Sports have been always greeted like a special occasion in our Indian culture, being an Indian we have always proud of our sports champions and different trades of sports stars. We can also say we Indians connect well to our sports whether it is from Cricket, hockey, Football, Badminton, or any other sport we have always chased it for and supported in all ways we can.
How a moment can be rid of from our childhood where we use to play in our streets with great participation in cricket sport. Those memories are still being cherished by us while sitting with any of our old friend circles. However, the numbers of newsprint to daily discussions are dedicated to cricket, will definitely assure that cricket has been always a favorite sport among all of us. Even though hockey is our official Indian Sport and football also enjoys a fair degree of popularity but cricket has been always loved the most by Indians. With time a little ratio audience can be seen in a court of other sports as well, like our Indian traditional and Olympics Sports.
Moving ahead, with briefly every sport is blessed with some gems which have been always greeted like a god or stars for the particular sports. So from those pride of stars let’s have our Top 12 Famous Sports Personalities of India who have always contributed at their bests.
1.) Sachin Tendulkar:
Former Master Blaster, Indian captain and greeted a God of Cricket, star cricketer Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has been always regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time in Indian Cricket Team. Sachin Tendulkar was born 24th April 1973, at the age of 11 he was introduced to his dream and he became the youngest test cricketer at the age of 16 years old. He was born to a well-known Marathi novelist, Ramesh Tendulkar at the Nirmal Nursing Home in Dadar Mumbai. Her Mother was also worked in an Insurance Company. He developed an interest in Lawn Tenis and started idolizing John McEnroe. His achievements are just uncountable; he became the first cricketer to score 35 centuries (100 runs in a single inning) in Test play. Sometimes when dreams are bigger you are unstoppable and you forget other valuable achievements, as our Indian little master was keen to just fly all over towards his dreams, and to fulfilling he ignored even his academics. All we can say cricket born to Sachin Tendulkar. With his records we cannot imagine how this God of cricket being contributing but let’s have some highlights of his major expressions of achievements:
- In 1998 he made 1,894 ODI runs, which is a record for the most ODI runs by any batsman in a calendar year.
- Most number of Test runs: 15,921
- Most number in ODI runs 18, 426
- Fastest to 10,000 runs in Test Matches (195 innings-along with Brian Lara (WI) and Kumar Sangakkara (SL).
- Most numbers of centuries in World Cup history
- Most fifties in Tests: 68 and many more records where he always justifies the passion he aimed for.
Currently, he is a member of Indian’s upper house of parliament (Rajya Sabha).
2.) Saina Nehwal:
Moving ahead our next famous sports personality is our Haryana Badminton Player Saina Nehwal, A Girl who breaks the records and makes a remarkable achievement in Badminton sport. Saina Nehwal counted among the world’s top players in women’s badminton and she has won a number of the championship. At the age of her teen-only, she won the Under-19 championships and from there that only she went from strength to strength as she grows her game quickly and started winning major trophies in the professional circuit. This Haryanvi sporty Woman was born on 17TH March 1990 in Hisar Haryana. She has a younger sister and her father worked at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University Haryana. In her education Nehwal passed her high school from St. Anne’s College Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. In her early childhood days, she started his coaching by Nani Prasad because of her keen interest in it. She enters the limelight when she burst the records in Under-19 national championships. She also won the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament two times record.
- Her major achievements; in 2006 she won the Philippines Open Tournament. Also, she won the Indonesia Open in 2009.
- Nehwal won the gold medal in the women’s singles category and rounded off the year with 2010 Indonesia Super Series title.
- In 2014, 26th January Saina also won the singles title at the India Open Grand Prix.
At a very young age, she has been proving herself and setting the records for our upcoming Sports stars. Nehwal also has achieved some good rewards through her quality performances where she just got awards, as she awarded the Arjuna Award in 2009 and a year later, the government of India honored her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor in India. In 2016 she is also awarded the Padma Bhushan.
3.) Vishwanathan Anand:
A five-time winner in chess, this sports star is a Grandmaster and dominated the world of chess for the six years from 2007 to 2013. Vishwanathan Anand a chess champion was born on 11 December 1969, Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu, India. He was born into a Brahmin family, his father; Vishwanathan Iyer worked with Southern Railways, where his mother Susheela was a housewife. We all know the achievers have some inspirations behind their success, although Anand’s mother was a huge fan of chess and taught him to play the game at his very early stage about five to six-year. In 1983 at the age of 14, he won the National Sub-Junior Chess Championship and at age of 16, he becomes the national champion. Her mother supported and motivated him always to build up his career as a chess player. At his early stages only he becomes a very famous chess player. His academics were also being highlighted as more with his championships in his chess career. His major contributions are big in numbers, so let’s have some of his popular and good rewards:
- At age of 18, he became the Indian’s first grandmaster, though he won the World Junior Chess Championship.
- The luckiest year was 2000 when Anand played World Chess Championship and won his first title after several years of near-hits where he beat Alexei Shirov to clinch the World Chess Championship.
