi, Vietnam.

On March 30, Chennai’s Srinath Narayanan is set to become India’s 46th Grandmaster after he defeated Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro at the ongoing Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament.

On April 3, Indian Women’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur has been given Sydney Thunder’s Women’s Player of the Year award for the second season of the Women’s Big Bash League.

On April 5, Indian captain Virat Kolhi was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016.

Kohli amassed 1215 Test runs at a stupendous average of 75.93 last year.

On April 28, Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th Moscow Sand art Championship.

On April 29, Jehan Daruvala, 18-year-old product of Force India Academy,(FIA) became the first Indian to take pole in the F3 (Formula - 3) European series, securing the top spot on the starting grid for Race 1 of the second round of the championship in Monza, Italy.

On May 2, Leander Paes has won the Tallahassee challenger Title of the men's doubles.

On the same day, Joshna Chinappa scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women's final.

Aizwal FC, a little known club from a remote corner of the country with a shoe- string budget crowned I - League Champions on May 2. This is one of the most remarkable achievements in Indian football history.

On May 8, India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plzen 2017 Shooting championships with seven medals. Indian men’s 25m Standard Pistol team, Neeraj Kumar won the gold medal and Harpreet Singh won silver medal. Deepak Sharma won the bronze medal.

Indian shooter Heena Sidhu won a bronze medal in the women’s 10-metre Air Pistol event. Rifle shooter Tejaswini Sawant won silver in the 50m Rifle Prone event. Pemba Tamang won bronze in the Men s 25m Centre Fire Pistol. Anmol Jain won a bronze in Men's 10m Air Pistol event.

Indian boxer Shiva Thapa won a silver medal in the 60-kg category at the Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on May 8. He also became the first boxer from the country to win medals at three consecutive championships.

He won a gold medal in 2013 and a bronze in the year 2015.

On May 10, Jhulan Goswami becomes the highest wicket-taker in Women's one-day internationals (ODI). She now has 181 wickets in 153 matches at an average of 21.76

She achieved the feat during the ongoing Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa.

She has broken the world record held by Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick who has taken 180 wickets.

On May 11, Harpreet Singh won a bronze medal in Greco-Roman weight divisions in the Asian Wrestling Championship held at the K.D. Jadhav arena in the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.

Harpreet won the bronze medal after beating his rival Jun Ji Na of China in 80 kg category.

On May 15, Bajrang Punia won a first gold medal for India in men's 65kg freestyle category at the Asian Wrestling Championship. He defeated South Korea’s, Seunghui Lee.

Former Indian batsman V.V.S. Laxman has been elected an honorary life member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on May 15.

Laxman played 134 Tests, 86 one-day internationals and 25 Twenty, 20 internationals for India.

Arjun Maini, the first Indian driver to win a GP3 race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on May 15.

On May 16, India’s Women Cricketers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut sets new World Record in One-Day Internationals.

The partnership of Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut scored 320 in 45.3 overs to become the world’s first pair, to achieve a 300-run opening-wicket partnership in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

The earlier best partnership for the first wicket in men’s cricket was 286 scored by Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya against England in 2006.

Deepti Sharma’s 188 runs is now the second highest score in women’s one-day International.

On May 19, R.R. Laxman of Integral Coach Factory won the All India Open Rapid World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rating Chess Tournament at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata.

He got 9.5 points defeating Mitrabha Guha who bagged 8.5 points.

On May 20, the Indian Men’s compound archery team Abhishek Verma, Chinna Raju Srither and Amanjeet Singh won compound gold at World Cup stage 1 championships held in Shanghai, China.They defeated Colombia team to achieve the gold.

On May 22, Mumbai Indians won the 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy for the third time at Hyderabad.

They defeated Rising Pune Supergiant team in the finals.

The South Asian Junior Table Tennis championship was held in Mount Lavinia, near Colombia in Sri Lanka on May 22

India got 10 gold medals and four silver medals for a total of 14 medals from the regional championships.

India won the championship with eight points, followed by Sri Lanka (six points).

Manav Thakkar won Junior Boys final . Archana Girish Kamath won Junior Girls final.

On May 22, Bengaluru FC team won the Federation Cup champions at the Barabati Stadium Cuttack, Odisha.

They defeated Mohun Bagan team.

