A looks at the greatest sports comebacks
It was an extraordinary and surreal Sunday for golf as Tiger Woods came back to clinch his fifth green jacket ending a 11-year championship drought with his victory at The 2019 Masters Golf Tournament!
Woods made an exceptional comeback following years of surgeries and a fair share of personal problems. The win gave him his 15th title and puts him three away from the all-time leader Jack Nicklaus.
The sporting field is not kind to champions, staying on top of their games and retaining the number one position is no walk in the park. From injuries to age to tough competition, making a come back tests a sportsman’s grit to its penultimate. Here’s a look and an ode to the biggest comebacks in sporting history.
After dropping to world number seventeen and missing out on the last six months of 2016 due to a knee injury, Roger Federer arrived at the Australian open in 2017 with minimal expectations. He ended his five-year barren run at Melbourne Park beating his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in the finals. It handed Federer a record-extending 18th grand slam title. He has since won two more majors to take his haul to 20.
The American tennis champion had dropped to 141st rank in the world at the end of 1997 but two years later he came back to reclaim his world number one position that included his victory in the 1999 French.
The Indian Cricket Team
They were down at out during their second test in Kolkata in 2001. The Australian team was up 1-0 in the series and held a 274 lead run in the second test. Waugh seemed to have dampened the host’s spirits and India had slumped to 115-3 in the second innings. However, a remarkable 281 by VVS Laxman and 180 by Rahul Dravid steered India to an exhilarating 171-run victory. India went on to win the series 2-1.
Trailing by three goals at halftime against favourites AC Milan in the Champions League final, Liverpool scored three goals in a dramatic six-minute span to draw level. They then went on to win their fifth European Cup by defeating the Italians 3-2 on penalties.
The England Cricket Team
England was 1-0 down in the Ashes series after two tests in the Ashes series. With the odds of 500:1 against England midway through their second innings, Ian Botham struck 149 not out and Bob Willis added his 8 wicket haul for 43 to pull off the unimaginable! England went on to win the series 3-1.It went on to be nicknamed as Botham’s Ashes.
Singing off with a quote from the legend of comebacks, “No matter how good you get, you can always get better and that’s the exciting part” – Tiger Woods.