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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 Tendulkar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time and by many as the greatest batsman of all time. He took up cricket ...more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and ...more

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Sourav Ganguly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Sourav Ganguly Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, affectionately known as Dada is a former Indian-Bengali cricketer and captain of the Indian national team. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of ...more

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Virender Sehwag is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Virender Sehwag Virender Sehwag is an Indian cricketer. An aggressive right-handed opening batsman and a part-time right-arm off-spin bowler, he played his first One Day International in 1999 and joined the ...more

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Virat Kohli is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Virat Kohli Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer. A right-handed middle-order batsman, he is the captain of the Indian Test team. He captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup ...more

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Rahul Dravid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket. Born in a Marathi family, he started playing cricket at the age ...more

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Kapil Dev is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Kapil Dev Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj, better known as Kapil Dev, is a former Indian cricketer. He captained the Indian cricket team which won the 1983 Cricket World Cup. Named by Wisden as the Indian ...more

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Anil Kumble is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Anil Kumble Anil Radhakrishna Kumble is a former international cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. A right-arm leg spin bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the ...more

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Sunil Gavaskar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Sunil Gavaskar Sunil Manohar "Sunny" Gavaskar is an Indian former cricketer who played during the 1970s and 1980s for the Bombay cricket team and Indian national team. Widely regarded as one of the ...more

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Gautam Gambhir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Gautam Gambhir Gautam Gambhir is an Indian international cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, and captains Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He ...more

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Suresh Raina is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Suresh Raina Suresh Raina is an Indian cricketer. He is an attacking left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket and is the ...more

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Sania Mirza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Sania Mirza Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player, and as of 13 April 2015, the No. 1 doubles player in the world. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the ...more

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Ravichandran Ashwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Ravichandran Ashwin Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian international cricketer who is currently ranked as the number two Test all-rounder in the World. He is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. He ...more

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V. V. S. Laxman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from India
V. V. S. Laxman Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman commonly known as V. V. S. Laxman, is a former Indian cricketer. Laxman represented Hyderabad in domestic cricket and played for Lancashire in English county ...more

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Mithali Raj is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Mithali Raj Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team.

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Ravindra Jadeja is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Ravindra Jadeja Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja is a professional cricketer. He is a left-handed middle-order batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. Jadeja represents Saurashtra in first-class cricket and ...more

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Harbhajan Singh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from India
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Shikhar Dhawan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Shikhar Dhawan Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian international cricketer. He is a left-handed opening batsman and occasional right-arm off break bowler. He played for the Indian Under-17 and Under-19 teams and was ...more

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P. T. Usha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from India
P. T. Usha Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha, popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. ...more

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Karnam Malleswari is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Karnam Malleswari Karnam Malleswari is an Indian weightlifter. During her ten years career, she has won 11 gold and three silver medals besides the prestigious Olympic bronze. She has been the National Champion ...more

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Jyotirmoyee Sikdar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar Jyotirmoyee Sikdar was a Member of Parliament, India representing Krishnagar of West Bengal in the 14th Lok Sabha. She is affiliated to the Communist Party of India. She contested the ...more

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Rohit Sharma is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Rohit Sharma Rohit Gurunath Sharma born 30 April 1987 is an Indian cricketer. . He is a right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm off break bowler who plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket. He is the ...more

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Zaheer Khan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Zaheer Khan Zaheer Khan is an Indian cricketer who has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000. He also played for Worcestershire in County Cricket and plays for Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils in ...more

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Bishan Singh Bedi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Bishan Singh Bedi Bishan Singh Bedi 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 part of the famous Indian spin ...more

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Anju Bobby George is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Anju Bobby George Anju Bobby George 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 achievement, ...more

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Kunjarani Devi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Kunjarani Devi Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi is the most decorated Indian sportswoman in weightlifting.

