India is a huge country with a population of over 1.3 billion. Sports is a vital part of any progressive society and Indian culture is no exception. The country’s unique history is shown through the large variety of mainstream and local sports played and followed by its citizens.

By far, cricket is one of the most popular sports in India. However, other sports are also prominent, including traditional Indian sports like kadabbi, football, tennis, basketball, and others. In fact, apart from the viewing popularity of these sports, they are also popular at Indian betting sites like this one: Apart from following games, India spectators like to place bets on their favourite sports teams.

The history of Indian athletes has been jaw-dropping and inspiring, to say the least. For years, India has produced some of the finest athletes who showcased glorious moments and medals in sports history.

Here are some of the most memorable moments in the history of Indian sports.

When Yuvraj Singh Swung Six Sixes

This glorious moment, during the 2007 World Twenty20 in a match against England, was all over the news and newspapers viewed pictures of Yuvraj swinging his bat seconds after smashing six sixes one after each other in a single over. After this momentous day, Yuvraj achieved his place among the most hard-hitting batsmen of all time.

Mary Kom at The Asian Games

Mary Kom, an Indian boxer, also known as Magnificent Mary, became the first Indian female boxer to win Gold at the 2014 Asian Games held in South Korea. Her performance was glorious. Besides this achievement, Mary is also the only female boxer who had won all six Championships. She is also a 5 times champion of the World Amateur Boxing. Back in 2012, Mary became the first Indian woman boxer to qualify for the Summer Olympics and she took home an Olympics Bronze Medal that very year.

Narain Karthikeyan becoming India’s first Formula One racer

Narain Karthikeyan became India’s first Formula One racer in 2005, making his debut with the Jordan team. Since this day, the team has achieved some unforgettable moments in Indian sports. Narain is related to India’s former most famous racing driver, S. Karivardhan. Following this achievement, Narain also became a Williams F1 test driver for two years and he also began stock car racing. In 2007, he also drove for the Indian A1 Team.

When the Indian Kabaddi Team won the first Kabaddi World Cup

The first Kabaddi World Cup was held in 2004 and the Indian team nailed this cup. Since 2010, the Kabaddi World Cup became an annual event and India has remained unbeaten to this date, in both gender categories. Kabaddi, as a game, owes its origin to ancient India. However, it is also largely popular in South Asia, and it is the national game of Nepal and Bangladesh.

Anju Bobby George’s jump

In the 2003 World Championship in Athletics, Anju Bobby George made a historic 6.70m long jump. She was awarded a bronze medal and became the first Indian to ever win a medal at this prestigious Championship. She also won gold at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final after the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova from Russia.

Bonus: When India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup

The Indian cricket team took the World Cup by storm after a hiatus of 28 years. The country stood as champions and this is, by far, one of the most incredible moments for sports fans in India. One cannot forget the moment in 1983 when India first won the World Cup.

Can you recall some of these great unforgettable moments?