2014 - A Recap: Sports Highlights

Updated: 30 December, 2014 13:13 IST
  • 2014 - A Recap: Sports Highlights
    From the tragic death of an Australian cricketer to the new reign of a European football team. From a disgracing celebration by a triumphant Pakistan hockey team to an Indian boxer creating history - the world of sports has seen almost everything unfold this year. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows throughout the year.
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  • Glory, Glory to Germany!
    Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the final to win their fourth FIFA World Cup title. Germany became the first European country to win the World Cup in the Americas. It was also the third time these two teams met in a World Cup final, previously being 1986 and 1990. It was young Mario Gotze’s stunning goal in the second half of extra time at the 113th minute that etched the German team into history. Germany is now the most successful World Cup team. (Pic/ AFP)
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  • A 'Hughes' tragedy
    On 25th November, during a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales, batsman Phillip Hughes was knocked out by a bouncer by pacer Sean Abbott. Hughes was struck below the ear despite wearing a helmet. He collapsed on the ground and was immediately taken to a hospital in Sydney, where he was placed in an induced coma. Two days later on 27th November, Phil Hughes passed away. He was to celebrate his 26th birthday three days later. Phil Hughes’ funeral was held on 3rd December in a town called Macksville in New South Wales and was attended by various members of the Australian and world cricket fraternity as well as Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Aussie cricketers Michael Clarke and Aaron Finch were among the pallbearers. Michael Clarke, who is also Phil’s close friend, paid a great tribute to the cricketer during the ceremony. Clarke also requested to the Board that the ‘no. 64’ shirt worn by Hughes be retired in his honour, which was granted. (Pics/ PTI, AFP)
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  • India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
    Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa create history to win India’s first gold medal in squash at the 2014 Commonwealth Games (Pic/ AFP)
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    Parupalli Kashyap became the first male shuttler in 32 years to win a gold medal in badminton singles at 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Abhinav Bindra, Jitu Rai, Rahi Sarnobat and Apurvi Chandela won gold medals in rifle shooting at 2014 CWG. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Sathish Sivalingam, Sukhen Dey and Sanjita Khumukchan won gold medals in weightlifting at 2014 CWG. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Sushil Kumar, Amit Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari won gold medal in wrestling at 2014 CWG. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Vikas Gowda clinched a gold medal at discus throw event at the 2014 CWG. (Pic/ AFP) In all, India won 64 medals at the event.
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  • West Indies call of their India Tour mid-way
    India’s home series against the West Indies was supposed to prepare the team for the tough Australia tour, but with the hosts leading 2-1 in the four-match ODI series, the touring side, embroiled in a payment dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players union, called off the remainder of the tour with a Twenty20 and three Test matches still to be played. The BCCI took legal action against the sudden decision as it lost a considerable amount of money, suspending all further tours of the West Indies until further notice and slapped a Rs 250 crore ($40 million) compensation claim on the WICB. (Pic/ PTI)
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  • The 'hitman' creates history
    After the West Indian team called off their tour midway, a hurriedly arranged five-match ODI series with Sri Lanka was arranged. The visitors lost 5-0 and the series. The highlight of the series was, undoubtedly, Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s historic 264 runs in the Kolkata ODI. In the process, the Mumbai batsman went on to break several records. He posted the highest individual score in an ODI eclipsing Virender Sehwag. He also became the only cricketer in ODI history to score two double centuries.
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  • 2011 Cricket World Cup's 'famous five' axed
    Indian selectors announced the preliminary 30-man squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. As part of their endeavour to infuse fresh blood, the selectors shockingly left out five vital players of the 2011 Cup-winning team - Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir.
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  • Sachin Tendulkar releases autobiography
    The year also saw India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar release his autobiography called 'Playing It My Way'. It was embroiled in controversy as it revealed the ‘Little Masters’ version of events during the infamous Greg Chappell's era. (Pic/ AFP)
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  • Knights rise again
    Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab in the final to win their second Indian Premier League crown. Uthappa was the star throughout the series winning the orange cap. (Robin Uthappa. Pic/ PTI)
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  • Super Kings rule over all
    Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders in a mouth-watering final to lift their record-tying second Champions League Twenty20 trophy. Raina was the leading run scorer and was awarded man of the series. (Suresh Raina. Pic/ PTI)
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  • India at Asian Games 2014
    India took home 11 gold medals, 10 silver and 36 bronze at the event. Mary Kom created history to become the first Indian woman to clinch gold at the Asian Games when she won in the 51 kg women’s boxing category. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Sania Mirza had her best season after she won gold and bronze medals at the event with Saketh Myneni and Prarthana Thombare respectively. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Yogeshwar Dutt won a gold in the 65 kg freestyle men’s wrestling. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Men’s squash team beat Malaysia 2-0 in the final to win the gold title. (Pic/ AFP)
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    The Indian kabaddi team went on to grab the ultimate glory at the event with the men’s and women’s teams winning gold in their respective events. (Pic/ PTI)
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    Priyanka Pawar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur, M. R. Poovamma won gold in the 4x400 relay. (Tintu Luka. Pic/ AFP)
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  • Sarita Devi gets knocked out!
    Boxer L Sarita Devi refused her bronze medal during the ceremony after she lost the semifinal to Park Ji-na. Her refusal led to a huge controversy in the boxing world. Later on, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) issued a ban on the boxer. Following her apology to AIBA, the board stayed firm on taking strict action with possibly a long ban to punish her for her act. Recently, the boxer accepted the bronze medal as IOA mentioned. However, this and her unconditional apology may still not be strong enough to save her career in boxing. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Serena Williams won the WTA Tour Championships singles title while Sania Mirza and Cara Black bagged the doubles title. (Pic/ AFP)
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  • British rule at the F1 arena
    Lewis Hamilton won the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to clinch his second Formula One driver’s championship. He finished with 384 points ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg who had 317 points. Mercedes, clinched their first ever F1 constructors title with 701 points. (Pic/ AFP)
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  • Winners yet sinners
    Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India 4-3 in their semi-final encounter of the hockey Champions Trophy tournament. The players then followed that by a wild celebration by dancing and removing their jerseys. They did not stop there and began using foul language and making obscene gestures towards the Indian fans and media. The Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh apologised to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and no further action was taken. The Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh stated that although Pakistan deserved their win, their style of celebration was unacceptable in front of so many families in the crowd. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova win their second Wimbledon titles in the men’s and women’s respectively. They both won their first titles in 2011 Wimbledon. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Stanlislas Wawrinka and Li Na won their first Australian Open titles. Wawrinka won his first ever Grand Slam beating Rafael Nadal in the final. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova win their respective French Open titles. Nadal became the first player to win 5 consecutive French Open titles. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Marin Cilic and Serena Williams win their 2014 US Open titles. This was the first ever title for Cilic. However, Serena won her record-tying 6th UP Open title and 18th Grand Slam respectively. (Pic/ AFP)
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    Rory McIlroy won the 2014 PGA Championship. (Pic/ AFP)
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This year had it all - players tasting success for the first time, records being broken, controversies that marred events and countries achieving glory. We take you through the highlights in the world of sports throughout 2014

First Published: 30 December, 2014 10:13 IST