Sports have always been a way of bringing people together. India has given us many famous sports personalities. From Milkha Singh and Abhinav Bindra to Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, India has seen numerous sportspersons reach greater heights.
In 2022, when the things are slowly getting back to normal, and tournaments like Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, etc, are lined up let us look at the top 10 Indian sportspersons of 2022-23:
- Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli has now become a household name. From his aggressive playing style to his serving as the Indian Cricket Team captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he has proven his worth at every phase of his career. Now in 2022, after he has taken a step back as captain of all forms of cricket, it will be interesting to watch him play in his full form. Also, he is ranked at 80th position on Indian Express 100 most Powerful Indians list.
- Rohit Sharma
The new captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Rohit Sharma, popularly called the ‘hit machine’ is also in the list. The responsibility of taking the Indian cricket team forward is now on his shoulders. With T20 World Cup lined up in the second half of this year, watching him perform would be a great watch. Moreover, his franchise being the five times winner of the Indian Premier League would add to his capabilities. He is also ranked at 69th position on Indian Express 100 most Powerful Indians list.
- Neeraj Chopra
The Golden boy of India, Neeraj Chopra made every Indian proud by winning gold at Olympics 2021 in Javelin Throw. He gained popularity because of the win and is now preparing for World Championship, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. Ranked 50th in the Indian Express 100 most Powerful Indians list, this 24-year-old will be a great watch this year.
- Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen is a badminton player who got recognition after he got the bronze medal at 2021 World Championship. In 2022, this 20-year-old young boy defeated Loh Kean Yew in the finals of the Indian Open. He then participated in 2022 All England Open and German Open. With his constant efforts and dedication, Lakshya Sen is ranked 9 in Men’s singles. Currently, he is looking forward to playing and winning medals in Asian Games and Commonwealth Games to be held this year.
5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs no introduction. Even after retiring from all forms of international cricket, Dhoni’s popularity is still increasing. From being the best finisher to giving a tough time to the opponents in the death overs, Dhoni is performing in his full form. His latest performance in IPL 2022 shows that his age doesn’t define his game. That is why, whether he returns with IPL 2023 or not will remain the biggest question this year.
6. Lovlina Boroghain
Lovlina Boroghain is a young Indian Boxer who won a bronze medal at Summer Olympics in 2022. She is an Arjuna awardee. In 2022, she will be leading the contingent at Indian Boxing Challenge at Asian Games. Currently, she is playing her first international tournament after Tokyo Olympics at IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
7. Mirabai Chanu
Mirabai Chanu, the 49kg category Indian Weightlifter is known for her winning a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She has been awarded Padma Shree and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award for her contributions. After playing various Olympics, World Championships and National Championship, and other tournaments, Mirabai Chanu is preparing for the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games 2022.
8. PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu is a well-known name who has won two Olympic medals and five medals in World Championship. The 26-year-old star player has always been in news for all the right reasons. In 2022, she is looking forward to winning medals at the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, and Worlds Championships.
9. Saina Nehwal
According to data released by Ormax India, Saina Nehwal was positioned at number 8 in the popular sports personality in India 2022. In her career, she has a total of 441 wins. She has played various Olympic Games, World Championships, Uber Cup, Commonwealth Games, etc. She has been awarded Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, and others. In 2022, she is aiming at making her position in the squad of the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
10. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza, the tennis Champion of her time has recently announced that she will retire after playing her last tournament, i.e, US Open 2022. She is currently preparing for French Open and will be seen playing at Wimbledon after that. Playing her debut match in 2003, Sania became the first Indian player to rank under 30 in world rankings. In her whole career, she has won many tournaments. She has won Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, and others for her achievements and contributions to Indian sports.
Note: *The list does not represent the standings of sportspersons in any particular order.