India is quite a sporty country with millions of amateur and professional athletes. There are some kinds of sports which are the most popular here. They are cricket, football, field hockey, tennis, golf, snooker, horse racing, chess, and Kabaddi. It was in these and some other sports that India gave the world dozens of outstanding athletes. This short review provides their names and some information about these athletes. The material was kindly provided by Global Company — one of the world’s best online bookmakers.

Top 5 Indian sports legends

Over the years there were a lot of stars in Indian sports. However, the brightest of them appeared in the most popular sports, such as cricket, field hockey, tennis, and snooker. Here is the review of Indian Top 5 popular sportsmen and women who represent just these kinds of sport.

Dhyan Chand Bais, Field Hockey, 1905 – 1979

This center forward started his sports career in 1922 in United Provinces amateur team. His results were quite successful and in 1926 he was invited to play for Indian National Team. Two years later he got to the Olympics, where they made a splash. Indians won the golden medals contrary to forecasts. Moreover, Dhyan Chand with his partners won the Olympics in 1932 and 1938. He was even invited to play in 1948 after the Second World War, but the sportsman refused to take part at his 43 years old. This athlete is without a doubt the most popular in the country. It is on his birthday on August 29 that Indians celebrate National Sports Day.

Sachin Tendulkar, Cricket, 1973

This sportsman is considered as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Having started his sports career he represented the hometown team of Mumbai in the Indian Championship and the Indian national team at international competitions for about 22 years. Sachin Tendulkar won a lot of tournaments and got the nickname of Cricket God. Up to 2020 he is the only sportsman in the history with 100 centuries in international matches. Moreover, he was the first batsman to earn double century at One Day International, and the only player to score more than 30,000 wounds in international tournaments.

Milka Singh, Athletics, 1935

This famous sprinter runner went in for sports while serving in the Indian army. During his sports career Singh was the champion of the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Nations Games and of the Asian Games. He represented India at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. Milka awarded the fourth largest civilian award of India by Padma Sri.

Sania Mirza, Tennis, 1986

This 34 years old lady is the most famous Indian professional tennis player. Her career collects such achievements as the #1 ranking of the world in the doubles ranking, winner of six Grand Slam tournaments, and one of the highest paid Indian sportswomen. Indians consider Sania Mirza is a real hero. This is because of her return to the court in 2020 after 2-years maternity break.

Rahul Dravid, Cricket, 1973

Another one cricket player appeared at Top 5 best Indian athletes because of his incredible stats as a batsman. Rahul Dravid was a captain of Indian National team. It was he who became one of the main reasons for the restoration of team status at the international level. Rahul Dravid, as well as all other Top 5 athletes, was awarded the highest national awards and titles.

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