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Year 2019

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Published on December 30, 2019 with No Comments

  • Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., made history when she became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title, beating Serena Williams in the final. Bianca  was awarded the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy.
  • Two months after Andreescu’s historic win, Canada reached the final of the revamped Davis Cup competition in Madrid. Canada was ranked 14 th among the 18 competing nations, but upset Italy, the United States, Australia and Russia before losing to host Spain, which was led by world No. 2 Rafael Nadal.
  • Canada finished with three men in the top 100 in the ATP rankings.
  • The Toronto Raptors win their first NBA championship in the 2019 NBA Finals, the first time a Canadian team won the NBA championship.
  • Longtime hockey analyst Don Cherry was fired from Hockey Night in Canada.
  • Finland won the gold medal match of the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (which began 26 December 2018)
  •  England winning Cricket World Cup 2019 -The World Cup 2019 was surely the biggest event of the year. It was hosted in England and Wales with  ten participant teams. As many as 2.6 billion people around the world watched the World Cup, making it the most-watched cricket competition as of 2019.
  • Hat-tricks galore for India: 2019 has been a year of hat-tricks for India as four different players claimed a hat-trick in International Cricket this year. Mohammed Shami took the first during the World Cup while Jasprit Bumrah took in the Test series in West Indies. Later in November, Deepak Chahar claimed a hat-trick in a T20I game and also registered the best ever T20I figures in Men’s cricket. In the ODI series against West Indies, Kuldeep Yadav took his 2nd ODI hat-trick and became the first-ever Indian with two hat-tricks.

·        A double century in almost every home Test: As many as four individual double centuries were recorded across five home Test matches played by India this year. Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma  scored a double ton in Vizag, Pune and Ranchi respectively during the 3-match Test series against South Africa. Thus, India became the first team to record 200s in each Test of a 3-match series. Mayank hit a double century in India’s following Test against Bangladesh in Indore. Thus, India became the first side to have a double hundred in four consecutive Test matches.

·        Consecutive innings victories: One of the special things about India’s successful home series in Test cricket was the margins by which they won. They beat South Africa in Pune and Ranchi by innings & 137 runs and innings & 202 runs respectively to complete a whitewash. Later, in the Indore Test, India defeated Bangladesh by innings & 130 runs and secured an innings & 137-run win in Kolkata which was marked to be India’s first-ever day-night Test. With that, India became the first team in the history of Test cricket to win four consecutive Tests by an innings margin.

·        A record in declarations: India declared seven consecutive innings in Test

  • Rohit Sharma ended up as the highest run-getter in ODIs. Rohit made 1490 runs in 28 ODIs at 57.30 with seven hundreds and six fifties. Kohli came second with 1377 runs from 26 matches at 59.86 with five centuries and seven fifties.
  • India pacers had a wonderful year in series away and home. Among them, Mohammed Shami stood head and shoulder above others in the pack. In Test cricket, he took 33 wickets from eight Tests at 16.55 with a best of 5 for 33. Ishant Sharma (25), Umesh Yadav (23), Ravindra Jadeja (21) and R Ashwin (20) came behind him in the list. But in ODIs, Shami was the leading wicket-taker in the world with 42 wickets from 21 matches four wickets ahead of New Zealand’s Trent Boult.
  • Pakistani cricket team cheered the fans with a historic win on the homecoming test match series against Sri Lanka after 13 years. Where the test match series marked the return of international cricket in Pakistan.
  • Indian Athlete Dutee Chand became the first Indian athlete to reveal a same-sex relationship. She was also named in the TIME 100 NEXT, which spotlights 100 rising stars shaping the future in various fields. 
  • PV Sindhu, the star of Indian badminton, celebrated another year of conquering new feats. She became the first Indian to win gold at the World Championships. She was also named in the Forbes list of Highest Paid Female Athletes in the World. Sindhu is India’s highest paid female athlete and ranks 13th in the world for her earnings this year. 
 

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