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Top 5 Most Famous Athletes In India

It’s not easy to be a high-performance athlete - let alone a successful one. It takes years of hard work, pain, and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Author:Camilo Wood
Reviewer:Dexter Cooke
Jul 14, 2022
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It’s not easy to be a high-performance athlete - let alone a successful one. It takes years of hard work, pain, and relentless pursuit of excellence. It means that only hero-like athletes get to the top of the ranking, be it domestic or international. In this sense, Indian sports fans have a lot to be proud of. In this article, we’ll talk about the most famous athletes in the country, although not all of them are Indians.

Inspiration and Transpiration

A quote widely attributed to Thomas Edison says, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% transpiration”. That’s a reality that high-performance athletes know all too well. It takes dozens of hours of workout, a rigid diet, and a lifelong dedication. This is why the most famous athletes in India deserved to be chanted.

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle isn’t Indian. Yet, the Jamaican all-rounder is an idol for cricket fans nationwide. Gayle is 40 years old, a superstar in the T20format, with no signs of ageing. Indeed, he’s the player with the most T20 matches in his career: 400 so far. Gayle is gifted in all three formats and is an important asset for his national team in Tests and ODIs too. We recommend you Meet Chris Gayle on 10CRICto find out more about this phenomenal cricketer's life outside the pitch.
Chris Gayle credits part of its success with the bat to his diet. It mostly consists of low-fat and low-carb products, often homemade. The result of the diet clearly shows in his body and performance. Gayle was appointed the Man of the Tournament during the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. He was also the Jamaican player of the year in 2010 and the most valuable player in the Indian Premier League in 2011.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is another Indian superstar in the cricket world. He plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and is also the national team captain. Kohli has always been a high-quality player, since his career debut, in 2006. He’s an accomplished player in all formats in domestic and international competitions.
One of Kohli’s highest points in his Test career was when he scored 610 runs, in a match against Sri Lanka, in 2017. He’s among the best ODI players in history and is on the top of the rating as a batsman, with 909 points. Kohli is also one of the best scorers in T20, second only to his colleague, Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli suffered an injury on his cervical spine in 2018, forcing him to spend a while in recovery. Virat Kohli didn’t have any dietary restrictions until then but was advised by his doctor to quit meat. Kohli’s unregulated diet was taking a toll on his bones since his digestive system could process calcium. The cricketer became a vegetarian and was even mentioned during the Netflix documentary “Game Changers”about vegetarian athletes.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, 35, is also among the finest athletes India has ever produced. The duet Sharma-Kohli has staged some of the most intense moments of the sport’s history. In the domestic league, he’s the captain for the Mumbai Indians, where he has spent most of his career.
However, he also played for the Deccan Chargers in 2008. During this period, his contract was something about USD 750,000 per year. Like all top players, Sharma has been tested across all formats. Given the statistics, Sharma is a T20 athlete, as his participation in the ODI and Test was less than amazing.
However, he was in the national team when they won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. In 2018, he was one of the Top 3 Indian batsmen, second only to, you guessed right, Virat Kohli. Sharma keeps his finest performance with a balanced diet that includes plenty of milk, oats, and honey.

MS Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, most commonly called MS Dhoni, has one of the most impressive international careers among his peers. He played for the national team in all formats until 2020, closing a period of 16 years. Dhoni-led team India in T20 competitions from 2007 onward, during which period he was called “Captain Cool”. He’s also the only cricketer to have won all ICC trophies.
The right-hand batsman is a wicketkeeper and also one of the fastest players between wickets. Dhoni is famous for his deadly “helicopter shot”. Yet, he affirms he learned this technique from his friend, Santosh Lal, who is the actual inventor of the move.
Dhoni spent ten years in the captaincy of team India, always with inspiring results. Off duty, MS Dhoni also produces his autobiographical documentaries and a “mythological sci-fi movie” called Atharva. He received the Padma Bhushan civilian honour in 2018.

Sania Mirza

The tennis player Sania Mirza stands in a list full of cricketers. It’s not surprising that cricketers top the list of most popular athletes in India. After all, it’s the most popular sport in the country. Sania Mirza’s prominence is even more impressive in such a context.
She’s by far the most accomplished tennis player in the country, representing India in top international competitions. Mirza is the only tennis player in the country with six Grand Slam titles on the belt. Above all, Mirza became an inspiration for a new generation of athletes in this sport, especially among women.
She’s by far the most accomplished tennis player in the country, representing India in top international competitions. Mirza is the only tennis player in the country with six Grand Slam titles on the belt. Above all, Mirza became an inspiration for a new generation of athletes in this sport, especially among women.

A Starry Field

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Indian sports fans can complain about the lack of heroes to praise. If almost all of the most famous athletes in the country are cricketers, it’s due to the sport’s wide popularity. Sania Mirza is an honourable exception on the list, who excelled on the national stage, even playing a not-so-popular sport.
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Camilo Wood

Camilo Wood

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Camilo Wood has over two decades of experience as a writer and journalist, specializing in finance and economics. With a degree in Economics and a background in financial research and analysis, Camilo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his writing. Throughout his career, Camilo has contributed to numerous publications, covering a wide range of topics such as global economic trends, investment strategies, and market analysis. His articles are recognized for their insightful analysis and clear explanations, making complex financial concepts accessible to readers. Camilo's experience includes working in roles related to financial reporting, analysis, and commentary, allowing him to provide readers with accurate and trustworthy information. His dedication to journalistic integrity and commitment to delivering high-quality content make him a trusted voice in the fields of finance and journalism.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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