From Popular Sports to Emerging Not-So-Popular Arenas for the Women of IndiaApr 06, 2018
Indian women are making a mark for themselves and how! It is a great time right now for our women as more and more of our champs conquer international competition in various sports. A whole new generation of girls is getting inspired by these sports superstars.
Let us take a look at some of the popular sports in which the women of our country have been ruling the roost.
Saina Nehwal became a superstar and a poster girl for many girls across the country, making this already popular sport even more desirable to the women of our country. The former world number one player is continuing to make us proud by bagging many international titles including an Olympic bronze medal.
P V Sindhu is a hotshot badminton player who is an inspiration to hundreds of girls across the country. She brought home a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. Her career-best ranking has been a world number two ranking.
Sania Mirza is one of the most popular faces worldwide in tennis. She had ruled the ranking charts from 2003 to 2013 and became a legend. Though she plays on and off these days due to injuries, she is credited with giving sports dreams to thousands of Indian women.
Geeta Phogat stormed into the international wrestling scene and bagged the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She opened the doors for many more women to take up the sport and achieve international recognition.
While our sportswomen from these sports have been in the spotlight for a while, there are some other sports in which women players are emerging as champions, opening up new arenas for the future generation of Indian women. Let us take a look at some of these sports.
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team bagged the Asia cup last year after a gap of 8 long years. Also known as the Golden Girls of Hockey, our players have been performing consistently well. Ritu Rani, the former captain of the team, is credited to have led the team to many first-time victories. Other team members like Sushila Chanu, who is the current captain, Rani Rampal and Savita Punia are also noted hockey players who are taking the sport forward.
Women’s cricket in our country has been largely neglected for many unfortunate reasons. However, Mithali Raj and her team of women, also known as Women in Blue, changed these perceptions. The captain led the cricket team to World Cup finals in 2005 and in 2017. Her batting record is one of the greatest among women players and she is the only woman to have crossed the 6000 runs mark in ODI matches. She is the leading scorer for India in ODIs, test and T20 matches.
Harmanpreet Kaur is another sensational cricket player who awed the audience with a score of 107 from 109 balls in one of the World Cup matches in 2013.
Golf is an emerging sport for the women of India. Aditi Ashok, who has won the Ladies European Tour twice already, is a rising star in international golf. She is showing the way to many more young players. In a recent interview, she said, "You can't imagine where we came from. I mean as junior golfers we had to look for old golf balls in the bushes to play with. We really have come a long way.”
But, she says that there is definitely good scope for women golfers in India and that she would love to see an Indian golfer win the Olympics in 2024.