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2010-2019: India’s Sports Heroes of the Decade

The 2010s was a great decade for Indian sport, with many amazing athletes leaving their mark on the international stage.

Here are just a few of the top stars to gain widespread attention and adoration over the past 10 years, pulled from across a range of sporting disciplines.

Mary Kom

While Mary Kom began the decade as one of the most decorated amateur female boxers in the world, and went on to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics as well as being ranked number 1 in her weight category, she ended it as an Indian MP, having been personally selected by the president.

Mary Kom aims at gold in her last boxing event at Rio Olympics 2016.

Coming from a poor background in an isolated part of Manipur, Kom is a true sporting success story and has even had her life story turned into a movie starring Priyanka Chopra in the title role. Becoming the subject of a big budget biopic is the surest sign that you are a sporting hero, and she has continued to be showered with accolades both domestically and internationally.

Virat Kohli

As the captain of India’s national cricket side for the majority of the decade, Virat Kohli deserves a place in the list for this impressive tenure alone. But it is not just in the context of international test matches that he has left his mark; his batting abilities have made him a great fit for Twenty20 and he has also outshone many other batsmen in terms of points scored in one day tests as well.

Virat Kohli

It is stars like Kohli who have helped to maintain cricket’s status as India’s most popular sport, and also explains why it is not just played and watched by millions but also used as an inspiration for some of the games found on Casumo casino.

All of this success has helped Kohli to become one of the wealthiest cricketers in India, with only titans of the sport including Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni managing to make more money from appearances and endorsements. Even so, his influence is only growing and he is likely to continue shaping the sport over the next 10 years as well.

P.V. Sindhu

It did not take long for P.V. Sindhu to become an icon of India’s badminton, as she was only 14 years old when she entered her first international competition and within 3 years she had managed to be ranked amongst the 20 best female players in the world.

Badminton player PV Sindhu from India

A silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio was a landmark achievement, and she has even become one of the world’s highest paid female athletes thanks to her prowess, putting her in the same category as global stalwarts like Serena Williams.

Pankaj Advani

Some sportspeople are so dominant in their chosen field that they are effectively unchallenged, and few have proven themselves so thoroughly as Pankaj Advani. He has been a force of nature in the world of billiards for almost 15 years, and at 3 points in the past decade he managed to juggle a trio of top championship titles in the sport.

Pankaj Advani

Although billiards does not enjoy the same high profile as some other activities, Advani has still been recognised with a number of accolades over the course of his career, and continues to inspire new generations of players. He has also dabbled in professional snooker, although it is billiards which remains his focus.

Mithali Raj

No other Indian cricketer has captained their country for as long as Mithali Raj, nor managed to take the national side to the ICC World Cup final twice. Her stewardship of the women’s team was a constant feature of the 2010s, and she also has set records in terms of runs scored at one day internationals, amongst other achievements.

Mithali Raj

Even at the age of 37, Raj is still aiming to win the World Cup, and has even retired from T20 to put all of her efforts into this aim.

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