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.
There was once 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.
Milkha Singh, also known as ‘Flying Sikh’, is India’s most famous sprinter and one of the country’s first sporting icons. 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.
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 the group’s performance made the country stand up and take notice.
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.