Of late, Indian sport has witnessed a great rise in the number of female players. These players are doing wonders in the country and also shining on the world stage. From cricket to the Olympics, they are achieving stellar heights in various sport formats. These players have a self-belief that they too can bring a lot of pride to the nation, so under any circumstances, they don’t lose their spirit and for that alone, they deserve a huge applause. So, here’s the list of top Indian female players who’re probably the best game-changers in their sport. Despite odds, these players are rising and sending a strong message that women can excel in any field with sheer dedication and hard work. In various global sports events, it rained gold medals on Indian female players consistently. Indeed, these players are no less of a super powerhouse when it comes to bringing medals to the country. Kudos to them!
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 sporting honour, and in 1999, the civilian Padma Shri award.
Malleswari won the world title in the 54 kg division in 1994 and 1995 and placed third in 1993 and 1996.
In 1994, she won silver at the World Championships in Istanbul and in 1995 she won the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Korea in the 54 kg category. She won the title in China that year with a record lift of 113 kg at the World Championships. Even before her Olympic win, Malleswari was a two-time weightlifting world champion with 29 international medals, which includes 11 gold medals.
Along with the national and international medals, Malleswari was also awarded with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1999, Arjuna Award in 1994, and Padma Shri in 1999.
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Malleswari lifted 110 kg in the “snatch” and 130 kg in the “clean and jerk” categories for a total of 240 kg. She won the bronze medal and became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal. She is also the first and only Indian woman weightlifter to win an Olympic medal.
Geeta Phogat (born 15 December 1988) is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She is also the first Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.
Jhulan Nishit Goswami (born 25 November 1982) is an Indian international cricketer and the former captain of India national women’s cricket team. An all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium fast, Goswami is regarded as one of the greatest women fast bowler of all time and one of the fastest bowlers in the history of women’s cricket, and the fastest contemporary bowler following the retirement of Cathryn Fitzpatrick. In August 2018, Goswami announced her retirement from WT20Is.She won the ICC Women’s Player of the Year award in 2007 and the M.A. Chidambaram trophy for Best Women’s Cricketer in 2011. Goswami was ranked first in the ICC Women’s ODI bowling rankings in January 2016.
Goswami is the highest wicket taker in Women’s One Day International cricket. In February 2018, against South Africa, she became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in WODIs. She achieved this by taking the wicket of South Africa opener Laura Wolvaardt during the second one-day game of the three-match series at Kimberley. In April 2018, an Indian postage stamp was issued in her honour.
Her brother Kunal, and Sister Jhumpa.
Deepika Kumari (born 13 June 1994) is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of archery, is currently ranked World No. 9, and is a former world number one. She won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games in the women’s individual recurve event. She also won a gold medal in the same competition in the women’s team recurve event along with Dola Banerjee and Bombayala Devi.Kumari qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she competed in the Women’s Individual and Women’s team events, finishing in eighth place in the latter.She was conferred the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award, in the year 2012 by President of India Pranab Mukherjee. In February 2014, she was honored with FICCI Sportsperson of the Year Award. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.
P V Sindhu
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player. Having made her international debut in 2009, she rose to a career high ranking of no. 2 in April 2017. Over the course of her career, Sindhu has won medals at multiple tournaments including Olympics and on the BWF circuit including a gold at the 2019 World Championships. She is the first Indian to become the Badminton World Champion and the first Indian woman to earn an Olympic Silver medal.Sindhu broke into the top 20 of the BWF World Ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17. Beginning in 2013, Sindhu won a medal at every world championships, with the exception of 2015. She is just the second woman after Zhang Ning to win five or more medals at the world championships. Sindhu represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Indian badminton player to reach a final. She won the silver medal after losing out to Spain’s Carolina Marin.Sindhu won her first superseries title at the 2016 China Open and followed it up with four more finals in 2017, winning the titles in South Korea and India. In addition to that, she has won a silver medal each at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games, and two bronze medals at the Uber Cup.
With earnings of US$8.5 million and $5.5 million respectively, Sindhu made the Forbes’ list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes in 2018 and 2019. She is the recipient of the sports honour Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award in India, in January 2020.
P. T. Usha
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 track and field”.
Usha was first noticed in 1976 by O. M. Nambiar, an athletics coach, at a sports prize-distribution ceremony. In an interview with Rediff.com in 2000, he said, “What impressed me at first sight about Usha was her lean shape and fast walking style. I knew she could become a very good sprinter.” The same year, he began coaching her. Quick results followed when she won six medals at the inter-state meet for juniors, in Kollam in 1978, with four gold medals in 100 m, 200 m, 60 m hurdles and high jump, silver in long jump and bronze in 4 x 100 m relay. In the year’s Kerala State college meet, she won 14 medals. She went on to win multiple medals at the 1979 National Games and 1980 National inter-state meet setting many meet records.
At the senior inter-state meet in Bangalore in 1981, Usha clocked 11.8 seconds in the 100 m and 24.6 seconds in the 200 m setting national records in both. At the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games, she won silver medals in 100 m and 200 m, clocking 11.95 s and 25.32 s. At the 1983 Open National Championships in Jamshedpur, she broke the 200 m national record again clocking 23.9 s, and with 53.6 s, set a new national record in 400 m. At the Asian Championships in Kuwait City the same year, she won gold in 400 m.
Saina Nehwal (born 17 March 1990) is an Indian professional badminton singles player. A former world no. 1, she has won over 24 international titles, which includes eleven Superseries titles. Although she reached the world’s 2nd in the 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning a bronze medal in her second appearance.Nehwal has achieved several milestones in badminton for India. She is the only Indian to have won at least one medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships. She is the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal, the first Indian to have reached the final of the BWF World Championships, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or. In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. In the 2014 Uber Cup, she captained the Indian team and remained undefeated, helping India to win bronze medal. It was India’s first medal in any BWF major team event. Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles gold medals (2010 and 2018) in Commonwealth Games.
Considered one of the most successful Indian sportspersons, she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Government of India (GoI) conferred the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian award – on her. Previously, the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award, were also conferred on her by the Government of India. Nehwal is a philanthropist and was ranked 18th on the list of most charitable athletes.
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom (born 24 November 1982) is an Indian amateur boxer, politician, and incumbent Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. She is the only female to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals. Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, she is the only Indian female boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning a bronze medal. She had also been ranked as the world’s No. 1 female light-flyweight by the International Boxing Association (amateur) (AIBA). She became the first Indian female boxer to win a gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian female boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is also the only boxer to become Asian Amateur Boxing Champion for a record six times.
