Though their age calls them young, their milestones don’t say so. Indian youngsters have gone so far out in the sporting world, to make a mark and establish themselves as a global force. Let’s take a look at some of the prodigious talents that the country has produced over the years. The future of Indian Sports sure does look good!
- Saina Nehwal
Current World no. 2 of Badminton, Olympic medal winner, 21 individual titles and the only Indian woman to ever reach the finals of BWF World Championship.
- Deepika Pallikal
Lone Indian to break into the top 10 of the WSA rankings, Commonwealth games gold medallist, 6 titles in her WSA tour career and also Asian Games Bronze medallist.
- Yuki Bhambri
Winner of the 2009 Australian Open Junior Championship at the age of 16, first Indian to win the Junior title at the Australian open and only the 4th Indian to win a Junior Grand slam Singles title. He was also a former World No. 1 in the Juniors’ circuit.
- Srikanth Kidambi
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Current World no. 5 in Badminton, he rose to fame when he defeated the former World no. 1 and Badminton Legend, Lin-Dan at the 2014 China open Super Series Premier to win the title. He has won 4 Individual Career titles.
- Parimarjan Negi
He became the 2nd youngest Grandmaster ever at the age of 13 years and 142 days. He was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in 2010 by the Indian Government and has won numerous Chess tournaments.
- Deepika Kumari
Former World No.1 and the Current no. 5, this wonder girl has a lot of titles under her name including two Golds at the 2010 Commonwealth games and also a Bronze at the 2010 Asian Games.
- Rani Rampal
She was the youngest player in the Indian Hockey squad of the 2010 World Cup. She won the “Player of the tournament” award at the 2013 Junior World cup in which India won a Bronze medal.
- Shreyas Iyer
This kid showed what he is capable of in the Indian Player League Season 8. With his batting heroics, he scored 439 runs in 11 matches. Iyer was roped in for a fee of 2.6 crores by the Delhi Daredevils which made him the highest played uncapped player in the league.
- Sanju Samson
He is the youngest player to ever score a half century in both IPL and Champions League T20. He is incredibly quick behind the stumps and he made his T20 international debut for India on 19th July 2015 against Zimbabwe.
- P.V. Sindhu
This baddy super star recently clinched the title of Malaysian Open,2016. She is currently ranked No. 12 in the World. She became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the BWF World Championship when she took home the Bronze in 2013.
- Sumit Nagal
This Tennis “Wonder-in-the-making”, won his first Junior Grand Slam Doubles title at the Theatre of Tennis, Wimbledon in 2015. He has also won 3 ITF Singles titles in his career.
We have seen a lot of young budding superstars of Indian sports create some magical wonders with their performances. Which one of them do you think will make it to the top in the World? Who is your favourite young gun of Indian sports?