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K. M. Beenamol is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from India
K. M. Beenamol Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, popularly known as K M Beenamol is an international athlete from India. She became the third Indian woman to reach an Olympics semi-final since P. T. Usha

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Preeja Sreedharan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Preeja Sreedharan Preeja Sreedharan is an Indian long-distance runner. She won gold medal in the 10,000 metres event and silver in 5000 metres at the Guangzhou Asian Games. She holds Indian national record for ...more

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Soma Biswas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Soma Biswas Soma Biswas is an athlete who lives in Kolkata, India and who specialises in the heptathlon. She rose to fame when she won the silver medal in 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. She won ...more

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Anjali Bhagwat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Anjali Bhagwat Anjali Bhagwat is a professional Indian shooter. She became the World Number One in 10m Air Rifle in 2002. She also won her first World Cup Final in Milan, in 2003, with a score of 399/400. ...more

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Krishna Poonia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Krishna Poonia Krishna Poonia is an Indian discus thrower. She led an Indian clean sweep in the women's discus final on 11 October 2010, winning the Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medal with a throw of 61.51

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Shiny Abraham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Shiny Abraham Shiny Wilson is a retired Indian athlete. She has been a National Champion in 800 metres for 14 years. Shiny Abraham Wilson represented India more than 75 times in international competition. She ...more

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Seema Antil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Seema Antil Seema Punia is an athlete.

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Stephie D'Souza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Stephie D'Souza Stephanie "Stephie" D'Souza, nee Sequeira was a sportsperson who represented India in athletics and women's hockey. D'Souza was part of the Indian team that won the gold in the 4x100 m ...more

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Neelam Jaswant Singh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Neelam Jaswant Singh Neelam Jaswant Singh is an Indian discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 64.55 metres, achieved at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. During the 2005 World Championships she tested positive for ...more

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Harwant Kaur is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Harwant Kaur Harwant Kaur is an Indian discus thrower and shot putter. She won the silver medal at the 2002 Asian Championships, finished fourth at the 2003 Asian Championships and seventh at the 2006 ...more

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M. D. Valsamma is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from India
M. D. Valsamma Manathoor Devasia Valsamma is an Indian athlete. She was the second Indian woman to win an individual Gold medal at the Asian Games and the first to win it on Indian soil.

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J. J. Shobha is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from India
J. J. Shobha Javur Jagadeeshappa Shobha is an Indian professional track and field athlete from a village called Pashupathihaal near Dharwad in Karnataka. She currently resides in Secunderabad in Andhra ...more

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Geeta Zutshi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Geeta Zutshi Geeta Zutshi is a former Indian track and field athlete. She established several national and Asian running records in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events. Zutshi won the women's 800 m gold ...more

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Yuvraj Singh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj Singh is an Indian international cricketer, he's an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle-order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He is the son of former Indian fast bowler and ...more

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Ishant Sharma is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Ishant Sharma Ishant Sharma is an Indian cricketer who has represented India in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is a 1.93 m tall right-arm fast-medium bowler. At the age of 18, Sharma was called to join the Indian ...more

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Irfan Pathan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Irfan Pathan Irfan Khan Pathan is an Indian cricketer who made his debut for India in the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and was a core member of the national team until a decline in form set in during ...more

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Pragyan Ojha is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Pragyan Ojha Pragyan Ojha is an Indian cricketer who plays for India national cricket team. He is slow left arm orthodox bowler. He plays for Hyderabad cricket team in domestic cricket and Mumbai Indians in ...more

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Murali Vijay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Murali Vijay Murali Vijay is an Indian international cricketer. He plays as a right-handed opening batsman. He represents Tamil Nadu in first-class cricket and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. ...more

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Dinesh Karthik is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Dinesh Karthik Krishna Kumar Dinesh Karthik is an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman who made his debut for the Indian cricket team in 2004 and has been a regular member of the team for varying periods since then, ...more

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Yusuf Pathan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Yusuf Pathan Yusuf Pathan is an Indian cricketer. Pathan made his debut in first-class cricket in 2001/02. He is a powerful and aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm offbreak bowler. His younger ...more

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Amit Mishra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Amit Mishra Amit Mishra is an Indian cricketer. He is an attacking right-arm leg-break bowler and right-handed tail-ender batsman. He plays for Haryana in the domestic Ranji Trophy and currently appears for ...more

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Mohammad Azharuddin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Mohammad Azharuddin Mohammad Azharuddin is a former cricketer and an Indian politician. He was an accomplished batsman and captained the Indian cricket team for much of the 1990s, winning the Arjuna Award in 1986. ...more

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Javagal Srinath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Javagal Srinath Javagal Srinath is a former Indian cricketer and current ICC Match Referee. He's considered among India's finest fast bowlers and remains the only Indian fast bowler to have taken more than 300 ...more

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Aparna Popat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from India
Aparna Popat Aparna Popat is a former Indian badminton player. She was India's national champion for a record equalling nine times when she won all the senior national championships between 1997 and 2006.