Sania Mirza (born 15 November 1986) is an Indian professional tennis player. A former doubles world No. 1, she has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. From 2003 until her retirement from singles in 2013, she was ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as India’s No. 1 player. Throughout her career, Mirza has established herself as by far the most successful Indian female tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and most high-profile athletes in the country. In her singles career, Mirza had notable wins over Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vera Zvonareva, and Marion Bartoli, as well as former world No. 1s Martina Hingis, Dinara Safina, and Victoria Azarenka. She is the highest-ranked female player ever from India, peaking at world No. 27 in mid-2007. However, a major wrist injury forced her to give up her singles career and focus on the doubles circuit. She has achieved a number of firsts for women’s tennis in her native country, including surpassing $1 million in career earnings (in the end over $6.9 million), winning a singles WTA title, and winning a Grand Slam title (eventually, three each in women’s doubles and in mixed doubles), as well as qualifying for (and eventually winning) the WTA Finals in 2014 alongside Cara Black, defending the title the following year partnering with Martina Hingis.So far, Mirza is the only Indian female player to win a WTA title of any kind, and the only to reach the top 100 singles rankings. She is the third Indian woman in the Open Era to feature and win a round at a Grand Slam tournament, and the first to advance past the second round. With 42 crowns, Mirza has won more WTA doubles titles on the tour than any other active player. In addition, she has spent 91 weeks as the world No. 1 in doubles. In 2005, Mirza was crowned the WTA Newcomer of the year, and in 2015 she and Martina Hingis were the doubles team of the year, and later had a 44-match winning streak, one of the longest in history. She has also won a total of 14 medals (including 6 gold) at three major multi-sport events, namely the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Afro-Asian Games.
Mirza was named one of the “50 Heroes of Asia” by Time in October 2005. In March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the “33 women who made India proud”. She was appointed as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia during the event held to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women on 25 November 2013. She was named in Time magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dipa Karmakar (born 9 August 1993) is an Indian artistic gymnast.
Karmakar first gained attention when she won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, becoming the first Indian female gymnast to do so in the history of the Games. She also won a bronze medal at the Asian Gymnastics Championships and finished fifth at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, both firsts for her country.
Karmakar represented India at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics, and the first Indian gymnast to do so in 52 years. She finished in fourth position in Women’s Vault Gymnastics event at Rio, with an overall score of 15.066.In July 2018, Karmakar became the first Indian gymnast to win a gold medal at a global event, when she finished first in the vault event of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.Karmakar is one of the only five women who have successfully landed the Produnova, which is regarded as the most difficult vault of those currently being performed in women’s gymnastics.Karmakar is a recipient of the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. For her performance in Rio Olympics 2016, the Government of India conferred upon her the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in August 2016.
Sakshi Malik (born 3 September 1992) is an Indian freestyle wrestler. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category, becoming the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. She is a part of the JSW Sports Excellence Program, along with fellow female wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Malik had previously won the silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
Hima Das (born 9 January 2000), nicknamed the Dhing Express, is an Indian sprinter from the state of Assam. She holds the current Indian national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships..
Anju Bobby George
Anju Bobby George (born 19 April 1977) is a retired Indian athlete. She is India’s first and only World Champion in Athletics IAAF World Athletics Final. 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, she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics jumping 6.70 m. She went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final (a competition between best eight athletes in the world based on the world ranking) in 2005, a performance she considers her best. Anju was upgraded to the gold status from silver in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the latter’s sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002.
She had got 5th position with personal best score of 6.83 at the 2004 Athens Olympics.Anju Bobby George revealed on December 2020 that she is one among a very few with a single kidney .She revealed it so that she can inspire many during COVID PANDAMIC to be fighters in life.
Ekta Bisht is an Indian cricketer. She is left handed batswoman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She was the first International woman cricketer from Uttarakhand state of India. She was also the first cricketer for India to take a hat-trick in a Women’s Twenty20 International match.
Mahak Jain (born 24 June 2001) is an Indian tennis player. Mahak has a career high WTA singles ranking of 511, achieved on 18 February 2019. She also has a career high WTA doubles ranking of 820, achieved on 14 January 2019. On the juniors tour, Mahak has a career high ITF junior combined ranking of 29, achieved on 5 June 2017. Mahak made her Fed Cup debut for India in 2019.
Sunita Rani (born 4 December 1979) is an Indian athlete from Punjab who won a gold medal in the 1500 m and a bronze medal in the 5000 m during the 2002 Asian Games. Her time of 4:06.03 in the 1500 metres at the 2002 Asian Games is the current national record. She was awarded Arjuna Award in 1999 and Padma Shri for her achievements.
Asha Agarwal is a former Indian women marathon champion and a recipient of Arjuna Award.
Asha Agarwal won the Hong Kong marathon on January 27, 1985. In September 1985 she won the gold at the Asian Track and Field meet in Jakarta, setting a record of 2 hours 48 minutes and 51 seconds, which still stands. She also won the Freedom Race in Delhi in 1989, Trinidad Marathon in 1986 and has run eight out of 26 marathons below 2 hours 50 minutes.
Amita Sharma (born 12 September 1982) is an Indian cricket player. She is an all-rounder in the Indian Women Cricket team.
Sharma first played for India in 2002, and soon established herself as an integral member of the one-day side, although she only played five test matches. She took 14 wickets in the 2005 World Cup in South Africa and helped her side into the final.Sharma plays her domestic cricket for Northern Railway.
Anuja Patil (born 28 June 1992) is a cricketer from Maharashtra who plays in Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is) for India. She made her International T20 cricket debut, India Women Vs England Women at Galle International Stadium, Galle on 29 September 2012. Patil also played from Maharashtra state.
Rani Rampal (born 4 December 1994) is an Indian field hockey player. At the age of 15, she was the youngest player in the national team which participated in the 2010 World Cup. She has completed her schooling but was not able to get the graduate degree due to practice sessions and matches which were lined up. She plays forward on her team. She has played 212 international matches and scored 134 goals. She is currently the Captain for Indian Women’s Hockey Team. She is also well known as a striker who often doubles up as mid-fielder. She has a great fascination with CWG. In 2020, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri.
Apurvi Singh Chandela (born 4 January 1993) is an Indian Shooting player who competes in the 10 metre air rifle event. She won the gold medal in the 2019 ISSF World Cup in New Delhi. She is a recipient of Arjuna award.
Divya Singh (born 21 July 1982) is former captain of the Indian National Women’s Basketball Team. Singh led the Indian women’s basketball team at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She is known for her game skills, leadership qualities, academic strength and personality. She has done sports management at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, (UD) in the year 2008 to 2010 and worked as a Women’s basketball assistant coach for UD. She was assistant coach of the Under 16 Indian Men’s basketball team which participated in Vietnam 2011. She was the assistant coach of the Indian Men’s team when India won the bronze medal in Lusophony Games in Goa. She was also a part of the Indian National Women’s Basketball Team as an assistant coach in the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.
She works in MTNL, Delhi. She comes from the Varanasi’s “Basketball Family of India” whose four out of five sisters have either played or playing for Indian national team. Her sisters Prashanti, Akanksha, and Pratima, have represented Indian National Women’s Basketball Team.
