Whenever sports is discussed in India, inevitably it’s the men’s Cricket Team and Sania Mirza (not Tennis, mind you) that we end up discussing. For the women’s part, it is as if we all are forced inside a bubble from where no one but Sania can be visualized.
Yes, Sania is a champ, but let us know about that one prestigious event where she has won a singles championship or that one doubles where she has excelled way past than her partner. Gosh, people, it’s time we wake up and see those great ladies who have been playing and relentlessly winning for our country in the world arena. Well, let us take the opportunity and make things easier for you—
13. P.T. Usha
We have the most famous sports star to begin our discussion with. PT Usha, the queen of Indian track and field, made India proud at numerous athletic meets around the world and won, not one or two, but five golds at the Asian Track and Field Meet at Jakarta.
12. Anjum Chopra
With a batting average of 30.44 in Test Cricket and that of 33.40 in One Day Internationals, surely Anjum Chopra has been one of India’s most terrific women cricketers. Her expertise also won her the prestigious Arjuna Award as well as the Padma Shri.
11. Anju Bobby George
She was associated with Long Jump and is regarded as the best Long Jump athlete in the country. In fact, she was the first ever Indian to win a Gold Medal at the World Championships in Athletics by jumping a massive 6.70m.
10. Saina Nehwal
Now, she’s another sports person who rose to the stature of being a star. But, unlike Sania, she has been among the Top Badminton players, 2nd rank, in Badminton World Federation’s ranking.
9. Poulomi Ghatak
A young table tennis player from Bengal, Poulomi Ghatak made it big when she won silver in the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi.
8. Arati Saha
Here we have a lady who, being inspired by Mihir Sen, was adamant on crossing the English Channel. She became the first ever Asian to cross the English Channel and was conferred the Padmashri award in 1960.
7. Karnam Malleshwari
She is a weight lifter from Andhra Pradesh, who made India proud on many occasions, including at the Sydney Olympics, where he became the only Indian that year to win any medal. She won the bronze medal.
Here we have another all rounder from Women’s cricket team who has a bowling average of less than 20 in Test Cricket. Noted for both batting and bowling skills, she was the fastest playing bowler in International Cricket after Cathryn Fitzpatrick retired.
5. Jwala Gutta
Another badminton player, Jwala Gutta, is regarded as a great doubles player with a World Ranking of 6th, and has won numerous medals at international championships.
4. Tania Sachdev
At a young age, 27, she holds two of the most prestigious titles in Chess—Women Grandmaster and International Master. Surely, she is one of the most aspiring sportswomen that India is proud of (those who know about her, that is).
3. Tejaswini Sawant
An Indian Rifle Shooter from Kolhapur, Tejaswini Sawant has made India proud by winning great many medals at international Championships from around the world, including World Cups and Commonwealth games.
2. Deepika Kumari
She’s one of the world’s best archer, and is currently at world’s 2nd position, after reigning in the 1st position for long. She has bagged gold medals, among others, at numerous world feats and meets.
1. Mary Kom
Thanks to the recent buzz around her biopic, that she is somehow known to all, though this recognition came in years after being numero uno. She was unknown when she, for the third consecutive time, won the world championship in boxing. She is only one boxer who has won the bronze only thrice—the rest has always been Gold Medals. Magnificent Mary, indeed!