Sportpersons not only bring laurels to their countries, but also will have the fans look up to them, idolize them as they grow up. There are many Indian sportspersons who represented the country in International level but only were influential to the people following the sport. Here are the list of top 5 most influential Indian sportspersons to have represented the country.

Sania-Saina

Indian Tennis ace Sania Mirza and Badminton star Saina Nehwal prompted many Indians to follow Women’s Tennis and Badminton in India. Sania, ever since she made news during the 2004 Australian Open has been very influential in attracting a lot of Indian fans to follow women’s Tennis closely. The same is the case for Saina Nehwal as these Hyderabadis were seen as a role model for aspiring a huge number of girls to take up sports as their career.

Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, who is fondly known as Dada in Kolkata has been influential as a cricketer in all parts of India especially West Bengal. Ganguly who won the hearts of people with his aggressive attitude on the field is one of the greatest ever player to have led the Indian cricket team. People in Kolkata worship him equal to God.

MC Mary Kom

Five time World Champions and 2014 Incheon Asian Games Gold Medallist MC Mary Kom has influenced lot of women as she showed them how courageous a woman should be. Hailing from the North East state of Manipur, Mary Kom had to fight against all odds to take up her career as a boxer. Her struggled has been portrayed in the biopic of the boxer which hit the screens few months back. She always prompts girls to take up sports as a career in India.

Sachin Tendulkar

“Cricket is a Religion where Sachin is the God”. This phrase is enough to tell how influential Sachin Tendulkar is.

Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand is for Indian sports more than what Sachin Tendulkar is for Indian cricket. He even made the arrogant German Dictator Adolf Hitler to wonder about him. His influence in India is massive that his birthday is celebrated as the National sports day in the country.