Radha Prakash Yadav (born 21 April 2000) is an Indian cricketer. She plays for Mumbai, Baroda and West zone. She has played 4 First-class, 13 List A and 16 Women’s Twenty20 matches. She made her debut in major domestic cricket on 10 January 2015 against Kerala.
Chhanda Gayen ( 9 July 1979 – 20 May 2014) was a Bengali mountaineer, martial artist, explorer, and teacher of self-defense. She is best known for being the first civilian woman from the Indian state of West Bengal to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, at 7 A.M., 18 May 2013. She was awarded as “Sera Avishkar” in Sera Bengali 2013 from ABP Ananda (8 August 2013).
Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana (born 18 July 1996) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team. In June 2018, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer. In December 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded her with the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the best female cricketer of the year. She was also named the ODI Player of the Year by the ICC at the same time.
Anisa Sayyed (born 22 September 1980) is an Indian female pistol shooter who won two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also won a gold medal at the SAF games in 2006. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she won a silver in the 25 m event. Besides, she won a bronze in the 2014’s Asian Games and silver in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the same year. She set a new national record by winning a gold medal in women’s 25m air pistol at the National Shooting Championship Competition in 2017.
Dutee Chand (born 3 February 1996) is an Indian professional sprinter and current national champion in the women’s 100 metres event. She is the third Indian woman to ever qualify for the Women’s 100 metres event at the Summer Olympic Games. However, in the 2016 Summer Olympics, her 11.69s in the preliminary round did not qualify her for the next round. In 2018, Chand clinched silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games. It was India’s first medal in this event since 1998. In 2019, she became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade, clocking 11.32 seconds in the 100m race.Dutee is also India’s first athlete to openly come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, when she spoke about being in a same-sex relationship in 2019.
Anjali Bhagwat (born 5 December 1969) 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.Anjali won the ISSF Champion of Champions award and is the only Indian to win the ISSF Champions’ Trophy in Air Rifle Men & Women mixed event at Munich in 2002. She has represented India in three consecutive Olympics, and was a finalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a first for any Indian women shooter and also the first Indian athlete to make an Olympic final since P.T. Usha in 1984. She has won 12 gold and 4 silver medals in the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Shooting Championships. She is a Commonwealth record holder in 10m Air Rifle and Sports Rifle 3P. In the 2003 Afro-Asian Games, Bhagwat created history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to get gold and a silver medal in the Sports 3P and Air Rifle events respectively.
To date, she has won 31 Gold, 23 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. She has set 13 new records in International competitions and has won 55 Gold, 35 Silver and 16 Bronze medals, with 8 new records in national competitions in India.
Babitha Kumari Phogat
Babita Kumari Phogat (born 20 November 1989) is an Indian female wrestler, who won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also won silver medals at 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships. Babita Phogat entered politics by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019.
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (née Pallikal; born 21 September 1991) is an Indian professional squash player. She is the first Indian to break into the top 10 in the PSA Women’s rankings.
Dipika Pallikal came to prominence in 2011, when she won three WISPA tour titles. She broke into the top 10 in December 2012.
Mithali Dorai Raj (born 3 December 1982) is an Indian cricketer and Test, ODI Captain of women’s national cricket team. She is a right-handed opening Batswoman and occasional right-arm leg break bowler. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in Women’s One Day International matches. she is the first player to score seven consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs. In June 2018 during the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, she became the first player from India (either male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20Is, and also became the first woman cricketer to reach 2002 WT20I runs.In 2005, she became the captain of the side. Raj is the only player (female) to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, doing so twice in 2005 and 2017. On 1 February 2019, during India’s series against New Zealand Women, Raj became the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches. In September 2019, she announced her retirement from T20Is to focus on ODI cricket. In 2019, she became the first woman to complete 20 years in international cricket.She is the recipient of several national and international awards, including the Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World in 2017, Arjuna Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2015, both by the Government of India.
Poonam Yadav (born 24 August 1991) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s cricket team. She made her debut in International cricket on 5 April 2013 in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match against Bangladesh. Yadav’s debut in Test Series on 16 November 2014 against South Africa and her ODI debut was on 12 April 2013 against Bangladesh.
Neha Aggarwal Sharma (born 11 January 1990) is an Indian table tennis player who participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the only woman from India to feature in that discipline. Aggarwal earned her position at the Olympics by defeating Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das, who had been favored to win. The Delhi girl, who did her schooling from Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram and her college from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, was the winner of Junior National Table Tennis Championship held at Ahmedabad and Kolkata. She did not receive a medal, having been eliminated after losing to Chinese born Australian Jiang Fang Lay. She has a Masters in Sports Management from Columbia University, New York.
Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful family of wrestlers, with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, being international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games. Phogat has become the First Indian Athlete to be Nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards to be held on February 18, 2019.
Ashwini Nachappa (born 21 October 1967) is an accomplished former track and field athlete and an Indian film actress from Karnataka.
Nachappa gained fame around the start of the 1980s, when she outran P.T. Usha on two occasions. She has been referred to as India’s FloJo. In 1988 she received the Arjuna award.
Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda (born 18 September 1989) is an Indian badminton player who represents the country at the international badminton circuit in both the women’s and mixed doubles disciplines. She had a successful partnership with Jwala Gutta as the pair has won many medals in international events including a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and bronze medals at the Uber Cup and the Asian Badminton Championships. They were consistently ranked among the top 20 in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10. Ponnappa and Gutta also won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011, becoming the first Indian pair and women and only the second overall to win a medal at the World Championships.
Joshna Chinappa (born 15 September 1986) is an Indian professional squash player. She reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 10 in July 2016. She was the first Indian to win the British Junior Squash Championship title in 2005 in the under-19 category and was also the youngest Indian women’s national champion. She is the current record-holder of most national championship wins, with 18 titles.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games Joshna, along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik, won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, India’s first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport. The pair won a silver medal at the event’s 2018 Gold Coast edition, losing to team New Zealand, Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy. Joshna trains at the Indian Squash Academy, Chennai. At the 2017 Women’s Asian Individual Squash Championships, she won the gold medal, becoming the first Asian Squash Champion from India.In April 2018, Joshna upset Nicol David in the second round, in straight games, of the El Gouna World Series Event. This was one of her more prominent upsets.
Jwala Gutta (born 7 September 1983) is an Indian professional badminton player. Beginning in the late 1990s, she represented India at international events in both mixed and women’s doubles. She has a total of 316 match wins in both the disciplines—the most by any Indian—and peaked at no. 6 in the world rankings. Gutta has won medals at numerous tournaments on the BWF circuit including a silver at the 2009 Superseries Masters Finals and a bronze at the 2011 World Championships.
