Indian Sports Stars Who were Ranked World #1 – Part 1

Less than a week ago, Saina Nehwal made history by becoming the first Indian women to reach the <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>No.1 ranking in world Badminton</a>,  and she was  quickly followed by <a title=”Sania reaches World #1″ href=”” target=”_blank”>Sania Mirza who reached the top ranking this week</a>.

Saina is also only the second Indian to do so after Prakash Padukone topped men’s rankings back in 1980. Let’s take quick look at some of the Indian sports stars that have reached the pinnacle in their respective sports.
<h2>Indian Sports Stars that have reached #1 Ranking:</h2>
<h2>#1 Heena Sidhu</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15066 size-full” src=”” alt=”Heena_Sidhu_is_one_of_Indian_sportsperson_who_have_reached_No.1_ranking” width=”660″ height=”495″ /></a> Heena Sidhu

Shooter Heena Sidhu climbed up No.1 ranking in April 2014 when she bagged silver in ISSF World Cup in USA. She was also the first Indian Pistol shooter to achieve the top ranking. Heena reached the No.1 spot by virtue of consistent performance over the years. She had bagged gold medals in 2013 ISSF World Cup held at Munich and also at the Asian Airgun Championship in Kuwait.
<h2>#2 Viswanathan Anand</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15067 size-large” src=”×400.jpg” alt=”Vishwanathan_Anand_is_one_of_Indian_sportsperson_who_have_reached_No.1_ranking” width=”589″ height=”400″ /></a> Vishwanathan Anand

Chess grandmaster Vishwananthan Anand rose to No.1 ranking in April 2007. He achieved the feat shortly after winning the Linares chess tournament in March the same year. Anand held on to his top spot until July 2008 when Russian Vladimir Kramnik snatched it away from the Indian briefly in January 2008. Anand was also a regular in the top 3 from July 1996 to October 2008.

Vishy rose to the top spot again in November 2010 and one would not count out the Indian Grand master from achieving the same feat again.
<h2><span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>#3 Gagan</span> <span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>Narang</span></h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15093 size-full” src=”” alt=”Gagan_Narang” width=”630″ height=”420″ /></a> Gagan Narang
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><span class=”TextRun SCX231843259″ xml:lang=”EN-GB”><span class=”NormalTextRun SCX231843259″>Shooter </span><span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>Gagan</span> <span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>Narang</span><span class=”NormalTextRun SCX231843259″> is another Indian who have climbed up to No.1 ranking on different instances. </span><span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>Narang</span><span class=”NormalTextRun SCX231843259″> first reached the top spot in 2005 Asian Shooting Championship for 10 metre air rifle. He repeated the feat again in 2009 ASC as well. </span><span class=”SpellingError SCX231843259″>Gagan</span><span class=”NormalTextRun SCX231843259″> also reached the top of the podium in the same event at the ISSF World Cup Finals in 2006 and 2008. Furthermore, he was ranked No.1 in 2009 World Cup in Changwon for 50 metre rifle three positions.</span></span><span class=”EOP SCX231843259″> </span></p>

<h2>#4 Pankaj Advani</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15068 size-full” src=”” alt=”Pankaj_Advani_is_one_of_Indian_sportsperson_who_have_reached_No.1_ranking” width=”636″ height=”587″ /></a> Pankaj Advani

Indian snooker player Pankaj Advani is the current world No.1 in 6-Red Snooker and World Team Billiards. He won the IBSF 6-Red Snooker Championship in 2014 on his debut and became the first Indian to do so. Further, Advani played vital part in winning first ever World Billiards Championship in August 2014 to ensure his tally of world titles reached 10.

Pankaj went on to win the World Billiards title in both formats and a long reign at the top ranking is predicted for Pankaj Advani in Billiards
<h2>#5 Saina Nehwal</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-14735 size-large” src=”×398.jpg” alt=”saina_nehwal” width=”600″ height=”398″ /></a> Saina Nehwal: On top of the world

Shuttler Saina Nehwal ascended to the top of world rankings on April 2 2015 when she won her maiden title at the Indian Open BWF Super Series. Nehwal overcame 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon in the final and became the first Indian women to reach the pinnacle spot in rankings. Saina snatched the the top ranking from China’s Li Xuerui who has slipped to third position.

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<h2>#6 Prakash Padukone</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15072 size-large” src=”×400.jpg” alt=”Prakash_Padukone_is_one_of_Indian_sportsperson_who_have_reached_No.1_ranking” width=”417″ height=”400″ /></a> Prakash Padukone

Former badminton player Prakash Padukone topped the ranking charts back in 1980. Padukone became the first Indian player to win All England Championship that year and subsequently rose to No.1 ranking in men’s badminton. He is the only Indian badminton player to do so till date.
<h2>#7 Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi</h2>
<a href=””><img class=”wp-image-15073 size-large” src=”×400.jpg” alt=”Leander_Paes_and_Mahesh_Bhupathi” width=”525″ height=”400″ /></a> Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>Tennis duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati mounted to No.1 ranking in men’s doubles in June 1999. The pair had a fruitful run as partners from 1998 when they reached semi finals in three grand slams that year. The two had an even better run in 1999 when they reached the final of all four grand slams and went on to win Wimbledon and French Open. The duo subsequently became top ranked men’s doubles.</p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”><strong>Summary</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: justify;”>So across multiple sports from shooting to tennis to badminton and chess, Indian sports has unearthed world beaters.  Keep reading Sports Rediscovered as we take you to a journey that will see many more Indians climbing to the top ranking in their individual sports. With this we wrap up part one of Indian Sports Stars That Have Reached World #1 Ranking. Stay tuned for the rest …</p>

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