Gone are those days when ‘the feeling of pride’ in the parents’ puffed-up chests used to be the most endorsed boy’s giveaway. But now, the accolades of our ‘daughters’ have pretty much transformed the shackled Indian minds, with many, still to modify.
Here are those sportswomen whose mention throughout the globe is a tribute to our nation while an urge to every father who, till date discern male from female.
- Saina Nehwal, a cream of crop in the world of badminton that none of the ears must be unheard of. This 25 years old lady is the first woman to have touched the first rank in Badminton, is the daughter of our nation.
- Sania Mirza, 28, holds third rank in doubles WTA rankings. Hallelujah! She made it happen after years, repeating the wonderful history created 15 years back, by Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
- Saba Anjum, a former outstanding hockey player had her presence in the 2010 Commonwealth game team, the team which grasped gold for the country.
- Mithali Raj, a player of the most-loved sports Cricket, is the first woman, not only of India, but Asia too, to score a double hundred in Tests. The highest score in Women’s Tests-214 against England, 2002 was this all-rounder who hails from Rajasthan.
- PV Sindhu, a trainer at Hyderabad’s Gopichand Badminton Academy is a mere 19 years old girl to have had India won a medal in World Badminton Championship for the first time. She got India’s fourth highest civilian honor Padma Shri awarded on 30 March 2015.
- Arunima Sinha, who underwent a mishap of being pushed out from the running train, had to sacrifice her leg to fight off thieves. Yes, she, the ‘turned amputee’ climbed Mount Everest. The first Indian amputee whose appreciation in any form would sound belittled.
- Heena Sidhu, Patiala girl, is a top-notch shooter from India. Having had her hands on a gold medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup Finals (10 meter Air pistol event) upped her to World No. 1.
- Geeta Phogat, who budged not under her family’s discouragement for her manly choice of wrestling, until she harnessed a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
The time has come where daughters walk shoulder to shoulder with the boys, rather better. There are many such Saina and Sania, yet to come and do us proud.