6 Most Popular Sports in India

Sports are not just the source of entertainment; they are much more than that actually. We can learn so many things from a game like how to use your strength for the good of your team or nation, how to coordinate with your team, how to learn from your defeats, how to celebrate your win without that egoistic feeling. Sports have so much to teach us.

Apart from that, we all have different interests so its certainly not possible that the whole world is going to have the love for only one game. Different people love different games but there are some games in India which are loved by million people of this democratic country.

Let us know about some of Most Popular Sports in India:


Cricket in India is more than a sport. Its the most popular game in India because of its huge fan following. Billions of people love this sport in India and they are emotionally attached to this game. Remember that special moment when India won the world cup in 2011 and in 2003 when India was defeated by Australia in the final match; I guess those were the most emotional moments for a cricket lover in India.

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This huge love for this game is financially good for the cricket board as well because BCCI i.e. Board Of Control For Cricket in India is the richest cricket board in the world cricket. And all it possible because of some really great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, Kapil Dev. Virat Kohli who is the young gun is yet another name will be in that list soon. Because of his talent that he is showing at present.


After Cricket, Soccer is the sport which people find more interesting to watch in India. In soccer, India is not so good like in cricket. India never is able to take part in the FIFA World Cup.

But from last 2 years, Indian soccer team is doing extremely well and has secured 96th rank in July 2017 after winning 13 matches consistently out of 15 & its the highest rank in last 2 decades. It is believed by many professionals that soccer is going to give a tough competition to cricket in India in upcoming years. The young generation in India is adopting this sport very quickly.


Hockey is the national sport of India but it’s not the game that people love most. Its the third most popular game in India. India is considered to be one of the strongest team in hockey. In Olympics and world cup, India always played well. Yet hockey didn’t get the place which it deserves because of lower popularity as compared to cricket and soccer.

North part of India has a serious contribution in hockey because most of the young talents are coming from northern states. Thanks to the Punjab who gave us players like Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, and Akashdeep Singh who are currently playing in the national team.


Because of some good players like Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Mahesh Bhupathi, and Leander Paes Tennis is also an inspiring sport for Indians. These four are youth icons and inspiring Indian youth to play this game for more than a decade or so.

When we talk about performance on the international level, on single events, India didn’t meet the expectations but performed really well in double and mix double events. Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes played many double events together. Maybe not so much addictive like Cricket yet Tennis has got millions of true fans in India.


It is believed that chess is originated from India so chess is another game that India has given to the world after Hockey. Well, I don’t think I need to tell you how it is played as we all know about that. Viswanathan Anand is the name you have to listen so many times on TV even if you have no interest in Chess. This man is a former World Chess Champion and is inspiring young Indians from 2 decades by his game.

He has been awarded by various national awards for his outstanding chess playing. Viswanathan Anand plays with the mind of the opponent to defeat them and there is rarely any city in India where kids don’t know about Chess and Viswanathan Anand.


Because of the great efforts by Indian govt., this game is getting some serious attention now. Pro Kabbadi League which is a franchise based league attracted so many viewers towards this game in India. Indians are enjoying this game that they never did before.

This game is growing quickly in India and it’ll have more fans in upcoming years.

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