The year 2015 was quite outstanding for Indian sports as our sportspersons made sure there were a number of great moments on the global stage to make all of us cheer for them.
From Sania Mirza’s double Grand Slam conquest to Satnam Singh’s historical induction into the NBA, it has truly been a year to cherish. Here’s a look at the top five Indian sports personalities who made India proud in 2015.
Saina Nehwal (Badminton)
Saina had a brilliant run of form in 2015 as she started the year by winning the India Open Grand Prix title by defeating world No 1 Carolina Marin. In March, she won her maiden women’s singles title at the India Open BWF Super Series by beating Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon and created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to claim the No 1 spot in the BWF rankings. Later in the year, she went on to record her best finish at the All-England championships where she finished runners-up.
Satnam Singh (Basketball)
The year was extremely special for Indian basketball fans as 19-year-old Satnam became the first Indian player to be picked in the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately, the Indian basketball team did not perform as well this year, but players like Satnam can inspire them to improve their game and rise above the administrative hurdles.
Ravichandran Ashwin (Cricket)
The off-spinner from Chennai made sure he had a brilliant Test season in 2015 by claiming 55 wickets and his six five-wicket hauls this year also equalled the most by any Indian. Ashwin also impressed with his batting as he maintained a healthy average of over 30 runs in Test matches and ended the year as the top-rated all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings.
Vijender Singh (Boxing)
The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist decided to take the next step in his career in 2015 by opting for professional boxing and has proven his mettle brilliantly by knocking out his first three opponents without any problem. Vijender used his experience as an amateur boxer brilliantly and is currently unbeaten after facing three tough oppositions in his professional career.
Sania Mirza (Tennis)
It was a year to cherish for the Indian tennis ace as she claimed the No 1 spot in the WTA doubles rankings along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis. Thanks to a 22-match winning streak and 10 WTA titles, Sania, along with her partner, was crowned as the Women’s Doubles World Champions for 2015. The 29-year-old also finished the year with two Grand Slam titles - Wimbledon and the US Open.