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.