On May 23, India's R Vaishali won the women's title with eight points from nine rounds in the Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship in Chengdu, China.She defeated Padmini Rout, Odisha.

On May 24, Ravichandran Ashwin won the International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEATCricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.

Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award.Ashwin took 99 wickets in the past 12 months.

On May 29, India’s Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi has become first Indian to win a Gold Medal in an International fencing tournament.

She participated in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland.

In the final, she defeated Sarah Jane Hampson of Great Britain.

On June 5, Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth won the men's singles title at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Title. Praneeth defeated Indonesia Jonatan Christie.

This is the first Grand Prix Gold win and a second title for Praneeth followed by Singapore Open title.

On June 9, Rohan Bopanna won his Grand Slam title along with his Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy.

He has become the fourth Indian to clinch a major title.On June 16, India’s Skipper Virat Kohli created a record by becoming the quickest batsman to score 8000 runs in One-Day International Cricket (ODI).

He defeated South Africa’s AB de Villiers record by seven fewer innings.

He managed to cross the 8000 run mark in his 175th innings during India’s match against Bangladesh in ICC Champion’s Trophy semi-final in Birmingham.

The most top scorers are Virat Kohli (175 innings),AB de Villiers (182 innings), Sourav Ganguly (200 innings), Sachin Tendulkar (210 innings), Brian Lara (211 innings).

On June 19, India’s Kidambi Srikanth won the Indonesia Open Super Series badminton title at Jakarta.

He defeated Japan Kazumasa Sakai.

Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs to win the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2017 final on June 19.

Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and lost heavily to India.It is the first victory for Pakistan in the history where India won the ICC Champions Trophy in the year of 2013.

On June 20, India won six medals in the Wushu competition of the first ever Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Games concluded in Guangzhou, China.The medals comprised two each in gold, silver, and bronze.

M. Gyandas and Anjul Namdev won one gold each. The two silver medals won by Bidheswari Devi and Toshibala. L. Sanatgombhi Chanu and Sajan Lama won bronze medal.

On June 26, Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won the Australian Open Superseries Trophy in Sydney. He defeated Chen Long of China.

Anish Bhanwala won 25-metre standard pistol gold with a World Junior Record in the Junior World Shooting Championship in Suhl, Germany on June 26. He defeated Florian Peter of Germany.

International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship Rifle/Pistol in Germany has 500 shooters participate from 65 different countries.

On June 27, Nashik’s army doctor Srinivas Gokulnath and Nagpur’s doctor Amit Samarth created history by becoming the first Indians to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in the solo 18-59 age category.

On July 3, Jehan Daruvala (18-year old) of Sahara Force India Academy created history by becoming the first Indian to win in the FIA F3 European Championship at Norisring in the final race of Round 5.

Jehan's victory in race 3 comes 18 years after Narain Karthikeyan won in the British F3 Championship.

FIA Formula 3 is the toughest junior racing category in the world.

On July 6, India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

He won the second Asian title this season and 8th overall title.

On July 7, India is placed at the 100th position in the ranking of Federation International of Football Association (FIFA).

The FIFA World Rankings ranks the men’s national teams in association football. The rankings were first introduced in 1992.

At present, Germany leads the ranking.Germany is followed by Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, and Switzerland in the rankings.

On July 10, Harinder Pal Sandhu won the South Australian Open squash title.

He defeated Rhys Dowling of Australia in the final match.

On July 11, Indian Sportsperson P V Sindhu won the 'Sportsperson of the Year' award during the ‘Maruti Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year’ Charity Gala Awards.

Sindhu’s coach P Gopichand received the Coach of the Year award.

Young India cricketer K L Rahul made a mark in the last Test series against Australia, was awarded Gamechanger of the Year award.

On July 13, Indian captain Mithali Raj created history by becoming the first player in the history of Women’s One-day International (ODI) cricket to score more than 6000 career runs.

She broke the previous record of Charlotte Edwards (5992) in 164 innings.

She achieved the record feat against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol.

On July 15, India’s Sundar Singh Gurjar won a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at World Para Athletics Championships held in London, United Kingdom.

Sundar recorded his personal best effort of 60.36m ahead of Dinesh Priyantha Herath (Sri Lanka) came second with 57.93m, followed by defending champion Guo Chunliang (China) with 56.14m.

