Famous Indian Sportspersons

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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 1 Virat Kohli

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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is presently the captain of Indian national cricket team. A cricket lover, he started training while still young and shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

 2 Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

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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 3 M. S. Dhoni

M. S. Dhoni
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

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.

 4 Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya
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Famous As: Indian cricketer
Birthdate: October 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 5 Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal
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Famous As: Indian Badminton Star
Birthdate: March 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

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.

 

 6 Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza
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Famous As: Indian Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

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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 7 Mohammad Azharuddin

Mohammad Azharuddin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
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 8 Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

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.

 10 Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 11, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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 11 Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin
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Famous As: cricketer
Birthdate: September 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 12 Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

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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 13 Vidyut Jammwal

Vidyut Jammwal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 14 Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
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Famous As: Indian cricketer
Birthdate: December 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 15 Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: December 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

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.

 16 Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

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.

 17 Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: December 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 18 Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
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.

 19 Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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

 20 Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh
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Famous As: Indian track and field athlete
Birthdate: November 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

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.

 21 Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 22 Sandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh
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Famous As: Indian Field Hckey Player
Birthdate: February 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 23 Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand
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Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 3, 1979

 24 Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: July 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

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. 

 25 Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
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.

 26 Shreyas Iyer

Shreyas Iyer
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Famous As: Indian cricketer
Birthdate: December 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 27 Mary Kom

Mary Kom
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Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
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.

 28 Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 8, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
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.

 29 Sunil Chhetri

Sunil Chhetri
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 30 Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu
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Famous As: Politician, Cricketer
Birthdate: October 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 31 Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 32 Sudheer Babu

Sudheer Babu
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Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: May 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 33 Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

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.

 34 Leander Paes

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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: June 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

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.

 35 Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 36 Ritika Singh

Ritika Singh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 37 P. T. Usha

P. T. Usha
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Famous As: Athletics competitor
Birthdate: June 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 38 Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 39 Sahil Khan

Sahil Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 40 Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: June 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

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.

 41 Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
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Famous As: Indian cricketer
Birthdate: July 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 42 Dara Singh

Dara Singh
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Famous As: Indian professional wrestler
Birthdate: November 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 12, 2012

 43 Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: January 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 44 Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: March 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 45 Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: October 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 46 Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: November 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 47 Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 48 Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: April 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

Murali Vijay is an Indian cricket player. Over the years, Vijay has been an important member of the Indian cricket team and has been part og Indian test, ODI and T20 teams. Murali Vijay has represented Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was part of the  Chennai Super Kings team that won the third edition of IPL, in 2010.

 49 Thakur Anoop Singh

Thakur Anoop Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 50 Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma
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Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian