Top 11 Most Famous Sports Athletes in India (Part 2)

Sachin Tendulkar

The most beloved sports player that India has ever seen is also called ‘Little Master’. Despite its short stature and soft-spokenness, on the cricket field, Sachin Tendulkar is a force to be reckoned with. No other cricketer has held so many batting records as he has.

Tendulkar not only won the hearts of fans but also the respect of colleagues. He entered the limelight when he was only 16 years old and for millions of Indians, Tendulkar was not only a hero, he was almost a messiah.

Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. In a country where women’s cricket has very few players, Raj has shown a consistent commitment to the game despite all the odds. She is the highest female goalscorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to have more than 6,000 runs in an international day.

Raj led the Indian team to the finals at this year’s Women’s Cricket World Cup in England. Although they lost in the host country, Raj and their performance made the country stand up and take notice.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand, or Vishy, ​​as he is known as, is not only India’s greatest chess player but he is also considered one of the best in the world. He became the first chess grandmaster of India when he was only 20 years old.

In an intense battle, the five-time world champion lost his crown to Norwegian chess prodigy, Magnus Carlsen, in 2013. Anand was the first recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, sports honor highest in India.

Mary Kom

Mary Kom is the most famous Indian boxer. Hailing from northeastern state of Manipur, Kom is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and a gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships.

Coming from a modest foundation to achieve a lot, Kom has become an inspiration for aspiring sports across the country. In 2014, actor Priyanka Chopra played a boxer in a Bollywood film based on her life.

Top 11 Most Famous Sports Athletes in India (Part 1)

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.

The cricket match between India and Pakistan

India and Pakistan hoped that the first cricket match between the two countries since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks will help improve diplomatic relations between the two neighboring countries, which have a complicated history.

The hopes were lit after Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari received an invitation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to watch the semi-final match between the two countries during the world cricket championship in Mohali city, Punjab state. Cricket is a favorite sport in both India and Pakistan.

The aides said they hope that the match and the opportunity for the two leaders to talk intimately will help improve the tense atmosphere and motivate new negotiations to be conducted.

Although their meeting is described as “unofficial”, it will take place under the most stringent security guarantee ever in a cricket match amid fears of a terrorist attack.

India has declared the skies above the stadium a “no fly zone”. There will be a paramilitary security circle around the stadium and a drone that will operate in the area to monitor.

Earlier this month, Pakistani officials arrested a suspected man planning an attack on the world cricket championship when he arrived in Karachi to catch a flight to Sri Lanka. The memories of the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore still haunt Indian security officials.

High-ranking Pakistani officials said President Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had accepted an invitation from the Indian Prime Minister last Saturday evening after a meeting with the Pakistani Army Commander-in-Chief, General Kiyani.

They hope the leaders will pave the way for negotiations over territorial disputes between the two countries, easing visa regulations for merchants and those over 65.

India-Pakistan relations have been strained since the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which India accuses extremist Pakistanis of being the mastermind. The two neighboring nations have been fighting for three wars since gaining independence from the British colonialists in 1947.