Born in Wardha to a Chinese mother and a Telugu father, she began playing badminton at a young age. A fourteen-time National Champion, Gutta played with Shruti Kurien earlier in her career, but found greater international success with Ashwini Ponnappa. The pair consistently figured among the top-twenty in the BWF World Ranking reaching as high as no. 10 in 2015. Gutta is the first badminton player of Indian to qualify for two events in the Olympics–women’s doubles with Ponnappa and mixed doubles with V. Diju at London. Gutta is known for her skilled left-handed stroke-play and is one of the very few doubles players to use a forehand service.
Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian politician and former sportswoman. She served as member of parliament of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from the Krishnagar constituency in the 14th Lok Sabha. She was defeated in the 2009 Indian general election by the actor turned politician Tapas Paul of the Trinamool Congress. She had been reportedly inactive in politics following her defeat. In 2019, she herself pledged support to the All India Trinamool Congress and then joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the following year.She was a middle distance runner and won the 800 metres at the 1995 Asian Athletics Championships. She went on to win the bronze medal in 800 m and 1500 m events in the 1998 Asian Athletics Championships and gold medal in both the events in the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. She is a recipient of the Arjuna Award in 1995 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1998–1999. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2003.
Kamaljeet Sandhu is a female Indian athlete who won gold medal at 1970 Bangkok Asian Games in 400 m race. She ran the distance in 57.3 seconds. She was the first Indian woman athlete to win gold medal at any Asian games. She is from Punjab state in India. She received Padma Shri award in 1971. In 1971, she was one of the finalists in the World University Games held at Turin, Italy, in 400 metres race. She participated in the Women’s 400 metres at the 1972 Munich Olympics, bowing out in the heats. Kamaljeet retired from athletics in 1973. She was also a national-level basketball and inter-varsity hockey player. She went to the 1982 Asian Games as the coach of the Indian women’s sprint team. She is also an alumna of Scindia Kanya Vidyalaya.
Anjum Chopra (born 20 May 1977) is a cricket commentator, former cricketer and captain of India’s national women’s cricket team. The first time she stepped onto the cricket ground was at the age of 9. She played her first friendly match with the college girls’ team at the inter-college level, scoring 20 runs and taking 2 wickets. Later the same year she was selected to play for New Delhi in the under −15 tournament.
She played various sports at an early age, representing her school and college in athletics, basketball, and swimming. She was also a member of the Delhi State basketball team that competed at nationals.Anjum made her debut in one-day internationals at the early age of 17, on 12 February 1995 against New Zealand at Christchurch, New Zealand, and made her debut in Test cricket a few months later against England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 17 November 1995. In only her second series for India the same year, she was awarded player of the series in the one day internationals against the visiting England cricket team, scoring runs at an average of 67.5.
Harwant Kaur (born 5 July 1980) 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 Commonwealth Games. In addition she competed at the 2004 Olympic Games and was ranked 13th in the qualifying rounds. Her personal coach is Parveer Singh. At 2010 Commonwealth Games, she won the silver medal in the Discus throw event.Her personal best throw is 63.05 metres, achieved in August 2004 in Kiev. She contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but failed to reach the finals, and was ranked 17th in the qualifiers with a throw of 56.42 m.
J. J. Shobha
Javur Jagadeeshappa Shobha (born 14 January 1978) is an Indian professional track and field athlete from a village called Pashupathihaal near Dharwad in Karnataka. She currently resides in Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India. She participated in the heptathlon and was the winner of the event at the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in 2003. Her personal best of 6211 points, achieved in 2004 is a national record.She came into the news for her performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she completed the seven-discipline heptathlon event despite being injured in the penultimate event of Javelin throw. She had to be carried off the field but she returned with a tightly strapped left ankle and finished 3rd in the final event (800 m) and 11th overall with 6172 points. She was awarded the Arjuna award for the year 2004 for her gritty performance.
A fully fit Shobha placed 29th in the heptathlon event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, scoring 5749 points.
Manika Batra (born 15 June 1995) is an Indian table tennis player. As of November 2020, she is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 63rd in the world. She specialises in playing long-pimples on her backhand, a rubber which is not often played by top players. She received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2020.
Nuzhat Masih Parween (born 5 Sep 1996) is an Indian international cricketer. she is former football captain of the Madhya Pradesh under-16 football team, she joined Singrauli’s district cricket team in 2011. She made her debut for the Indian national team in November 2016, in a Twenty20 International series against the West Indies. Parween plays as a wicket-keeper.
Shafali Verma (born 28 January 2004) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the India women’s national cricket team. In 2019, at the age of 15, she became the youngest cricketer to play in a Women’s Twenty20 International match for India. In June 2021, she bacame the youngest player, male or female, to represented India in all three formats of international cricket.
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (born 8 August 1994) is an Indian weightlifter. She won the silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Women’s 49 kg category. Mirabai Chanu has won the World Championships and multiple medals at the Commonwealth Games. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contributions to the sport. She was awarded Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award by the Government of India in 2018.Chanu won the silver medal in the women’s 48 kg weight class at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow; she went on to break the games record en route to the gold medal at the 2018 edition of the event held in Gold Coast. Prior to the 2020 Summer Olympics, her biggest achievement came in 2017, when she won the gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, California.
Aparna Popat (born 18 January 1978) is a former Indian badminton player. She was India’s national champion for a record equaling nine times when she won all the senior national championships between 1997 and 2006.
Aparna Popat was born on 18 January 1978 in Mumbai, Maharashtra into a Gujarati family of Lalji Popat and Heena Popat. She studied at the J. B. Petil High School in Mumbai and her Pre-university course from Mount Carmel College, in Bangalore. Aparna also holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University.
Deepti Bhagwan Sharma (born 24 August 1997 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India) is an international cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national cricket team. She is an all rounder who bats Left-handed and bowls right-arm off break and is currently ranked 4th in the top all-rounders in the ICC Cricket Rankings. Deepti Sharma is also the current third highest individual scorer by a woman cricketer in ODIs (188 runs).
Diana Fram Edulji (born 26 January 1956) is a former Indian Test cricketer. Born in Mumbai to a Parsi family, she was drawn to sports at an early age. She grew up playing cricket with a tennis ball in the railway colony where she lived. She then went on to play basketball and table tennis at the junior national level, before migrating to cricket. At a cricket camp hosted by former Test cricketer Lala Amarnath, she honed her skills. At that time women’s cricket was becoming more popular in India. Diana then went on to play for the Railways and then the Indian national cricket team where she was a successful slow left-arm orthodox bowler. She played her first series in 1975. In 1978 she was made the captain of the team. She remains the third highest wicket taker in Tests.In 1986 Edulji was refused entry to the Lord’s Pavilion while captaining India on their tour of England. She quipped that the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) should change its name to MCP (“male chauvinist pigs”).She holds the record for delivering the most number of balls by any woman cricketer in Women’s test history (5098+).Diana received India’s then greatest sports honour award, the Arjuna Award in 1983.