On July 17, India’s Harinder Pal Sandhu won a Victorian Open Squash Title, in Melbourne.

He defeated Rex Hedrick of Australia. It was his fourth title of the year.

On July 18, India won three medals, including gold in the Asian Cadet Judo Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Thangjam Tababi Devi of Manipur won the yellow metal for India in the girls below 44kg weight category.

Haryana’s Simran won a bronze in the girl’s below 40kg division.

Paramjeet of Haryana won a bronze medal in the boys below 90kg category.

On July 20, A group of seven Indian students bagged two awards at a robotics Olympiad organised by ‘FIRST Global’ in the Washington United States of America.

Students from Mumbai won gold for Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award

The Indian team also won a bronze for Global Challenge Match.

On July 24, India lost to England by nine runs in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup final at Lord's in London.

The country England got its fourth Women's World Cup.

On July 25, World Youth Champion Sachin Siwach won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

He defeated Welsh boxer James Nathan Prober in the final of the light flyweight 49 categories.

India skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council on July 25.

The 34-year-old Indian was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup.

On August 1, India won total 24 medals at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournament.

It includes 7 Gold, 7 Silver and 10 Bronze medals in the event, India was the second best finishers.

On August 3, Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay honored by East Bengal football club on its foundation day here with its highest award, Bharat Gaurav.

Gurwinder Singh won the Footballer of the Year award and Boddupalli Amit was awarded as the Cricketer of the Year.

Former India International Subhash Bhowmick, a member of the 1970 Asian Games bronze medal-winning national football team and former national team coach Syed Naeemuddin were honored with lifetime achievement awards.

On August 7, Professional boxer Vijender Singh won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Super Middleweight title.

He defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China. It was his ninth successive win in his Professional career.

On August 8, Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won the individual as well as the team Gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship was held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

On August 21, Shapath Bharadwaj won a bronze medal in the mixed team trap competition at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy.

On August 28, PV Sindhu won the Silver medal in World Badminton Championship 2017.

She got defeated by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

For India, it still is a historic edition since for the first time country’s shuttler are returning with two medals.

Saina Nehwal won a bronze in the same tournament

India football team won the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Championship at the ANFA Complex on August 28.

India's Vikram Pratap Singh was chosen as the Best player of the tournament.

On September 4, Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper in world cricket to attain 100 stumpings in One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Former Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara is on the second position with 99 Stumpings on his name.

On September 8, India’s Sonam 43 kilogram weight category wins Gold in Cadet World Wrestling Championship.

Wrestler Neelam also bagged Bronze Medal in the 43-kilogram weight category.

Meanwhile, Four other wrestlers Simran, Manisha, Minakshi, Karuna will also fight for Bronze Medal in different weight categories.

On September 11, India won 2nd South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under - 16 Championship

They defeated Bhutan by 131-50 in its last league match at Kathmandu in Nepal.

On September 12 , Badminton Prakash Padukone conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for his rich contribution to the sport.

He is the first recipient of the lifetime achievement award. He won the 1980 All England and won a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen.

Padukone also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games. He was bestowed with the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982.

On September 18, PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win Gold Medal at the Korea Open Superseries Competition.

She defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the women's singles final.

She was second Indian female shuttler to win Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics.

On September 19, India won its first athletics gold through Purnima Hembram in women’s pentathlon in the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

On September 22 , Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (22-year-old from Kanpur) became the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket during the second match of the ongoing series against Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Yadav took the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls in his eighth over. This was the first ODI hat-trick by an Indian in over 26 years.

He becomes the third Indian to achieve this feat, after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma.

Yadav had also become the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the U-19 World Cup, achieving the feat against Scotland in 2014.

On September, 25 In the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, India bagged four medals.

Sajan Prakash of India won second with the silver medal in the Men's 100-metre butterfly event.

Divya Gurling Shilwant and Pratiksha Chandrakant Parhar bagged a bronze each in women's Alysh classic in 70 kg and 75 kg categories in the Belt Wrestling Discipline.

Zumu from Nagaland won the bronze medal in the 90 kg category of Kazakh Kuresh style belt wrestling.

India is at 11th spot in the medals tally with 5 gold, 7 silver, and 7 bronze.

