Famous Indian Sportspersons

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A baby-faced batsman entered the world of cricket at the age of sixteen and soon changed the face of the game with his exploits with the bat. It was India’s Sachin Tendulkar. When the world almost walked out India for ever winning a yellow metal in an individual event at Olympics, Abhinav Bindra hit the gold at point blank! Post-independence, when the world buzzed at how India crumbled to stand on its own feet, a ‘Flying Sikh’ showed the world that India could not just stand upright but run swiftly – it was the country’s first sports superstar athlete Milkha Singh. Leander Paes, India’s tennis sensation, is the best paradigm for the phrase ‘Age is no limit’. At 41, this old guard became the oldest man to win a Grand slam! In men-dominated sports, one woman had the courage to fight it out. It was boxing legend, five times world champion and Olympic bronze medallist MC Mary Kom. The national game of the country, Hockey may have its highs, but none can be more gratifying than the final match against Netherlands at the 1952 Olympics when Balbir Singh Sr scored a record five goals! He still holds the record for most number of goals scored by an individual in an Olympics’ men hockey final. Do you still need more? If yes, then check this segment and find out about Indian sporting legends, their life and their works.
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Rohit Sharma
(Cricketer)
Rohit Sharma
46
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagpur

Indian right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma is also the vice-captain in the limited-overs format. One of the few cricketers to score a century in all three formats, he is also the first player with two ODI double centuries. He is WWF-India’a Rhino Ambassador and works for PETA’s campaigns for street animals.

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Virat Kohli
(Indian International Cricketer Who is Considered as One of the Greatest Batsmen of All Time)
Virat Kohli
111
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is the former captain of Indian national cricket team. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket rose to great heights and he is the most successful Indian Test captain till date. He shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Virat Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

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M. S. Dhoni
(Cricketer)
M. S. Dhoni
41
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Former Indian international cricketer M. S. Dhoni captained the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016. He played as a right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. With more than 10,000 runs scored, he is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

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Sachin Tendulkar
(Cricketer)
Sachin Tendulkar
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Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Often referred to as the God of Cricket in India, Sachin Tendulkar is a retired cricketer. Also known for his humility on and off the field, Sachin is one of the most revered, celebrated, and decorated cricketers. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar played a key role in turning India into a cricket-frenzy nation.

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P. V. Sindhu
(The First and Only Indian to Become the Badminton World Champion)
P. V. Sindhu
66
Birthdate: July 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

P. V. Sindhu is an Indian badminton player. In 2016, she won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian woman to receive an Olympic silver. Sindhu became a national icon following her performance in the 2016 Olympics. In January 2020, she was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

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Kapil Dev
(Cricketer)
Kapil Dev
16
Birthdate: January 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Kapil Dev is a former Indian all-rounder who captained India to its first Cricket World Cup win, in 1983. He started his career at 16, playing for Haryana. Wisden’s Indian Cricketer of the Century became the first cricketer to take 400 Test wickets and also scored 5,000 Test runs
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Viswanathan Anand
(First Indian Chess Grandmaster and Five-Time World Chess Champion)
Viswanathan Anand
5
Birthdate: December 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess player and former world champion. The first grandmaster from India, Anand is also one of the few chess players to have gone past an Elo rating of 2800, only the fourth player in history to do so. Renowned for his quick moves, Anand is widely regarded as the greatest rapid player of our time.

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Saina Nehwal
(The First Indian Badminton Player to Have Won an Olympic Medal)
Saina Nehwal
57
Birthdate: March 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hisar, Haryana, India

A former world no.1, Saina Nehwal holds the feat of being the only Indian female player and overall the second Indian player to achieve this ranking. She is the first Indian female to have bagged in an Olympic medal in badminton. She was also awarded India's third highest civillian award, the Padma Bhushan.

