In a country obsessed with a single sport, cricket, the achievements of other game players are often overlooked. But in addition to world-class scammers, India has produced some of the best sports and women of all sports, from hockey to tennis and wrestling. These individuals deserve credit, not only to win trophies and medals for the country but also to popularize sports, repeatedly cornered by cricket. Here are the most famous Indian athletes and women you should know.
1. Dhyan Chand
With the popularity of cricket in India, it’s hard to guess that hockey is India’s national sport. There was a time when India dominated international hockey circuits and Dhyan Chand was the center of all these victories. He helped India win three Olympic gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Nicknamed the “Wizard” for his exceptional goal-scoring skills, Dhyan Chand is still considered the best athlete ever played.
2. Saina Nehwal
In 2015, Saina Nehwal became the only Indian female badminton player to achieve the number one position in the world. In fact, she is only the second Indian to have achieved this achievement. Prakash Padukone was ranked No. 1 in 1980. She won the 21 international title and bronze medal at the Olympics.
3. Milkha Singh
Milkha Singh, also known as ‘Flying Sikh’, is India’s most famous sprinter and one of the country’s first sporting icons. Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. He won the top prize in the 400-meter competition in 1958. Singh was separated from his family and orphaned in the Indian and Pakistan partitions in 1947.
During his time, he had but few resources to support him. assisting himself as an athlete, which makes Singh’s achievement even more admirable. He is said to have become disillusioned with life and considered to be a dacoit but joined the Indian army instead and brought glory to the country.