- In the year 2013, the defending champion has faced 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen who was the winner of the 2013 candidate’s championship.
Not stopping here the champ is also considered one of the best contemporary chess players in the world. He is a five-time winner of the World Chess Championship and was undisputed World No.1 From 2007 to 2013. He has been awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and In 2007 he was presented the Padma Vibhushan.
4.) Abhinav Bindra
A famous shooter Abhinav Bindra is the most famous Indian Sports Person in India. He has won the gold medal for Olympics in the year 2008. A shooter achieved for himself as the first Indian in shooting the 10 m Air Rifle and winning the Gold Medal. The renowned shooter Abhinav Bindra was born on 28th September 1982 in Dehradun, Indian. He is born in a well-to-do Punjabi Sikh family.
During his academics only and at the age of 15, he participated in the Commonwealth Games. He came in fame when in 2010 he won the Gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle. Being support his parents have been always motivated him and with that interest to encourage in their way they had an indoor shooting range installed at their home in Patiala. His first noticing was when he won the bronze medal in the 2001 Munich World Cup. With this flow after his graph was settled up with several medals in Commonwealth Games over the years and has also won the World Shooting Championship.
Besides, this he is the first Indian to win an Individual gold medal at the Olympic Games. He has been honored with the Arjuna Award in 2000 and with Padma Bhushan.
5.) Sania Mirza:
Our Indian is enlisted with great Sports personalities from divergent sports. In which Sania Mirza is one of the top doubles tennis players in the world. This Tennis star was born in Mumbai on 15th November 1986 where his father was in construction business and mother was also in a printing business. She has a younger sister in her family. At her early age only she was shifted to Hyderabad and there only she started learning Lawn Tennis from her father at the age of six. In her academics, she is graduated but her real call was always to become a professional tennis player.
Her career graph was quite impressive as in 2001 she started playing ITF tournaments and the following year she won three titles. She becomes a professional in 2003 and started playing in major tournaments. She has been regarded as one of the finest doubles players without any doubts.
Mirza Awards and Achievements are remarkable through which she was awarded the Arjuna Award from the government in 2004, also in 2006 she was awarded the Padma Shri and also The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
6.) Dhyan Chand:
Hockey is our official Indian Sport, and this sport also had his gem. With Three Olympic gold medals in hockey, Indian hockey player Dhyan Chand was undoubtedly among the finest sportsmen ever who just grace the game. He was also known as “The Wizard” of his supernatural strokes in a hockey game. He was famous for his tremendous control over the ball and was an expert at dribbling. He was captain of the Indian hockey team. He was offered a German citizenship and the post Colonel in the German Army by Adolf Hitler. Dhyan Chand was born on 29th August 1905 in Allahabad. At age 16, he joined the Indian Army. During his army stint, he started playing hockey seriously. Later, 1922 he started playing in army hockey tournaments.
- From the years 1928, 1932 and 1936 he was the part of Indian hockey teams and that time he won Olympic gold medals for Indian Hockey Team. In his sporting career, he had scored more than, 1,000 goals out of which 400 were international ones.
- He was also honored with Padma Bhushan, also on 29th August on his birthday we celebrate a National Sports Day in India.
7.) Leander Paes
From the tennis Sport, we have a professional tennis player Leander Paes in India. Throughout his career, he won eight doubles and six mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He was born into Goan parents in Kolkata where he was raised. He completed his schooling from La Martiniere and later went to St. Xavier’s College. From an early age he took his profession to be a tennis player, at the age of his five he started his coaching from Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy. He tastes his first success when he won Wimbledon Junior title to become the No. 1 in the junior world ranking.
- With his whole career graph, he played and contributed well to the nation. He becomes a professional in 1991, and the very next he played along with Ramesh Krishnan in the quarterfinals of the doubles event in Barcelona Olympics.
- Leander Paes has rewarded with an astonishing eight doubles and six mixed doubles Grand Slam title wins. He won a bronze medal for India in 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
- He is also has been presented with the Arjuna Award in 1990 for his achievements in Tennis Sport, not only this but he was also honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and Padma Shri award in India.
8.) Mary Kom
Mary Kom is the only woman boxer who represented our nation and also managed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics where she also won a Bronze Medal. The star boxer was born on 1st March 1983 in Kangathei, Manipur, India. She was the eldest of four siblings. She was a great supporter of her family as she managed to secure and took care of her younger siblings and also did worked in the field with her parents to help them. She was a girl with different interests who just use to play a variety of sports like Hockey, football, and athletics, but surprisingly not boxing!
- She got inspired by the Dingko Singh after he won gold at Asian Games in 1988. Her major winnings, the first career win came in 2000 for her, when she won the Best Boxer Award at the First State Level Invitation at the women’s boxing championship in Manipur. She has also won a total of five National Championship held in West Bengal.
- The year 2008, she participated in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championship in India where she won a silver medal.