 

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Sania Mirza
(Indian Professional Tennis Player and a Former Doubles World No. 1)
Sania Mirza
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Birthdate: November 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

An impressive doubles tennis player, Sania Mirza has six Grand Slam titles under her belt. A former doubles world No. 1, Sania Mirza is one of the greatest Indian female  tennis players ever. In 2005, Sania Mirza was named in Time magazine's 50 Heroes of Asia list. In 2016, she was named in the magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Dhyan Chand
(One of the Greatest Field Hockey Players in History)
Dhyan Chand
17
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3, 1979

Known as The Magician of field hockey, Dhyan Chand, one of the greatest hockey players from India, is remembered for his three Olympic gold medals and for his ability to control the ball. The Padma Bhushan awardee initially loved wrestling but deviated to hockey after joining the army.

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Yuvraj Singh
(Former Indian International Cricketer Who Hit Six Sixes in One Over in a T20 Match)
Yuvraj Singh
12
Birthdate: December 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

Yuvraj Singh is an Indian retired cricket player who was noted for his exceptional fielding abilities and aggressive stroke play. Considered one of India's greatest limited-overs players, Yuvraj Singh helped India win the 2011 World Cup with his all-round abilities. He also serves as an inspiration to cancer patients as he fought cancer amidst his career and made his international comeback.

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Sunil Gavaskar
(Cricketer)
Sunil Gavaskar
10
Birthdate: July 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Sunil Gavaskar is an Indian former professional cricket player who represented the national team during the 1970s and 1980s. Considered one of the greatest batsmen in Test cricket history, Sunil Gavaskar was the first batsman to score over 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He also set many world records and held the record for most Test centuries for nearly 20 years.

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Sandeep Singh
(Indian Field Hckey Player)
Sandeep Singh
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Birthdate: February 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahabad Markanda, Haryana

Sandeep Singh is an Indian field hockey player who led the Indian team in the 2009 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup where his team defeated Malaysia in the finals. Singh also helped his team win a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2010. His life inspired the 2018 biographical film Soorma.

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Mohammad Azharuddin
(Former Indian International Cricketer Who Played as a Batsman)
Mohammad Azharuddin
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Birthdate: February 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Mohammad Azharuddin, also known as Azhar, was the captain of the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s. He made headlines for his affair with actor-model Sangeeta Bijlani, which later culminated in marriage. He was later banned from cricket for match-fixing. He also became an Indian National Congress MP.
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Milkha Singh
(Indian track and field athlete)
Milkha Singh
9
Birthdate: November 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, India
Died: June 18, 2021

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

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Mithali Raj
(Cricketer)
Mithali Raj
9
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jodhpur
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Mary Kom
(Indian Amateur Boxer and the Only Boxer to Win Eight World Championship Medals)
Mary Kom
6
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kangathei, Manipur, India
Indian boxing legend Mary Kom, known as “Magnificent Mary,” is the only female to win the World Amateur Boxing championship six times. She has won golds at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and an Olympic bronze, too. The Padma Vibhushan-winner is also a Rajya Sabha member.
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Rahul Dravid
(Cricketer)
Rahul Dravid
9
Birthdate: January 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore

Nicknamed The Wall for his resilient batting in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid was known for his unmatched concentration. He was selected for the Indian cricket squad while pursuing his MBA. Apart from winning the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, he has also been named to the ICC Hall of Fame.

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Sourav Ganguly
(Former Indian National Cricket Team Captain and 39th President of the 'BCCI')
Sourav Ganguly
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Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Behala, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Considered India's most successful Test captain, legendary cricketer Sourav Ganguly, nicknamed Maharaj, was also arguably one of the best one-day batsmen of his time. Also known as the God of the Off Side, he now heads the BCCI as its president. He was initially also a talented footballer.

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Shikhar Dhawan
(Cricketer)
Shikhar Dhawan
7
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian cricket player and one of the most important members of the current Indian cricket team. Known for his successful innings in ICC Tournaments, Dhawan helped India win their second ICC Champions Trophy, in 2013; he was the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He has also been an important player in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Ravichandran Ashwin
(Cricket all-rounder)
Ravichandran Ashwin
8
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

One of the best all-rounders of the Indian cricket team, Ravichandran Ashwin is best known for popularizing the soduku ball technique. He is also the only bowler apart from Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis to bowl the carrom ball. The Arjuna Award winner is the son of a Chennai-based cricketer.