On September 26, Asian champion Govindan Lakshmanan of Services cruised to victory in the men's 5000-metre race on the opening day of the 57th National Open Athletics Championships at the Nehru Stadium.

On October 9, India’s Anupama Ramachandran clinched the World Open Under-16 Snooker Championship title at St. Petersburg in Russia.

On October 12, Indian football team registered a commanding win over Macau by 4-1 in AFC Asian Cup qualifying match at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

India after winning this match has also qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup which is going to be held in the UAE.

On October 23, India beats Malaysia 2-1 in the finale to win the 2017 Asia Cup Hockey tournament held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

It is India's third continental title

Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lifted the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense, Denmark on October 23.

He defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year and fifth overall.

.On October 25, Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu combined to give India their first gold medal of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final in New Delhi.

They clinched the top honors in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions. Rai and Sidhu picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.

On October 29, Pardeep Narwal scored incredible 24 points to steer Patna Pirates to third consecutive Pro Kabaddi title.

On October 30, Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the third game against New Zealand. He went on to score his 32nd ODI century off 96 balls.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni had reached the milestone in 2016 while other Indians who have done so are Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. Overall, Kohli, who played his 202nd match and 194th innings has become the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark, making him the fastest to get there.

India's Kidambi Srikanth created history he became the first Indian player to win four Superseries titles in a year after he won the men's singles title at the French Open.

He defeated Japan's Kenta Nishimoto 21-14, 21-13 in the final to achieve this feat.

This win was another addition to the Indian's list of firsts as he also became the only Indian to win the French Open since it became a Superseries event in 2007.

On October 31, Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team beat hosts Malaysia 4-0 in the Bronze medal match of the 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium, in Malaysia

On November 1, Ace Indian shooter Heena Sindhu bagged gold in women's 10m Air Pistol event at Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Brisbane, Australia.

Heena shot a score of 240.8 in the finals to beat Australia's Elena Galiabovitch, who has to settle for silver after posting 238.2.

India also picked up their second medal through Deepak Kumar as he won bronze in men's 10m Air Rifle event.

On November 6, India defeated China 5-4 via shootout to win the women’s Asia Cup hockey title 2017.

With this, India also qualified for World Cup 2018 as Continental champion.

Savita Punia was adjudged Goalkeeper-of-the-Tournament while Monica won the Woman-of-the-Match award.

India bagged 16 medals including four gold at the ongoing Commonwealth Shooting Championships in Gold Coast, Australia on November 6.

It has one gold and a silver medal in shotgun events.

On November 7, Shiv Kapur clinched his first Asian Tour title in India, bagging the Panasonic Open by three strokes, after bringing home a card of four-under 68 in the fourth and final round at the Delhi Golf Club.

The Indian shooting contingent finished the Commonwealth Shooting Championship 2017 with the best tally of 20 medals on November 7.

Indian shooters won a total of six gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals in the competition.

On November 8, M.C. Mary Kom (48kg) notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Vietnam. She has defeated North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi.

This is Mary Kom’s first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games.

Mary Kom’s last medal came in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, where she became the first Indian woman boxer to win gold in the Women’s Flyweight (51 kg) category.

On November 13, India’s tennis star Leander Paes and his Indian partner Purav Raja clinched the Knoxville Challenger men's doubles title at Tennessee in the United States.

The Indian duos defeated the pair of American-Australian James Cerretani and John Patrick Smith.

This year in August, Paes, and Raja won their first ever title in partnership.

The Supreme Court appointed former football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsman, according to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on November 13.

As per the AIFF, the apex court also appointed S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner of India who has also served as Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India as the ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF Constitution.

On November 18, Shagun Chowdhary bagged a national champion crown when she won the women’s trap event at the 61st National Shooting Championship, in New Delhi.

N Nivetha of Tamil Nadu won the Junior Women’s title in the same event shooting 37. Rajeshwari led a team consisting Sukhreet Kaur and Inaya Vijaya Singh to claim the women’s team trap gold. Madhya Pradesh won medals both in the senior and junior women’s team events.

On November 26, Indian female wrestler Ritu Phogat (48kg) bagged the silver medal in U-23 Senior World Wrestling Championship being held at Poland.

