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5 Most-Followed Sports In India: Football ranked 2nd in the list

With over 1.39 Billion people, India is the world’s second-most populous country in the world. India is home to not only a vast population but also passion and obsession. Despite having diversified choices, there are a few places with concentrated likings. One of such things is sports. With the presence of innumerable options, there are several sports that are immensely loved by the Indian audience. Let’s have a look at the top 5 sports in India.

5. Kabaddi

Kabaddi is a contact team sport. Played between two teams of seven players. The objective of the game is for a single player on offense, referred to as a “raider”, to run into the opposing team’s half of the court, touch out as many of their players and return to their own half of the court, all without being tackled by the defenders in 30 seconds. Points are scored for each player tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider. Players are taken out of the game if they are touched or tackled, but are brought back in for each point scored by their team from a tag or a tackle.

4. Field Hockey

Field hockey (or simply hockey) is a team sport structured in standard hockey format, in which each team plays with eleven players in total, made up of ten outfield players and a goalkeeper. Teams must move a hockey ball around a pitch by hitting it with a hockey stick towards the rival team’s shooting circle and then into the goal. The match is won by the team that scores the most goals. Matches are played on grass, watered turf, artificial turf, synthetic field, or indoor boarded surface. Also read: Kylian Mbappe Cars Collection – List of All Mbappe Cars

3. Badminton

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are “singles” (with one player per side) and “doubles” (with two players per side). Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the other team’s half of the court. Also read: NBA Sponsors 2023-2024 List

2. Football

Football in India is the ‘sleeping giant’ of the footballing world. Even though the country consisted of the largest viewership for the world football, the Indian Football Team is ranked 105th in the world. If we take the population of India into consideration, not being able to qualify for World Cup even once is a big failure. This is a professional as well as an institutional failure. The Europeans however have made efforts that has made the entire young generation of India to go berserk about football! Following the example set by European clubs, India has its own football league now, the Indian Soccer League (ISL).

1. Cricket

The fan-following of cricket in India is unparalleled. It is followed religiously by almost every person in the country. Celebration after wins is like a little festival. There are many reasons behind the sustained popularity of cricket. One of it being the regular telecast of cricket matches by channels. India’s performance in cricket has a huge role to play in its sustained popularity. Owing to this, they often land with huge sponsorships.

These were the top 5 sports in India. Share your views with us on this topic in the comment. Also read: Craig Carton Net Worth 2023, Salary, Houses, Properties, Charities, Etc

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Shruti Mishra
Shruti Mishra
Shruti Mishra, An Undergraduate Student from a renowned Industrial City Jamshedpur, exploring her passion for writing about different sports.

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