Moving to her awards and achievements she is the best for being a five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion, a feat which makes her one of the best ever women boxer world ever produced. She has been honored with Padma Shri in 2010 and also Padma Bhushan In 2013. Mary Kom won a Gold Medal in the flyweight category as well in the year 2014.
9.) Yuvraj Singh
How we can miss our nation Cricket another champ Yuvraj Singh an Indian International cricketer, who plays all forms of the game. This star was born on 12th December 1981 in Chandigarh India. He made is cricket debut in March 2003 against New Zealand. He is one of the most popular talented all-rounder and most favorite player in India.
He represented India 304 times till date in ODIs with scoring about 8701 runs at an average. He was also diagnosed with a cancerous tumor, where we have seen his performance during a World Cup 2011 where he was not well; still, he made our nation proud and made us winning that Cup. An evident can be seen included his blood vomiting. That was a historic win for an Indian Cricket team.His achievements and Awards are just like an icing on a cake, our Indian Heartthrob Yuvraj Singh holds the fastest records as T20 fifty by the score it in 12 balls. He was being awarded the Arjuna Award in the year 2012 by the president of India. In 2014 he was also awarded Padma Shri Award.
In the year 2014 February, he was honored with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson Award.
10.) Milkha Singh
Moving to our Indian other sports Leader Milkha Singh also known as “The Flying Sikh” is our former Indian track and field sprinter who was the first Indian male athlete to win an individual athletics gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. This Flying Sikh is highly respected for his sporting achievements. Milkha Singh was born on 20th November 1929, Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, Pakistan into a Sikh Rathore Rajput Family. During the partition in India, he was still a teenager, he also witnessed the killings of his parent’s several siblings before his eyes. By winning several Gold medals in international sporting events like Commonwealth Games and Asian Games he made his motherland proud. Throughout his career, it wasn’t easy for him to achieve all these achievements, as he tried to join army thrice initially where he was rejected, however, finally he got selected in his fourth attempt. In the year, 1951, he was posted at the Electrical Mechanical Engineering Centre in Secunderabad and that’s he was introduced at athletics.
The living in a rural place a young Milkha Singh had a habit of running the 10km distance to reach his school. Realizing later, that he had the potential to become the best at he started training five hours daily, often in running on terrains or Hills. He was also chosen to represent India in the 200m and 400m races in Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games.
His achievements and awards are like in the year 1958 he won his major events.
- The flying Sikh Milkha Singh also won the Gold Medals in 200m and 400m competitions at the Asian Games and Gold at the 440 yards event in Commonwealth Games.
- In 1959, he was given Padma Shri for his glorious achievements in the field of Sport.
- Our nation proud sports soul has donated his medals to the nation which were displayed at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
11.) Sushil Kumar
The young freestyle wrestler of our nation who became the first Indian to win back to back individual Olympic medals, Sushil Kumar won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Wrestler star was born on 26th May 1983, Baprola village, located in the outskirts of New Delhi.
At the age of 14, Sushil Kumar training as the wrestler at the ‘akhada’, one of his trainer was the famous wrestler Satpal. In 1998 he won his first tournament when he emerged as the gold medal winner at the World Cadet Games. Later Two years, he went on to win the gold medal yet again at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship.
His awards and achievements made him one of the popular sportsperson in Indian. He was bestowed with the highest sporting honor in India, in the year 2008 with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Also in the year 2011, he was honored with Padma Shri. Unlike other wrestlers of the past, Sushil Kumar is also a popular personality and endorses plenty of products. He is India’s popular best ever freestyle wrestlers and the great role model who has inspired many youngsters to take up the wrestling sport.
12.) Bhaichung Bhutia
Lastly, how can we forget a star from the sports world of our frequently getting popular Football these days? Bhaichung Bhutia is a retired Indian footballer of the Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who played as a striker. This striker born on 15th December 1976, Tinkitam, the man who made us fall in love with Indian Football.
It was quite hard to find ever to move beyond cricket. However, Bhaichung Bhutia managed that and changes that for us. He is that one player, or we can say a warrior, who made a mark in a game. He carved a special place for himself and achieved to set a record in Indian football’s history. Coming from a small village Tinkitam, Sikkim, it was never easy for him a long way like a star that marked the goals in football. At the age of 9, he received the scholarship at the Tashi Namgyal Academy, Gangtok. He impressed everyone over there by his football strokes including former Indian Bhaskar Ganguly.
In 1997 back to East Bengal, that time he created the history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick in the hotly contested derby against arch-rivals Mohun Bagan.
The year 2008 where the AFC Challenge Cup, enabled India to compete for the Asia Cup for the first time since 1984 and also winning the SAFF Championships thrice, was the most successful era where Indian team led.
Even after he retired, his commitment toward Indian football was unquestionable. He worked as a manager with United Sikkim; also in Delhi, he started a school, where 30% of the children are from the underprivileged sections of the society.