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Famous Athletes from India

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Ready your wickets for a list of the most popular, renowned, and famous athletes from India. This list includes the most notable athletes from India, along with photos when available. This list of Indian athletes is alphabetical, and includes many of the most famous Indian sports personalities of all time.

With this resource, you can answer the question "Which famous athletes are from India?" This is the ideal list for you if you've ever asked, "Who are the great Indian athletes?"

You can click on the names of the famous athletes of India in order to get more information about each one. This list below has everyone from Francis Fernandes to Unmukt Chand to Mumbai-born cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. You can use the athletes in this factual list to create a new list or, if you're a big international sports fan, find players who are new to you.
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    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar ( (listen); born 24 April 1973) is a former Indian international cricketer and a former captain of the Indian national team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest...  more
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    Mahendra Singh Dhoni (pronunciation born 7 July 1981), commonly known as MS Dhoni, is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to...  more

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    Sourav Chandidas Ganguly ( (listen); born 8 July 1972), affectionately known as Dada (meaning "elder brother" in Bengali), is an Indian cricket commentator and former cricketer and captain of the...  more
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    Virender Sehwag pronunciation (born 20 October 1978) is a former Indian cricketer. Widely regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen of all time, Sehwag played as an aggressive right-handed...  more
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    Virat Kohli (pronunciation ; born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best...  more
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    Rahul Sharad Dravid ( (listen); born 11 January 1973) is a former Indian cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. He is the current Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian team, and also...  more
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    Kapil Dev Ram Lal Nikhanj (pronunciation ; born 6 January 1959) is a former Indian cricketer. He was a middle order batsman and a fast bowler. Regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders to play the...  more
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    Anil Kumble (pronunciation ; born 17 October 1970) is a former Indian cricket coach, cricket commentator and former cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs for 18 years. A right-arm leg spin (leg break...  more
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    Sunil Manohar Gavaskar pronunciation (born 10 July 1949), often known as Sunny Gavaskar, is a former Indian international cricketer who played from the early 1970s to late 1980s for the Bombay...  more
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    Gautam Gambhir (pronunciation ; born 14 October 1981) is an Indian politician and former cricketer, who has played all formats of the game. He is the current member of the Lok Sabha since 2019. As a...  more
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    Suresh Kumar Raina (pronunciation ; born 27 November 1986) is an Indian international cricketer. An aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler, he is also regarded...  more
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    Sania Mirza (Hindustani pronunciation: [ˈsaːnɪaː ˈmɪrzaː]; born 15 November 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player. A former world No. 1 in the doubles discipline, she has won six Grand Slam...  more
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    Ravichandran Ashwin (pronunciation ; born 17 September 1986) is an Indian international cricketer. A bowler who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm off break, Ashwin plays for Tamil Nadu in...  more
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    Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (pronunciation ; born 1 November 1974), commonly known as VVS Laxman, is a former Indian cricketer and currently a cricket commentator. Laxman was a right-hand batsman...  more
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    Mithali Dorai Raj (born 3 December 1982) is an Indian cricketer and the captain of the Indian women's cricket team in Tests and ODI. Often regarded as one of the greatest batswomen to have ever...  more
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    Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja (born 6 December 1988), commonly known as Ravindra Jadeja, is an Indian international cricketer. He is an all-rounder, who plays as a left-handed middle-order batsman...  more
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    Harbhajan Singh Plaha (pronunciation ; born 3 July 1980 in Jalandhar, Punjab, India), commonly known as Harbhajan or simply Bhajji or Bhajju Pa, is an Indian international cricketer, who plays all...  more
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    Shikhar Dhawan (born 5 December 1985) is an Indian international cricketer. A left-handed opening batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler, he plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and...  more
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    Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born 27 June 1964) is a retired Indian track and field athlete. She has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is often called the "queen of Indian...  more
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    Karnam Malleswari (born 1 June 1975) is a retired Indian weightlifter. She is the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics. In 1995, she received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest...  more
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    Jyotirmoyee Sikdar is an Indian politician and sportwoman. Shes erved as a Member of Parliament representing the Krishnagar (Lok Sabha constituency) of West Bengal in the 14th Lok Sabha. She is...  more
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    Rohit Gurunath Sharma (born 30 April 1987) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and captains Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League as a right-handed...  more
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    Zaheer Khan (born 7 October 1978) is an Indian former cricketer who played all forms of the game for the Indian national team from 2000 till 2014. He was the second-most successful Indian pace bowler...  more
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    Bishan Singh Bedi pronunciation (born 25 September 1946) is a former Indian cricketer who was primarily a slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He played Test cricket for India from 1966 to 1979 and formed...  more
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    Anju Bobby George (born 19 April 1977) is an Indian athlete. Anju Bobby George made history when she won the bronze medal in long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. With this...  more