On November 27, Gopi Thonakal created history by becoming first Indian man to win Asian Marathon Championship.

He achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event in China.

India showing up a dominating performance at the World youth women boxing championship which is being held in N.C. Bordoloi Indoor Stadium and clinched five gold medals in their respected final matches on November 27.

Haryana quartet of Nitu in the 48kg category, Jyoti Gulia in the 51kg category, Sakshi Chaudhary in the 54kg category and Shashi Chopra in the 57kg category and Assam girl Ankushita Boro in 64kg category won their respected final matches and clinched gold medals.

Before India bagged two gold medals through Sarjubala Devi in the 48kg category and Minu Basumatary in the 64kg category at the inaugural edition in Antalya, Turkey, in 2011.

On November 28, Indian contingent to BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea clinched 10 medals, including two golds.

India’s Parul Parmar defeated Thailand’s Wannaphatdee Kamtam in the finals of the women’s singles Standing Lower (SL3). Other gold was also won by Parul Parmar, who paired with Japan’s Akiko Sugino in women’s doubles (SL 3-4) final.

The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams were both crowned the champions of Asia after beating Pakistan and South Korea in Gorgan, Iran on November 28.

Star raider Ajay Thakur led from the front in the men’s final, as India beat their arch-rivals Pakistan 36-22.

The Indian women’s team beat South Korea 42-20 in their final.

On December 2, Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani grabbed the title of IBSF World Snooker Championship at Al-Arabi Sports Club in Doha, Qatar.

He defeated Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the finals and secured his 18th World Championship title.

Indian archers produced an impressive performance, grabbed three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 2.

Two Indian boys and girls also booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympics.

On December 4, Virat Kohli after becoming the first captain to register a hat-trick of centuries in a three-match series, the Indian skipper scaled yet another milestone when he scored his sixth double century, the highest as a captain.

He overtook West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the record previously with five double tons in Tests.

With a sixth double hundred, Kohli has also tied Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for the most 200-plus scores for India in Tests.

India’s Deepika Kumari won a bronze medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok, Thailand on December 4.

On December 5, Mumbai's 18-year-old batsman Prithvi Shaw has been named the captain of the Indian Under-19 team for the 2018 U-19 World Cup

On December 7, India won the first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship. In the title clash played in Guwahati, India defeated Nepal, 3-0.

In the boys’ singles competition Aryaman Tandon defeated Dipesh Dhami 21-9, 21-15 while Ashmita Chaliha defeated Rashila Maharjan 21-9, 21-6 in the Girls’ singles event.

In Boys’ Doubles, the pair of Arintap Dasgupta and Krishna Prasad came back from a game behind to beat the duo of Dipesh Dhami and Nabin Shrestha 19-21, 21-14, 21-11.

On December 8, Nagpur’s Kanchanmala Pande created history as she became the first Indian to secure pole position at the World Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico.

The 26-year-old Reserve Bank of India employee won gold in the 200-metre medley event in the S-11 category and was also the only Indian to qualify for the women’s category. Unfortunately, she missed a podium finish in the 100 metres freestyle and came fifth in the breaststroke and backstroke category.

On December 10, Mehuli Ghosh and Tushar Mane became the first Indian shooters to secure the women’s and men’s quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by winning a gold and bronze each at the 10th Asian Championship 10M Rifle/Pistol at Wako City, Japan.

On December 11, Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore confirmed union government will launch a 'Khelo India' programme at a cost of 1,756 crore rupees for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The initiative marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

The main aims to promote 150 select schools in as many districts, and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sportspersons to pursue the dual pathway of education and competitive sports.

Indian Diving Team won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017 on December 11

On December 12, Australia beat Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) to win gold at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Argentina beat India (who won bronze earlier) in the semifinals.

India bagged a rich haul of 21 medals including six gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships which was concluded on Monday in Wako City, Japan on December 12.

On December 13, 21-year-old Indian Golfer Shubhankar Sharma claimed European Tour victory in the Joburg Open, in South Africa. He has defeated South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen.

This was a maiden European Tour win for Shubhankar Sharma.

On December 14, India become the first-ever team to register 300+ totals 100 times in ODIs, after posting 392/4 against Sri Lanka in Mohali.