Kavita Chahal (born 8 April 1985) is a 5′ 9″ tall heavyweight Indian female boxer and recipient of the highest world ranking 2 from 2012 to 2014 (AIBA Ranking – 11 in 2016) from the village Nimri which resides in the Bhiwani district, Haryana. In recognition of her achievements, the Government of India presented Chahal with the Arjuna Award in 2013. Chahal is the first female boxer from Haryana to be presented with the Arjuna Award. Chahal is a twice-consecutive World Championship medallist, 3 Time Gold medalist in World Police Games. 4-Time Asian championship, Asian cup medallist. With 9 gold medals, she is a record holder in women’s national championship boxing. She is a 5-time gold medallist in the Federation Cup, and 7-times Gold medalist in all india police games 2012 to 2018. Chahal 3-time gold medallist in the Inter-zonal Super Cup championship.
Koneru Humpy (born 31 March 1987) is an Indian chess player who is also reigning women’s world rapid champion. In 2002, she became the youngest woman ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years, 1 month, 27 days, beating Judit Polgár’s previous record by three months (this record was subsequently broken by Hou Yifan in 2008). In October 2007, Koneru became the second female player, after Polgár, to exceed the 2600 Elo rating mark, being rated 2606.
Manjeet Kaur (born 4 April 1982) is an Indian sprint athlete from Punjab who specializes in 400 metres. She held the 400 m National record of 51.05 seconds set at the National Circuit Athletic Meet held in Chennai on 16 June 2004. She broke the previous record held by K. M. Beenamol since November 2001. In doing so, she passed the qualifying mark for the 2004 Athens Olympics. She along with Chitra K. Soman, Rajwinder Kaur and K. M. Beenamol form the team that holds the current National record in 4 x 400 metres relay.A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the Punjab Police, Manjeet competed for India in 4 x 400 metres relay at 2004 Athens Olympics where her team set the current National record with a time of 3:26.89. The team finished third in their heats. In the next Beijing Olympics also she represented India in 4 x 400 metres relay where her team composed of Sathi Geetha, Chitra K. Soman, and Mandeep Kaur clocked a time of 3:28.83 and finished seventh in their heats.
Manu Bhaker is an Indian olympian who plays airgun shooting. She represented India at the 2018 ISSF World Cup and won two gold medals. She is the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup. She won the gold medal in women’s 10 m air pistol event at 2018 Commonwealth Games just at the age of 16 in her maiden Commonwealth Games appearance.
Poulomi Ghatak, born 3 January 1983, is a table tennis player from West Bengal, India. She won three junior national championships (1996, 1998 and 1999) as well as seven senior national championships between 1998 and 2016.
In 1998 she won both the senior national and junior national championships. Poulomi has represented India at the Commonwealth Games at Melbourne in 2006 and the Commonwealth Championships between 2000 and 2008. She played at the Sydney Olympics when she was 16. She also played in the Indian Open finals in 2007. She started playing in 1992 and thereafter went on a successful upward learning curve.
Poulomi is ranked #22 amongst women players in India as per the 2018 rankings of the Table Tennis Federation of India.
Prajusha Maliakkal ( M. A. Prajusha )
Maliakhal Anthony Prajusha (born 20 May 1987) is an Indian track and field athlete from Kerala who competes in long jump and triple jump. She held the Indian National record for triple jump with a mark of 13.72 m. She broke the record held by Mayookha Johny by four centimeter.
Tayabun Nisha is an Indian former athlete. She has been known for her performance when she broke a national record in Discus throw in 1974 and also represented the country in several international events. She was born at Dhaiali in Sivasagar district in Assam, India.She lost her parents when she was a class VIII student. Also, belonging to a conservative family she faced many hurdles during her early days to take part in sports. But these hurdles couldn’t prevent her from achieving goals. In 1971 she took part in the 9th Inter State Athletic Meet and made her debut in Ahmedabad. She won a bronze medal in the tournament and created history in sports becoming the first woman athlete from her state Assam, to win a medal in a national championship.In 1974 in Jaipur she broke a 12 year old national record in Discus throw. She made a throw with distance of 29.32 metre in the tournament. She also took part in 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, but missed the medal. Currently, she is planning to set up a sports academy and hostel for girls from poor families. She was also the vice-president and General Secretary of Assam Athletics Association.
Vellaswamy Vanitha (born 19 July 1990) is an Indian cricketer. She is an opening batswoman from Karnataka. In January 2014, she made her Women’s One Day International (WODI) and Women’s Twenty20 International cricket (WT20I) debut against Sri Lanka womens. Vanitha made her debut for Karnataka women’s cricket team in 2006. Her coach and mentor Irfan Sait has played an instrumental role in inculcating the required cricketing skills in her. Dilip, Naseer, Anant Dante and Rajini are the other coaches who helped her in raising her game at different points of her career.
Anju Jain (born 11 August 1974, in New Delhi) is a former Indian cricketer. She played Women’s Test cricket (8 matches between 1995 and 2003) and ODI cricket (65 matches between 1993 and 2005) for India. She was the team wicket-keeper.
She captained the Indian team in 8 ODI matches, all during the 2000 Cricinfo Women’s Cricket World Cup where India advanced to the semi-finals before losing to New Zealand.
She played for Air India women’s cricket team in the Indian women’s domestic league. The only player to have played for consecutive four world cups. Her 81 dismissals behind the wicket stands in the fourth position in terms of all-time dismissals by wicket-keepers from all countries. Jain also holds the record for playing the most number of Women’s One Dayers by keeping wicket and by opening the batting as captain(7)Anju received the Arjuna Award in 2005 for her sporting achievements from then President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, hence been declared the best sportsperson of the year in Cricket.
Bula Choudhury (born 2 January 1970, Hugli, India) is an Arjuna awardee, Padma shri awardee, former India national women’s swimming champion and elected as MLA from 2006 To 2011 in West Bengal state of India.
Harika Dronavalli (born 12 January 1991) is an Indian chess grandmaster. She has won three bronze medals in the Women’s World Chess Championship, in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Dronavalli was honored with the Arjuna Award for the year 2007–08 by the government of India. In 2016, she won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix event at Chengdu, China and rose up from world no. 11 to world no. 5 in FIDE women’s ranking. Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar and Viswanathan Anand are her chess inspirations. In 2019, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the field of sports.
Geeta Zutshi (born December 2, 1956) 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 silver medals for the 800 m in 1982, and for the 1500 m in both 1978 and 1982. As the top Indian woman athlete at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, she took the oath on behalf of the competitors during the opening ceremony. For her achievements she has been awarded the Arjuna award and the Padma Shri.
She has inspired other Indian women, such as Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to successfully climb Mount Everest. As a child, Pal began to aspire to national fame after seeing a newspaper photograph of Zutshi with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.She was coached by Mohammad Ilyas Babar. After 17 years in the United States, she returned to India in July, 2002, and took over as coach of the Indian junior athletics team (800 m and 1500 m).
Harleen Kaur Deol (born 21 June 1998) is an Indian cricketer. She plays for Himachal Pradesh. She is an attacking right-hand batswoman who also occasionally bowls right arm leg spin.
