The night of awards is here, it’s the time when the best of the work in sports from 2017 is appraised and recognized. Yesterday, one of the most popular awards of our nation Mahindra Scorpio TOISA (Times of India Sports Awards) 2018 took place at Mumbai in which the best sportsmen and teams were awarded.
The Prestigious Awards
Amongst the most prestigious awards, the Men’s Hockey Team emerged as the Team of the Year at TOISA.
Team of the Year
— Times of India (@timesofindia) February 26, 2018
Well, it was a proud moment for all the hockey players and hockey fans around the nation as the Men’s Hockey Team overshadow other popular sports of our nation.
The Indian Men’s Hockey Team which is voted as the Team of the year at TOISA last night as per jury’s choice was competing against a way more popular sport like cricket.
The other nominees for the title were:
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team (won the Asia Cup),
The Women’s Cricket Team (made it to the finals of ICC Women’s World Cup)
The Men’s Cricket Team (had the most successful year in Indian cricket history, ranked No 1 in Tests and ODI)
The Men’s Football Team (unbeaten for 13 straight matches)
The Winners’ Achievements:
You may wonder what makes the Indian National Men’s Hockey Team emerge as the winner of the Team of the Year award. So, let us tell you what made them the winners of the prestigious prize.
Under Manpreet Singh’s brilliant leadership skills, the status of Indian Hockey Team has risen in a past couple of years. Last year, the Indian Team clinched the Asia Cup title after beating a strong opposition like Malaysia by 2-1 in the finals. Moreover, they added a bronze medal to the honor of India at Hockey World League Final and the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.
The Jury’s Choice
The Jury Members included some recognized established players from different sports including the country’s most capped player, Bhaichung Bhutia.
Bhaichung Bhutia’s views on awarding the men’s hockey team the award was that “If you look at Indian hockey over the past three years, the men’s team has been on an upswing. The facelift which hockey has seen is almost entirely because of the men’s team. The Asia Cup title was a very proud moment for India,” he said.
Hockey Players of the Year
The Manpreet led Hockey Squad lifted the Team of the year and undeniably, the captain deserved some good recognition for the same.
The voters saw it and Manpreet Singh was awarded the Hockey Player of the Year (People’s Choice). A proud moment for Indian Hockey fans and another highlight of yesterday’s event was seeing Indian Men’s Hockey Team defender Harmanpreet Singh getting the Hockey Player of the year (Jury’s Choice).
Alongside Harmanpreet, Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s Goalkeeper Savita was also honored with the Hockey Player of the year award.
It’s good to see finally people started recognizing sports apart from cricket and undoubtedly, this will put a positive effect in pulling Indian youngsters interest towards these sports. Hockey India felt proud of this achievement of Indian Hockey Team and expressed it via posting:
Other Awardees of the Event
Indian Men’s Badminton star, Kidambi Srikanth claims the top prize of the event, Sportsperson of the Year award at the third Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Awards (TOISA).
Sports fan, presenting this year’s @MahindraScorpio #TOISA2018 Sportsperson of the Year – the record-setting @srikidambi who in 2017 won four Superseries titles. Tonight, he bags the top prize at the awards. #EveryDropCounts
— Times of India (@timesofindia) February 26, 2018
Kidambi Srikanth who is currently the World No.3 has taken his game to a whole other level last year. A scrutiny on each and every nominee was conducted by the jury member including some popular sports names of our country Abhinav Bindra, Bhaichung Bhutia, Devendra Jhajharia, Reeth Abraham and Gautam Gambhir before choosing Srikanth as the Sportsperson of the Year.
“Four world titles in a year are impossible to overlook, and when you consider that no Indian badminton player had achieved that before, Srikanth deserves every accolade possible,” said TOISA jury chairman, Bindra.
“He soared to number two in the world and is truly a big achievement and one that Indians should be proud of.”
Some other awardees of the event are as follow:
COACH OF THE YEAR: Anil Kumble
MENTOR OF THE YEAR: Pullela Gopichand
INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR: Indian women’s cricket team
EMERGING PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anish Bhanwala
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Vijay Amritraj
CHANGE AGENT: Madhya Pradesh
PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Varun Bhati
ARCHER OF THE YEAR: Abhishek Verma
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: G Lakshmanan
BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): Kidambi Srikanth & PV Sindhu
BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Amjyot Singh Gill
BILLIARDS/SNOOKER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Pankaj Advani
BOXER OF THE YEAR: Gaurav Bidhuri
CHESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Harika Dronavalli
CRICKETER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): Jasprit Bumrah & Harmanpreet Kaur
FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Ajeetesh Sandhu
HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): Harmanpreet Singh & Savita Punia
KABADDI PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Pardeep Narwal
SHOOTER OF THE YEAR (MALE & FEMALE): Ankur Mittal & Heena Sidhu
SQUASH PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Saurav Ghosal
TABLE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sathiyan Gnansekaran
TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rohan Bopanna
WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR: Saikhom Mirabai Chanu