While all eyes will be on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and how Indian athletes fare in the mother of all competitions, the year ahead will also be about looking at sportspersons who have made a mark in 2019 and will look to continue in the same vein at the start of the new decade.
Shreyas Iyer (cricket)
Shreyas Santosh Iyer is an Indian cricketer, who plays for India in international cricket, Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. A right-handed top-order batsman, Iyer has played One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals for the India national cricket team.
Saurabh Chaudhary (shooting)
Saurabh Chaudhary is an Indian sport shooter. He won the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in 10 m Air Pistol. He was the youngest Indian gold medalist at the Asian Games. He had earlier won gold medals and set a new junior world record in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany.
Vinesh Phogat (wrestling)
Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful family of wrestlers, with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari being international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games.
Amit Panghal (boxing)
Amit Panghal is an Indian amateur boxer. He won a silver medal at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in the Flyweight division. His consistency can only be matched by the legendary MC Mary Kom. The boxer shied from 48kg to 51kg but that too did not dampen his spirits as the 23-year-old fetched. India its first-ever silver at the men’s world championships. Panghal’s 2019 gold rush began in the tournament, which was also his last competition in the 49kg category. Since moving to 52kg, he won gold at the Asian Championships and is a bright prospect going into Tokyo 2020.
G Sathiyan (table tennis)
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran is an Indian table tennis player, ranked at 30 in the world as of January 2020. He was a member of the Indian team that took the bronze in the 2011 Junior World Championships. G Sathiyan has become India’s highest-ranked player in the latest International Table Tennis Federation rankings.