India’s World Cup campaign came to an end after they lost the semi-final match against New Zealand by 18 runs on July 10. In a stunning top-order collapse, India were reduced to 24 for four while chasing a modest 240 at Old Trafford in Manchester. MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) fought back and stitched a superb 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
But don’t lose heart, these 4 Indian sportspersons are making India proud:
1. Hima Das
Under-20 World champion quarter-miler Hima Das won the women’s 200m gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. Her first competitive race of the year, Das clocked only 0.55 seconds over her personal best despite struggling with a back problem. She topped it with a second international gold in women 200m at Kutno Athletics Meet.
2. Dutee Chand
Dutee Chand became the first Indian athlete to win gold in women’s 100-metre sprint at World University Games in Naples, Italy. This was also the first time an Indian qualified for the 100-metre final in the history of University Games.
3. Mirabai Chanu
Former world champion Mirabai Chanu led the Indian medal rush by notching up gold on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship. The Indian contingent won 13 medals on Day 1, including eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories.
4. Sunil Chhetri
For the second time in a year, Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi to become the second-highest goalscorer among active players in international football. The 34-year-old achieved the feat against Tajikistan in the opening match of the Intercontinental Cup 2019. He now has 70 goals for India and is second to Cristiano Ronaldo who has 88 goals in his name for Portugal while Argentina’s Messi stands third at 68 goals.