In this article, we will discuss about the top sports in India.
Cricket is now considered to be most popular sport in India. It is played on local, national, and international levels. Indians are emotionally attached to this sport as it represents many political and cultural development problems like caste, gender, religion and nationality. By the way, in 1932, the team India played its first-ever official match with England. Being the most popular sport in India, it is not yet the official national sport.
As far as the domestic competitions are concerned, there are the Ranji Trophy, the Duleep Trophy, the Deodhar Trophy, the Irani Trophy, and the Challenger Series. However, few of them are hardly followed, no matter cricket is most popular in India. Like other countries in the world, the domestic cricket competitions are not widely followed across the country. On the contrary, the international game is followed more in all the cricketing countries. Moreover, the Indian cricket board annually holds the Indian Premier League (IPL), the most-attended domestic T20 event. It is played during March–April by eight different teams that represent eight different cities of India. Being the first sporting event broadcasting live on YouTube, as per a news released by aTrendHub, it contributes billions of rupees to India’s GDP economy.
Hockey is also India’s popular sport. Men’s team dominated international hockey in the mid-70 as they won seven Olympic gold medals and the 1975 Men’s Hockey World Cup. Since then, the popularity of hockey in India and the performance of men’s team has fallen massively. The team could not qualify for the 2008 Olympics and finished last in the 2012 Olympics. In 2014, the men’s team reclaimed its lost glory by standing runners up at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and winning a 2014 Asian Games gold and 2017 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup.
Football has an old history in India. It was also introduced in the British rule. The Indian football team has always performed well, yet it has never appeared in any FIFA World Cup. It qualified in 1950, but the federation didn’t allow them to play barefoot. The team written history when it reached semi-finals as the first Asian team in an Olympic football tournament in 1956 Summer Olympics held at Melbourne. India also finished as runners-up in the 1964 AFC Asian Cup.
Tennis is mostly played in the urban areas. Post Vijay Amritraj’s exploits, this sport gained so much popularity. India has been so unlucky in Grand Slam singles. However, it produced some impressive results in the late 90s in Grand Slam doubles. Sania Mirzan is said to be the most successful woman tennis player in India. She was crowned with a WTA title and entered the Top 30 WTA Rankings.
Badminton is one of the most popular and fast-growing sports of India. Its popularity has gone up in recent years. This sport has also produced some big names in India, such Saina Nehwal, who is the first female badminton player who stood on the no. 1 spot. Jwala Gutta, who is the only Indian player to have been spotted the top-10. She is India’s most successful doubles player.