Harleen made her Women’s One Day International cricket (WODI) debut for India Women against England Women on 22 February 2019, at Wankhede in Mumbai. She became the second woman cricketer from Chandigarh to play for India after Taniya Bhatia. She made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debut against England on 4 March 2019. Harleen made her Women IPL T-20 challenge debut for Trailblazers on 6th May 2019 against Supernovas and she also contributed 100 runs partnership with Smriti MandhanaIn January 2020, she was named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Harmanpreet Kaur (born 8 March 1989) is an Indian cricketer. She plays as an all-rounder for the Indian women’s cricket team and was awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for Cricket in the year 2017 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.In November 2018, she became the first woman for India to score a century in a Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) match. In October 2019, during the series against South Africa, she became the first cricketer for India, male or female, to play in 100 international Twenty20 matches.
Heena Sidhu (born 29 August 1989) is an Indian sport shooter. On 7 April 2014, Sidhu became the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in world rankings by the International Shooting Sport Federation. In 2013, Sidhu became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10-metre air pistol event. In 2014, Sidhu was the World record holder in the 10-metre air pistol event with a final score of 203.8. Sidhu is right handed and is right eye dominant.
Madhumita Bisht (born Madhumita Goswami on 5 October 1964 at Jalpaiguri) is a former badminton player from West Bengal, India. She is an eight-time National singles champion, nine-time doubles winner and a twelve-time mixed doubles winner. She represented her country in the 1992 Olympics in Women’s singles discipline.
Nisha Millet (born 20 March 1982) is a swimmer from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Nisha Millet, and the Arjuna Award winner, was the only woman in the 2000 Sydney Olympics swim team for India.
Punam Ganesh Raut (born 14 October 1989) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team.On 15 May 2017, in an ODI verses Ireland, Raut set a world record opening partnership of 320 runs with Deepti Sharma, contributing 109. This beat both the standing women’s record of 229 (by Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins of England) and the standing men’s record in ODIs of 286 (by Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka).Poonam Raut was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.
Razia Sheikh is an Indian former track and field athlete, who competed in javelin throw. She was the first Indian woman to cross the barrier of 50 metres, which she did at the 1987 South Asian Games. She represented India at two editions of the Asian Games (1982 Delhi and 1986 Seoul).
Sandhya Agarwal (born 9 May 1963) is a former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. She hails from Indore. She played in 13 Test matches from 1984 to 1995, scoring 1110 runs at a batting average of 50.45, including 4 centuries. She reached her top score of 190 against England in 1986, beating Betty Snowball’s score of 189 that had held the record in women’s Test cricket since 1935. However, her mark was passed by Denise Annetts, who scored 193 in 1987.
Sarjubala Devi (born 1 March 1993) is an Indian woman boxer from Manipur and represented India at the 2016 Rio Olympics. After being awarded as the Best Boxer at Youth World Women Boxing Championship organised at Turkey, the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) announced support for Sarjubala Devi in 2012. She is referred to as the next Mary Kom. She used to be part of the 48 kg category but recently changed it to 51 kg category. After the change she claimed a Gold Medal at the National Women’s Boxing Championship 2018 (Fly category). She also won the Best Boxer award at the 7th Youth Women National Championship in Patiala and in the 14th Senior Women Boxing Competition.
Seema Punia-Antil (born 27 July 1983) is an Indian discus thrower. Her personal best throw is 62.62 m (205.4 ft), achieved at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas (California) in the US. Antil originally won a gold medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships, but she lost it due to a positive drugs’ test for pseudoephedrine. As per the rules in force at that time for such an offence, her National Federation issued her a public warning after stripping her of the medal. She won a bronze medal at the next World Junior Championships in 2002.
Tania Sachdev (born 20 August 1986) is an Indian chess player, who holds the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is also a chess presenter and commentator. Sachdev has presented a Fritztrainer Strategy DVD for Chessbase and was a member of the official commentary team for the 2013 (Chennai) World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. 2019 Commonwealth Women’s Champion (Defended her title).
Lovlina Borgohain (Assamese: লাভলীনা বৰগোহাঁই) (born 2 October 1997) is an Indian amature boxer and an Olympic medal winner. She won a bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics (Tokyo) in the Women’s welterweight event, becoming only the third Indian boxer to win a medal at the Olympics. She also won bronze medal at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She won the gold medal at 1st India Open International Boxing Tournament held in New Delhi and silver medal at 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament held in Guwahati.
Borgohain is the first female athlete and the second boxer from Assam to represent the state in the Olympics. In 2020, she became the sixth person from Assam to receive Arjuna Award.
Anuradha Biswal (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian track and field athlete from Odisha who specializes in 100 metre hurdles. She holds the current national record of 13.38 seconds for 100 m hurdles. Anuradha set this record on 26 August 2002, during the DDA-Raja Bhalendra Singh National Circuit meet held at the Nehru Stadium in Delhi. She bettered her own record of 13.40 seconds clocked at the Asian championships in Jakarta on 30 July 2000. She won a bronze medal for her performance in Jakarta. She is working with NALCO in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Bobby Aloysius (born 22 June 1974) is an Indian athlete from Kerala, who competes in the high jump event. Currently, she is residing in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She held the Indian and South Asian records in high jump between 1995 and 2012 of 1.91m. Bobby participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics, won silver in 2002 Busan Asian Games and won gold in the Jakarta Asian Championships.
Chekrovolu Swuro (born 21 November 1982 in Dzulhami Village, Phek district, Nagaland) is an Indian archer. She represented India in archery in the 2002 Asian Games and 2006 Asian Games held at Busan, South Korea, and Doha, Qatar, respectively. She was a member of the silver medal-winning team in the 2011 World Archery Championships, held at Turin, Italy. By winning a silver medal in the team event at the 2011 World Archery Championships in Turin, she qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in both women’s individual and team archery.
Dola Banerjee ( born 2 June 1980) is an Indian sportswoman who competes in archery. Dola Banerjee became world champion in archery by winning the gold medal in the women’s individual recurve competition at the archery world cup held at Dubai, in November 2007. Dola Banerjee is the second woman archer to be honored with the Arjuna award by the Government of India in 2005.
Geetika Jakhar (born 18 August 1985) is an Indian wrestler. Geetika comes from a family of sportspersons. She got Arjuna Award – 2006. She is the only women wrestler in the history of Indian sports to be judged the Best Wrestler of the 2005 Commonwealth Games and also who won medals at Asian Games 2006 and 2014 respectively. Geetika is the first women wrestler being awarded with the Arjuna Award by Government of India in 2006. She is also a proud recipient of Bhim Award by government of Haryana. For her extraordinary achievements in the field of sports, the government of Haryana has appointed her to the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2008.