This was also the 25th instance of India scoring 350+ in an ODI innings, second-most by a team after South Africa (26). India was driven by captain Rohit Sharma's 208*, his third ODI double hundred which is also a record in ODIs.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to lift the ban on the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) provided former IPL chief Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning, the Board decided in its Special General Meeting (SGM) on December 14.

On December 18, Double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar clinched a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa.

In Johannesburg, Sushil defeated New Zealand's Akash Khullar via a pinfall in the final of the 74kg freestyle category to clinch the medal.

Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal in the same category. Another Olympic medalist, Sakshi Malik also clinched a gold medal in the championships.

Sakshi defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category.

On December 19, Indian junior boxers clinched total 11 Medals (six gold, four silver and a bronze medal) at the fifth International Sven Lange Memorial Tournament to finish as overall champions in the German city of Schwerin.

Bhavesh Kattamani (52kg) picked up the best boxer trophy along with his gold medal. In the three-day tournament, the other gold-medallists for India were Vijeydeep (63kg), Akshay (60kg), Ish Pannu (70kg), Lakshay Chahar (80kg) and Vinit (75kg). India was named the tournament's best team.

On December 27, Indian boxers have claimed three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan.

In the event, the country’s Gold Medal winners were K Shyam Kumar in 49kg, Naman Tanwar in 91kg and Satish Kumar in the 91kg category claimed gold medals.

The19-year-old Naman Tanwar was also adjudged the best boxer of the tournament.

On December 28, Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand lifted the World Rapid Chess Championship title beating Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.

Union sports ministry achievements during 2017:

Sports Minister laid the Foundation Stone at Gandhinagar, Gujarat for the first ever training center dedicated for Para Athletes on February 5.. The center is proposed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 crores. It will have the World Class facilities where Para athletes will be trained for various International Competitions including Asian Games, Common Wealth Games and Olympic Games.

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involving International Boxing Association (AIBA), Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) was signed on 1st March 2017 in New Delhi to set up boxing academy at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi and Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Rohtak.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports organized a conference on 'Women and Sports in India’ in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women Day on 8th March, 2017 to deliberate upon various issues for encouraging more and more women to take up sports. A committee under the chairmanship of AS & FA with representatives from athletes, an advocate and a senior officer of MYAS and a sports journalist (all women) has been constituted for this purpose.

India conducted successfully 22ndAsian Athletic Championship, 2017from July 6 – 9 at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. India topped in the medal tally by winning 29 medals (12 Gold, 5 Silver, 12 Bronze).

Ministry organized the first Grameen Marathon on 6th August for the youth of rural area in Delhi (Nizampur village) with around 15,000 participants. It involved boys and girls from rural areas of Delhi and helped spread the message of sports and physical activity as way of life. Objective of such sporting events is also to provide a platform to talented youngsters from rural and tribal regions and to help them grow and provide us a chance to train them further so that they can represent India at world stage.

The first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsavwas organized between August 28 to September 3 in Nizampur village in Delhi. The Rural Games aimed at popularising the indigenous games like wrestling, athletics etc. and also had fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games to convey the message that every age category needs to take up and practice sports.

Sports Talent Search Portal was launched to spot the best talent from among the young population of the country, by the Vice President M.Venkaiah Naiduat a function at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on August 28 in the presence of the MoS(I/C) YAS, Arjuna awardees and thousands of school children. The portal will provide a transparent platform for talented youth to upload their achievements. Shortlisted applicants will undergo selection trials and those who pass the trials will be offered admission to SAI schemes.

During Australian Prime Minister’s visit to India, Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, five Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) between Government of India and Government of Australia were signed on April 10 at New Delhi for developing the relation in the field of sports between both countries.

Further, India and Australia on April 12 launched sports partnership in Mumbai aimed at increasing cooperation in sports. The partnership will advance India-Australia cooperation in four areas- Athlete/Coach training and Development, Sports Science, Sports Governance & Integrity and Grass-root participation.

The Ministry has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) based on the recommendations of the Olympic Task Force, which was constituted in January 2017for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles).

Ministry has sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to AbhinavBindra Foundation Trust (ABFT) to set up a state-of-the-art high-performance facility for rehabilitation, fitness-training and sports science (“Facility”) at the Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence, Bengaluru. The Facility will be named as the “Sports Authority of India (SAI)-AbhinavBindra Targeting Performance Centre”.

