Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India

Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India: Hi there! This is Siddik, back again with a fantasying topic related to Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India. The Sports are a valuable part of Indian culture. Various sports are played by Indian. Here I am going to share top 5 most popular sports which are loved by Indian. The sport is for youths who want to make their career and are interested in this field. People, who involved the sports, generally he/she became healthy. It plays a great role in a human personality. So that, it is a part of Indian education system.

Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India1. Badminton

Badminton is a cosmopolitan historical game. The badminton was developed in England but nowadays it is mainly played in Asian’s counters such as India, China, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea. It was played in the middle 19th century by British military officer in Pune, India.  The first written rules were arranged in 1877 by Bath Badminton Club. The first Badminton competition was held in 1899 in the world. In 1992, it becomes an Olympic game.  Racket, Net, Shuttlecock, Line Court and Badminton shoes are required for Badminton.

The Badminton is the second most popular sport in India after the Cricket. It is managed by Badminton Association of India (BAI) which was set up in 1934 in New Delhi. India has won a good success in Badminton at the national level.  In 2015, Saina Nehwal (Indian women’s single player) was ranked first. Saina who have won an Olympic bronze medal in 2012, is the first Indian Badminton player. Pullela Gopichand and Prakash Padukone both won the All England Open in 2001 and 1980 respectively.

2. Field Hockey

Field Hockey or Hockey is an outdoor game played by two opposing teams of 11 players including the goalie is one of the best game under “Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India“. In the middle ages, it was played in England, Scotland, France, and Netherland. Field Hockey can be played on a grass field or an indoor board. Nowadays this game is played globally. There is a depiction in Ancient Greece (510 BC) of a hockey-like a game which was played with a horn and a ball. A similar game was played using a wooden stick and a ball in East Asia in 300 BC. The people of China and Inner Mongolia have been playing beikou (a game similar to field hockey) for about 1000 years. A similar game like field hockey called suigan was played in China during the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). There was a similar game like field hockey named khido khundi in the 17th century in Punjab in India. There is no clear meaning as hockey. We believe that it was recorded from Edward-III (A king in England) in 1363. The modern field hockey game grew from England Public School in the 19th century.

The first non-European team in the International Hockey Federation was the Indian Hockey Team. They won its first Olympic gold medal in 1928. This team has won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in Olympic still now. Golden Girls of Hockey (Indian Women’s Hockey Team) represents in international field hockey competitions. This team is ranked 10th in the FIH World Ranking. Rani Devi received the “Most promising young player of the Tournament” award in 2008 during Olympic.

3. MotorSport

Once a French newspaper organized a race from Paris to Rouen in 1894. The European countries organized Grand Prix race over closed courses after World War I. After World War II the Grand Prix race becomes popular and stock car racing and drag racing was established in the United States. It was a demonstration event at summer Olympics in 1900. Formula racing is globally classified as specific formula series. The most one formula is “Formula One”.  Others are Formula 3, Formula Ford, Formula Renault, Formula 5000, Formula two etc.

Motorsport is one of the most popular games in the nation of India. India is the home of the Formula one term. Narain Karthikeyan who completes in a NASCAR series was the first Indian formula one racing driver. The Federation of Motor Sports Club of India managed Motorsport in India.

Top 5 Most Popular Sports in India

4. Chess

Chess is played on a chessboard by two players. 16 pieces (1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, 8 pawns) are used in this game. Millions of people in worldwide interest to chess.  It is true that chess is originated in India before the 17th century. At first, Wilhelm Steinitz has won the title in 1886, recognized by World Chess Champion. FIDE is the international governing body since 1948. FIDE awards life-time master title to skilled players. Nowadays chess is also played by Computer using online.

Indian has a great interest about chess. Viswanathan Anand (male) and Harika Dronavalli are worlds No. 11 and World No. 13 with a rating respectively. In India, All India Chess Fedaration is the governing body for this game.

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5. Cricket

Cricket is the most interesting game in the world and it is the most played game under “top 5 Most Popular Sports in India“. Cricket is played on a cricket field between two teams of eleven players with a bat and a ball. It was played in South –east England in the last 16th century. In the 18th century, it became a national sport in England. It has developed globally in the 19th century. The first international matches have been played in 1844 and the test cricket began from there.  ICC (International Cricket Council) is the international governing body. The expert opinion that cricket was played by children who are living in South-east England.  The world cricket has been coming from the old English word “creag” but some expert believes that it has been coming from “craic” i.e “fun and games in general”.  Before the 17th century, it was played by only children. There is some reference to cricket: in 1611, two men were prosecuted for playing cricket on Sunday instead of going to church in Sussex. 59-year-old John Derrick says that he and his school friends had played cricket when they attended the Free School in 1597.

Cricket is the most popular game in India. All Indian love cricket, it is proved when IPL come.  It is played in almost every street of India.Indian cricket team won Cricket World Cup in 1983 and 2011. In 2007 it won World Twenty20. Indian also won ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 and 2013. BCCI manage IPL (Indian Premier League) which is a Twenty20 cricket competition over deferent eight Indian cricket teams. The first match was played in 1864 which was Madras vs Calcutta. The British Raj vs the East India Company cricket match was played in 1918, it was a historical cricket match. During the 1980s, India cricket team had some great star such as Mohammad Azharuddin, Dilip Vengsarkar, and Ravi Shastri. This time India won Asian Cup (1984). John Wright is the first foreign coach in India. The Indian Sub-continental team to win at the WACA in January 2008 against Australia. In the 21st century, India has some also bright star named Sachin Tendulkar,  Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid.

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