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Anil Kumble
(Cricketer)
Anil Kumble
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Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Suresh Raina
(Cricketer)
Suresh Raina
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Birthdate: November 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh

Known for his aggressive batting, Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is also a phenomenal fielder. He was part of India’s 2011 World Cup squad and became the first Indian cricketer with a century in all forms of international cricket. He retired in 2020 but will continue to play IPL matches.

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Sunil Chhetri
(Indian footballer who plays as a forward and captain of the India national team.)
Sunil Chhetri
7
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Secunderabad, Telangana, India
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Virender Sehwag
(Cricketer)
Virender Sehwag
5
Birthdate: October 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi

Born to a flour mill owner, Virender Sehwag convinced his family to let him learn cricket since he wasn’t good in academics. He later grew up to be an aggressive batsman, breaking many records. He’s one of two people with a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test cricket.

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The Great Khali
(Indian Professional Wrestler and Actor)
The Great Khali
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Birthdate: August 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dhiraina, Himachal Pradesh, India
The Great Khali, with a towering height of 7’ 1”, was named the 8th-tallest professional wrestler in history, in 2014. He was earlier a Punjab Police officer. He became the first Indian-born winner of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and has also appeared in several Hollywood and Bollywood films.
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Leander Paes
(One of the Greatest Doubles Players in Tennis History)
Leander Paes
5
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Leander Paes is an Indian tennis player who has the most doubles wins in the history of Davis Cup. With 10 mixed doubles and eight doubles Grand Slam titles under his belt, Paes is one of the most successful Indian tennis players of all time. Paes is the recipient of India's highest sporting honor, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

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Harbhajan Singh
(Cricketer)
Harbhajan Singh
10
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab

Harbhajan Singh is an Indian professional cricket player. He was part of Indian cricket teams which won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Renowned for his aggressive persona and style of play, Harbhajan Singh is considered one of the greatest Indian off-spin bowlers of all time. In 2009, he was honored with the Padma Shri award. 

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Dinesh Karthik
(Cricketer)
Dinesh Karthik
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Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik initially played for the Tamil Nadu youth teams and then made his Indian cricket-team debut in 2004. He has also captained the IPL team KKR and has appeared on the reality show Ek Khiladi Ek Hasina. He is now married to squash player Dipika Pallikal.
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Jasprit Bumrah
(Indian cricketer)
Jasprit Bumrah
5
Birthdate: December 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ahmedabad

Jasprit Bumrah is an Indian international cricketer who plays in all formats of the game for the Indian national cricket team. A right-arm fast bowler, he began his career playing first-class cricket and gained international attention after playing brilliantly on his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut. He is considered one of the fastest Indian bowlers of all time. 

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Gautam Gambhir
(Cricketer)
Gautam Gambhir
9
Birthdate: October 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi
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Ravindra Jadeja
(Indian Cricketer Who Represents Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League)
Ravindra Jadeja
8
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
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Neeraj Chopra
(Javelin Thrower)
Neeraj Chopra
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Birthdate: December 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Panipat district, Haryana, India

Indian javelin sensation Neeraj Chopra created history by becoming the second Indian individual Olympic gold medalist and the first from the track-and-field category. Once an obese kid, he took up sports to lose weight. Now a glamor icon, too, he has bagged several modeling offers and a Vogue cover, too.

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Jwala Gutta
(Arjuna Award-Winning Indian Badminton Star)
Jwala Gutta
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Birthdate: September 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra, India

A 2-time Olympian, Indian badminton star Jwala Gutta was born to a Chinese mother and an Indian father and began training under Padma Shri-winning coach S. M. Arif at age 6. She is an 8-time South Asian Games gold medalist and a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner.