On the recommendation of the Olympic Task Force, the Ministry has on September 15 decided to give stipend of Rs 50,000 per month to all the athletes selected under Target Olympic Podium Scheme to meet pocket expenses during their preparation for participation in international sports events.

Union Cabinet has approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs.1,756crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. This marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports, as the Programme aims at mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development. The revamped Khelo India Programme would impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.

A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized on 26.9.2017 at New Delhi with the participation of about 80 representatives from State Governments, National Sports Federations, Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports, Sports Authority of India, National Observers, etc.

One of the key objectives of the workshop was to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer. Experts from Sport England made presentation on community sports and gender equality. The Head of Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) of the UK made a presentation on talent identification and development system. Presentations on community sports were made by Magic Bus and Isha Foundation (NGOs)

The 17th edition of the FIFA Under -17 World Cup was successfully held from October 6 to 28 . First time in history, India hosted such a big international football competition.

The Venues of the competition were JLN Stadium- New Delhi, PJN Stadium, Fatorda- Goa, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium- Kochi , Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium- Guwahati, VivekanandYuva Bharti Krirangan, Salt Lake- Kolkata, DY Patil Stadium- Navi Mumbai. Twenty Four Teams from across the world participated in the tournament. The Final Match was played between England and Spain before a packed YubabharatiKrirangan Stadium, Salt Lake at Kolkata on 28th October, 2017 in which England were declared FIFA U-17 World Cup Champions.

Mission XI Million is a joint programme, of this Ministry, All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) to popularise football across the country. The programme targets to reach 11 Million boys and girls across the country for promotion of football by September 30.

The Central Government of India has allocated around Rs. 12.55 crores towards the said programme and an equal amount will be spent by AIFF/ FIFA. Around 11 Million children have already been covered under the said programme. The programe covered 11 Million students, parents, and coaches as part of Mission XI Million Programme played an important role to popularize football in the country.

The proposal for setting up of National Sports University in Manipur was formally announced by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech (2014-15) on July 10, 2014. NITI Ayog has conveyed in- principle approval for the project.

This new Central Sector Scheme would be implemented in five years. Tentative cost of the project will be more than Rs.500 crores. The training programe of the proposed Sports University would be organized under Four Schools: School of Sports Science and Sports Medicine, School of Sports Management and Technology, School of Sports Education and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The Four Schools would have Thirteen Departments under them.

The Government of Manipur has provided the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports with land measuring 325.90 acres West Imphal District of Manipur, for the proposed University on 29.12.2016. Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), the Project Management Consultant for setting up the proposed University.

To ensure that the proposed University conforms to the best international standards and practices, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Universities of Canberra and Victoria have been signed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in April 2017.

Pending finalization of NSU Bill, National Sports University Society established under the Manipur Societies Registration Act, 1989, will function as the university till such time the bill is passed. BPES and B.Sc. (Sports Coaching) courses will start from the KhumanLampak Sports Complex which will be the Head Quarters of the National Sports University Society. The plan is to take initially 60 Students each for the two courses. It is proposed to appoint one Officer on Special Duty (OSD) and one Finance Officer for the same apart from 16 Faculty Members to run the courses.

An Olympic Task Force (OTF) was set up in January, 2017 to prepare a comprehensive Action Plan for effective preparation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo, 2024 & 2028. The Task Force was entrusted with the preparation of an overall strategy for sports facility, training selection procedure and other related matters. The OTF has submitted its report in August, 2017.

Members of the ESC will be Chairperson (Selection by the Government through search committee process);IOA representative (President, IOA as Member and Secretary General, IOA as an alternate Member); 3 eminent athlete representatives who have retired from active sports, preferably from 3 sports disciplines having strong medal prospects at Olympic level, to be selected by the Government from amongst National Observers; One elite coach from a High Priority sport to be selected by the Government from amongst the existing Chief Coaches or High Performance Director on rotational basis; 1 Sports Scientist and 1 Sports Medicine Director (selection by the Government through search committee process); One representative from Government and one from the Sports Authority of India; One High Performance Director (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); One Chief Executive Officer (to be appointed by Government following search committee process); The ESC can co-opt upto two experts at a time on need basis.

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