K. M. Beenamol
Kalayathumkuzhi Mathews Beenamol, popularly known as K. M. Beenamol (born 15 August 1975), from Kombidinjal, Idukki district, Kerala is an international athlete from India. Beenamol also made history with her brother K. M. Binu, when they became the first Indian siblings to win medals in a major international competition. Binu won a silver medal in men’s 800m race.
Karman Kaur Thandi
Karman Kaur Thandi (born 16 June 1998) is an Indian tennis player. Thandi has career-high WTA rankings of 196 in singles, as of 20 August 2018, and No. 180 in doubles, as of 14 January 2019. Thandi participated in the 2018 Asian Games, with Divij Sharan in mixed-doubles event. They defeated Filipino pairing of Marian Jane Capadocia and Alberto Lim jr in their first match in the Games. But the pair was ousted in third round.
Kavita Tungar (née Raut on 5 May 1985) is an Indian long-distance runner from Nashik, Maharashtra. She holds the current national record for 10 km road running with a timing of 34:32 as well as the current national record in the half marathon with a timing of 1:12:50. She won the bronze medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the first individual track medal by an Indian woman athlete at the Commonwealth Games. She also won the silver medal in 10,000 metres race at the 2010 Asian Games.
Krishna Poonia (born 5 May 1977) is an international gold-medalist Indian discus thrower, track-and-field athlete, 3 times Olympics participant, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award recipient, politician from Congress party and the current MLA from Sadulpur constituency in Rajasthan. She participated in 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. In 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, she won a gold medal. She has the current National Record for the longest discus throw of 64.76 meters.
Nameirakpam Kunjarani Devi (born 1 March 1968) is the most decorated Indian sportswoman in weightlifting. Kunjarani has had better luck in the Asian Weightlifting Championships to which she has been a regular visitor. Starting with one silver and two bronze medals in the 1989 edition in Shanghai, she progressed to three silver medals in the 44-kilogram class in the 1991 edition in Indonesia. She retained her second spot in the next one in Thailand in 1992 and China in 1993. Her best performance came in the 1995 competition in South Korea where she won two gold and one bronze in the 46-kilogram category. In 1996 she settled for two silver and one bronze in the championship held in Japan.
Mona Meshram is an Indian cricketer. She is a right handed Batswoman and right-arm medium bowler. Meshram was a part of the Indian team to reach the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup Final at Lords. India were all out for 219. They lost to England by nine runs.
Neelam Jaswant Singh
Neelam Jaswant Singh (born 8 January 1971 in Farmana) 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 the banned stimulant pemoline in an in-competition test.In the year 1998, Neelam Jaswant Singh won the bronze medal at the Bangkok Asian Games. In the Kosanova International Athlete Meet held at Almaty (Kazakhstan), Neelam J. Singh has to her credit a gold medal performance. In August 2000, she also won a gold medal at the ATF that took place in Jakarta. But with a throw of 55.26 metres, she failed to make a mark in the Sydney Olympics. She has been married to her coach Jaswant Singh. Neelam is employed with the Railway Coach Factory in Kapurthala and was awarded by the Punjab Government in the year 1996. Recognizing her talent the Indian Government conferred her Arjuna Award in the year 1998.
Pritam Rani Siwach
Pritam Rani Siwach (born 2 October 1974) is a former captain of the Indian women’s hockey team. In 2008, she was recalled to join the team for the Olympic qualifiers in order to bring an “additional wealth of experience.” After the team did not qualify for the Olympics, Siwach stated in an interview, “We are not that bad as the results would show. It was simply a case of missed chances […] One difference between my times and now is the midfield. We had an experienced midfield with Sita Gussain at the centre. That helped us. Here, both T. H. Ranjita and Rosalind Ralte are young, just come into the team. They are potential youngsters, will only improve.” She last played with the team when it won the Gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She currently runs an academy and is training to become a coach.Siwach received an Arjuna Award in 1998.
Rahi Jeevan Sarnobat is a female athlete from India who competes in the 25 meters pistol shooting event. She won her first gold medal at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. She is the first woman to win a gold medal in shooting in an Asian Games for India – she won the gold at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in the women’s 25 meter pistol event. She had won two gold medals in 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, the first of the two golds in coming in the 25m pistol pair event with Anisa Sayyed. She had previously won gold in the 25 m pistol event at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games which were held in India.Rahi hails from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. Her inspiration is fellow Maharashtrian and 50m rifle pro World Champion Tejaswini Sawant. Sarnobat became India’s first pistol shooter to win a gold medal in the World Cup when she won the 25m pistol event in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, she won gold in the women’s 25-metre pistol.
Reeth Abraham is an athlete from Bengaluru, India and former Asian medalist in long jump and 100 meters hurdles and the former national champion in heptathlon. She won the Arjuna Award in 1997 and the Rajyotsava Award in 1983. Reeth had a long athletic career spanning over 15 years (1976–1992). At the national level championships, she won 16 Gold and 11 Silver medals.
Reeth is an active athlete and competes regularly in the World Masters events and won medals. She is the current World and Asian Masters Champion in Triple Jump in her age category. She is the joint convenor of Clean Sports India. She is very active in promoting fitness among people and active lifestyles. She actively promotes various running events and Marathons in India. She has been the Brand Ambassador of Bengaluru’s only Marathon – Shriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon since 2014. She is the Director of NEB Sports Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Santhi Soundarajan (also spelled Shanthi Soundararajan,Tamil: சாந்தி சௌந்திரராஜன், born 17 April 1981) is an Indian track and field athlete. She is the winner of 12 international medals for India and around 50 medals for her home state of Tamil Nadu. Shanthi Soundarajan is the first Tamil woman to win a medal at the Asian Games. She competes in middle distance track events. She was stripped of a silver medal won at the 2006 Asian Games after failing a sex verification test which disputed her eligibility to participate in the women’s competition.
Sharmila Nicollet (born 12 March 1991) is an Indo French professional golfer from Bangalore, India. Nicollet has represented India at the Asian Games at Doha 2006 and in Asia Pacific Junior Golf Tournament, played at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, the Queen Sirikit Cup at Japan, the Malaysian Open and other international tournaments.
Flight Lieutenant Shikha Subas Pandey (born 12 May 1989) is an Indian cricketer and officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF). She plays for the national cricket team as a right-arm medium pacer and middle-order batter, and is an IAF air traffic control officer.Pandey made her international Twenty20 (T20) debut on 9 March 2014 against Bangladesh at Cox’s Bazar cricket stadium in Bangladesh. In August of the same year, she made her One Day International cricket (ODI) and Test cricket debuts against England at Wormsley and Scarborough, respectively.
Shikha Tandon (born 20 January 1985) is a champion swimmer from Bangalore, India. Tandon has won 146 national medals, and 36 medals in international competitions, including five gold medals. Currently, she is a member of USADA’s science team, who assists in the daily operation, development, and maintenance of the resources, reporting, and projects critical to USADA’s scientific initiatives.