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Prakash Padukone
(Former Indian Badminton Player Who Became the First Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championships)
Prakash Padukone
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Birthdate: June 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Arjuna Award- and Padma Shri-winning Indian badminton player and former world number 1, Prakash Padukone was the first to win the All-England Open Badminton Championship from India. A World Cup and Commonwealth Games champion, he co-owns Olympic Gold Quest. He is also known as Bollywood star Deepika Padukone’s father.

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Ravi Shastri
(cricketer)
Ravi Shastri
7
Birthdate: May 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai
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Shreyas Iyer
(Indian cricketer)
Shreyas Iyer
9
Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai
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Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
(Former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
9
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bhopal, India
Died: September 22, 2011

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was an Indian cricket player. Entrusted with the responsibility of captaining the Indian cricket team, at the age of 21, Pataudi went on to become one of the greatest Indian cricket captains of all time. Also known for his fielding abilities, he was described by many as the best fielder in the world during his playing career.

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Pullela Gopichand
(The Second Indian to Win the All England Open Badminton Championship)
Pullela Gopichand
11
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India

The second Indian badminton player to win the All-England Open Badminton Championships, Indian badminton star Pullela Gopichand now coaches the Indian national team. He was 11 when he began playing the sport. An Asian Championship bronze winner, he has been awarded countless honors, such as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Bhushan.

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Mohammed Shami
(Cricketer)
Mohammed Shami
4
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amroha
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Shubman Gill
(Cricketer)
Shubman Gill
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Birthdate: September 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fazilka, Punjab
Shubman Gill initially played Ranji Trophy matches for Punjab. As the vice-captain of the Under-19 team, he became the Player of the Tournament at the ICC U-19 World Cup. He has captained the India A team and became the youngest Indian batsman to score a 200 in a first-class game.
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Ajinkya Rahane
(Cricketer)
Ajinkya Rahane
4
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashwi KD, Maharashtra

Indian right-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane started his first-class career representing Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. He is the current vice-captain of the Indian national Test cricket team. He has also represented the IPL teams Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. He was the 2015-2015 CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year.

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Abhinav Bindra
(Sport shooter)
Abhinav Bindra
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
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Prithvi Shaw
(Cricketer)
Prithvi Shaw
7
Birthdate: November 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thane, Maharashtra
Prithvi Shaw led Under-19 Indian cricket team to win the 2018 Under-19 World Cup. He is the second-youngest Indian to score a Test century, after Sachin Tendulkar. He scored centuries in both his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts. He was banned for failing a dope test in 2019.
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Hardik Pandya
(Indian cricketer)
Hardik Pandya
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Birthdate: October 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Surat

Born to a small-time businessman in Surat, Hardik Pandya moved to Vadodara with his family at 5, so that he could avail of better cricket coaching facilities. A talented all-rounder, he is known for his fiery on-field personality. He has also been a major part of the IPL team Mumbai Indians.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is an Indian cricket player who plays predominantly as a bowler for the Indian cricket team. One of the few players to excel in all formats of cricket, Kumar became the first Indian to achieve a five-wicket haul in all three formats in 2018. BhuvneshwarvKumar is also an important member for Sunrisers Hyderabad of the Indian Premier League.

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Geeta Phogat
(Wrestler)
Geeta Phogat
11
Birthdate: December 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Balali, Haryana, India
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Vijender Singh
(Professional Boxer and the First Indian Boxer to Win an Olympic Medal)
Vijender Singh
4
Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kaluwas, Haryana, India

Indian star boxer Vijender Singh has won several medals for his country, including a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The son of a bus driver, he had started training in boxing to improve his family’s financial condition. He had an unbeaten run till he eventually lost to Russia’s Artysh Lopsan in 2021.

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S. Sreesanth
(Cricketer)
S. Sreesanth
8
Birthdate: February 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kothamangalam
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P. T. Usha
(Athletics competitor)
P. T. Usha
3
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Payyoli

Considered one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced, P. T. Usha is often called the Queen of Indian track and field. She has won 14 gold medals throughout her illustrious career. She missed out on the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics by a hundredth of a second.