Over the decades, India’s performance across various sporting disciplines, in comparison to other nations, has been somewhat average.
Primarily a cricket-crazy nation, India does enjoy notable affluence when it comes to talent, but statistics paint a different picture. Change being the only constant, years of domination in hockey, too, came to an end in the latter half of the previous century.
Moving forward, the possibilities are endless. It is a known fact that Indians are genetically better equipped to excel in certain sports, given they put in enough hard work and heart into their training and big-stage displays.
Let us now take a look at 5 such sports:
Four decades ago, the Amritraj brothers put India on the tennis map of the world.
In 1996, it was Leander Paes’ men’s singles bronze at the Atlanta Olympics which revived our cause and foretold of a glorious age on the horizon.
Twenty years later, we still haven’t had one Indian break into the Top 10 ranks, leave alone winning a Grand Slam Title in the Men’s or Women’s category in singles’ tennis. A country as big as India, despite tennis being a fairly popular sport in the urban areas, hasn’t produced a Singles’ champion till date.
As of today, Somdev Devvarman has been in the fray for a while and youngster Yuki Bhambri's efforts show glimpses of promise, but making the Top 100 in their category, surely, isn't enough.
That there is no dearth of talent has been proven by the formidable doubles’ partnerships formed by the likes of Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna at the international level. For our stars to replicate that success in singles, however, is what we remain so eager to see.