Shiny Wilson (nee Abraham, born 8 May 1965) is a retired Indian athlete. She has been a National Champion in 800 metres for 14 years. Shiny Abraham Wilson (Shiny Abraham) represented India more than 75 times in international competition. She holds the added distinction of representing Asia in four World Cups, She is also perhaps the only athlete to have taken part in six Asian Track & Field Meets in a row beginning 1985 in Jakarta. During this period she won seven gold, five silver and two bronze medals in the Asian competitions. She collected a total of 18 gold and two silver medals from the seven South Asian Federation (SAF) Meets she has competed.
Shubhangi Kulkarni (born 19 July 1959) is a former Indian cricketer and one of the game’s most successful administrators. She received India’s highest sporting honor, the Arjuna Award in 1985. She was the secretary of the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) when WCAI was merged into BCCI in 2006.She was a leg-spinner and a useful lower order batsman. She represented Maharashtra women’s cricket team in women’s domestic cricket and made her international debut in India women’s cricket team’s first women’s cricket series against West Indies women’s cricket team in 1976.
Soma Biswas (born 16 May 1978 in Ranaghat) 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 another silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha. She won the 110m hurdles, the 200m and the 800m during that heptathlon. Biswas worked with Kuntal Rai and several foreign coaches.
Stephanie “Stephie” D’Souza, nee Sequeira (26 December 1936 – 11 September 1998) was a sportsperson who represented India in athletics and women’s hockey. Stephanie “Stephie” D Souza, inheritably Sequeira, was born on 26 December 1936. She studied at the Sardar Dastur Girls School at Pune, and later shifted to the Fergusson College to do her graduation.She worked with Central Railways (Pune Division). After her marriage, she shifted to Jamshedpur.
Sushma Verma (born 5 November 1992) is an Indian cricketer. She started her national-level career as a wicket-keeper and right hand batswoman in the India women’s national cricket team. After the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup game, the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh offered her a post of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Murugesan Dickeshwashankar Thirush Kamini (born 30 July 1990) is an Indian cricketer who has played 39 women’s one-day internationals for the Indian women’s cricket team. Thirush kamini started playing at the age of six when her father found her interest in cricket and is being coached by him ever since. She went on to represent Under 16 Tamil Nadu state at the age of 8 and represented Senior state at the age of 10. When she was 15 she represented Under 21 India that toured Pakistan and won Player of the Match. She went on to represent INDIA at the age of 16 and won the Player of the Series in her debut tournament. In 2007, she won the Allan Border Gavaskar scholarship and got the opportunity to train at the Centre of Excellence, Brisbane, Australia.
Krushnaa Patil is an Indian mountaineer. In 2009, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Indian woman to successfully ascent Mount Everest, earth’s highest mountain. She is also the first civilian woman from Maharashtra to scale the peak.
Her record of the youngest Indian to climb Everest has subsequently been surpassed by younger mountaineers. In 2010, Krushnaa attempted to ascent the Seven Summits. Her last summit on Mount McKinley had to be abandoned due to technical reasons, leaving her one short of completing the feat.
Neetu David is chairperson of BCCI women’s selection committee & former left-arm spinner who played for the India national women’s cricket team.David is India’s third highest wicket taker in Tests and their second highest wicket-taker in One Day Internationals. She also has the best innings bowling analysis in women’s Test matches, having taken 8 for 53 versus England Women in 1995. David was the first bowler for India to take 100 wickets in WODIs.David retired from international cricket in 2006, but reversed that decision in 2008.
Pranjala Yadlapalli (born 30 March 1999) is an Indian tennis player. On 22 October 2018, she achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 280. On 20 August 2018, she peaked at No. 232 in the doubles rankings. Yadlapalli has won three singles titles and six doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit. On the ITF Junior Circuit, she reached a career-high combined ranking of 15, on 4 January 2016. Yadlapalli made her Fed Cup debut for India in 2018.
Purnima Rau, (born 30 January 1967 in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh) is an Indian ex-cricketer. She played Women’s Test cricket (5 matches between 1993 and 1995) and ODI cricket for India (33 matches between 1993 and 2000). She captained Air India Women’s cricket team in Indian domestic women’s cricket. She captained the Indian team in 3 Test matches and 8 ODI matches.
Rajeshwari Gayakwad (born 1 June 1991) is an Indian cricketer. She made her debut in international cricket in a one day international against Sri Lanka on 19 January 2014. She is a right-hand batswomen and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. She played in one test match against South Africa.
Yumnam Renu Bala Chanu
Yumnam Renu Bala Chanu (born 2 October 1986) is an Indian woman weightlifter, hailing from Koiamgei Mayai Leikoi village located near Imphal. She secured a gold medal in the Women’s 58 kg category at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Veda Krishnamurthy (born 16 October 1992) is an Indian cricketer. She made her debut in international cricket at the age of 18 in a one day international against England Women at Derby on 30 June 2011. Krishnamurthy went on to score 51 runs in her ODI international debut. She is a right-handed batter and bowls right-arm legbreak.
Pinki Pramanik (born 10 April 1986 in Purulia) is an Indian track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres and 800 metres. Pramanik had success with the national 4×400 metres relay team, winning silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2006 Asian Games, and gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games. She won three gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games, winning the 400 and 800 m events, as well as the relay.
Her first success was winning two bronze medals at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships when she was 17 years old. She was chosen to represent Asia at the IAAF World Cup. Domestically, she has won three times at the All-India Open National Championships. A series of injuries and a car crash meant that she rarely competed after 2007.
Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (born 25 March 1979) is an Indian chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster, the first female player in her country to achieve these titles. She has won more medals than any other player for India in the Chess Olympiads. She has won almost all national age group titles, including the senior title.
M D Valsamma
Manathoor Devasia Valsamma (born 21 October 1960) is a retired 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. Valsamma also appeared in the Spartakiad 1983 in Moscow, the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Islamabad fetched her bronze in the 100 metres, a Silver in the quarter-mile and the Gold m the 4 x 400 metres relay.
Mary D'Souza Sequeira
Mary D’Souza Sequeira (born 18 July 1931) is an Indian female Olympian who competed internationally in track and field and field hockey. She competed in the women’s 100 metres at the 1952 Summer Olympics. D’Souza won a bronze medal in the 200 metres and a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the 1951 Asian Games with Pat Mendonca (her cousin), Banoo Guzdar and Roshan Mistry.D’Souza won a gold medal in the 1954 Asian Games in Manila in the 4x100m relay, with Stephie D’Souza, Violet Peters and Christine Brown in a time of 49.5 seconds.
She held the Asian records in 200 and 200 meters in 1956. Was selected to go to the Melbourne Olympics, but the Indian Government said they had no funds for a women’s team.
She is the First Indian Double International. Played Field Hockey for India in 1953 in Folkestone, England, In 1956 in Australia, IWFHA International Tournament and in test matches vs Japan and Ceylon.