Most Popular Sports in India Other Than Cricket

There's constant question of all Indian Sports lover that "Is Cricket Overshadowed Other Sports". So let's check the Most Popular Sports in India Other Than Cricket.

Most Popular Sports in India Other Than Cricket


Kabbadi was one of the sports India is master in it. Kabbadi is originated from India itself and most oldest sports on earth. There are 7 World Cups played till date and India reach all finals of the world cups, and 6 out of them as winner. Kabbadi is now included in Asian Games too, and soon reported to be added in Olympics too.
Best Achievements: 6-Men and 4-Women World Cups
Major Interested States: Haryana, Punjab, Telangana
Major League(s): Pro Kabbadi League


Football rises in India after the inauguration of ISL in 2014. India is one of the weakest team in Asian and teams like Bangladesh and Afghanistan. India is good at this sports in 60s and 70s and started declining after the Cricket World Cup 83. India was runner up of Asia Cup in the first edition of it.  Most of the Indian Soccer Fans like to watch overseas football leagues.
Best Achievements : 2 Asian Games Gold Medalist. 
Major Interested States: West Bengal, Kerela, North East States
Major League(s): Indian Super League, Hero I-League


Hockey is India's National game and now it seems like the sports has been cursed. Hockey started the first indian premier league Premier Hockey League in 2007 it is cancelled because of the sponsors loss lot of revenue. Hockey India League started successfully but suspended after three edition. Odisa Govt supported Hockey India and now the team is in 3rd rank in the world.  
Best Achievements : 8 Olympic Gold and 1 World Cup
Major Interested States: Punjab, Orrisa, Manipur
Major League(s): Hockey India League (Suspended)


Wrestling is the most popular individual game in India. It started flourishing after the Bronze medal in Olympic 2008 by Sushil Kumar. Now India produce the most talents in the world both Men and Women. In 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 6 out of 5 Wrestlers are medalist. 
Best Achievements: 6 Olympic Medals
Major Interested States: Haryana
Major League(s): Pro Wrestling League


Badminton is flourished after the Gopichand became All England champion. Before him Prakash Padukone was the only All England Champion from India. Now India have 3 Badminton Olympic medal in Women Individual category. PV Sindhu is now considered as the most popular sportsman after Virat Kohli. 
Best Achievements : 3 Olympic Medals
Major Interested States: Andhra Pradesh
Major League(s): Premier Badminton League

Honorable Mentions: Shooting, Weightlifting and Archery.

Declining Sport in India

Tennis is the most unpopular sports now in India compared early 2000s, In the 2000s we have superstars like Mahesh Bhupatti, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes. I remember in 2004 Athen Olympics when india's men duo beat the Federar's  team, but they failed in the bronze medal match. In 2010 Asian Games Somdev Devvarman won the 2 golds including the Men's Individual. 
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