Future Stars of India: famous Indian teenage athletes to look out for
Over the last decade, youth sporting success and the development of home-grown talent have been big successes in some sports.
Without wasting much time now, take a look at a few potential adolescent sensations in Indian sports who have made significant advances so far, and are expected to be the greatest in their profession in the next years.
Cricket: Shafali Verma
She went to great lengths to pursue her passion for cricket, including dressing up as her brother and shaving her hair to compete in a "male-dominated sport." She is not only the most promising young player in women's cricket but also a role model for young girls to look up to in the future. Despite the sociocultural challenges that confronted Shafali in her hometown of Rohtak, she never gave up. She made her T20 debut for India in 2019 at the age of 15 years and 239 days and her knock of 73 off 49 balls a few weeks later became her the youngest Indian to reach a half-century in first-class cricket.
Football: Moirangthem Thoiba Singh
The ISL may have brought fame and wealth to Indian football, but it has also provided hope and a platform for young players to thrive. Thoiba Singh, an 18-year-old superstar, is one of several who have built a name for themselves in the last year. He is currently under contract for three years and is looking forward to his time in the ISL.
Shooting: Saurabh Chaudhary
He is widely regarded as India's best hope for a gold medal at the next Olympics and owes much of his success to his humble roots in Kalia, a small town near Meerut. Growing up, training was challenging due to a lack of space and facilities in his town, and he had to drive 15 kilometres one way to get enough practice. Given his remarkable track record at international shooting events over the last few years, surely he is a future star, without any doubt.
Badminton: Lakshya Sen
Few young people have been able to maintain consistent performances on the international stage throughout time. Lakshya Sen is one such athlete and has won several Asian Badminton competitions, including the India International Championships and the 2018 Asian Junior Championships.
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