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Sports (First in India)


  • Indian to swim across the English Channel: Mihir Sen, 1958.
  • Woman to swim across the English Channel: Arati Saha, 1959
  • First Indian Athlete ever to win a Medal in World Championships in Athletics: Anju Bobby George, won the Bronze Medal in Long Jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris.
  • Formula One driver: Narain Karthikeyan
  • Formula One team: Force India F1
  • A1 GP race victory: Narain Karthikeyan, Zhuhai, China, 2007
  • Person to equal world record in Archery: Limba Ram, 1992
  • Person to walk across the Mongolian Gobi Desert: Sucheta Kadethankar who achieved the feat in 51 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes in 2011
  • Ashish Kumar, first Indian to win a medal in both Asian games(Nov 2010, Guangzhou(China)) and Commonwealth games (India, Oct 2010). He won Bronze medal in both games.
  • Shiva Keshavan, first Indian to win two gold medals for India in winter sports at the Asia Cup in Japan in 2011 and 2012; also a four-time Olympian and has set the new Asian speed record on ice at 134.3 km/h and track record of 49.590 seconds.
  • Santhi Soundarajan: first World Peace Sports Festival Ambassador from India and first Indian woman to win a medal at Asian Games
  • Aanchal Thakur gives India its 1st international bronze medal in skiing.
  • Navjot Kaur became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian gold medal.
  • Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold medal.
  • Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman badminton player to win an Asian Games medal.

Chess : 

  • Chess Grandmaster: Male – Viswanathan Anand, 1988
  • Chess Women Grandmaster: Female – Bhagyashree Thipsay, 1986
  • Female – Koneru Humpy – 2002; also the youngest woman to become a grandmaster, at 15 years old. (Hou Yifan of China is the youngest woman to become a grandmaster, at 14 years and 6 months)

Football :

  • First Indian footballer to play overseas: Mohammed Salim
  • First Indian football goalkeeper to play overseas: Subrata Paul
  • First footballer to be named the Indian footballer of the century (20th century): Pradip Kumar Banerjee
  • First Indian as well as an Asian to be declared best captains in the world by English FA: Shailen Manna
  • First Indian to manage a Bundesliga football club: Robin Dutt
  • First Indian to be inducted in the AFC Hall of Fame: Baichung Bhutia
  • First Indian to score the fastest goals (third fastest in the world): I. M. Vijayan

Tennis :

  • Grand Slam title: Mahesh Bhupathi (partnering with Japanese Rika Hiraki) in the mixed doubles category of the 1997 French Open
  • Woman to win a match in a Grand Slam event: Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the first round of the 1998 Australian Open
  • Woman to reach 4th round (highest as of 2009) of a Grand Slam singles event: Sania Mirza in the singles category of the 2005 US Open
  • Woman to win a Grand Slam title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi) in the mixed doubles category of the 2009 Australian Open
  • Grand Slam junior title: Ramanathan Krishnan in the singles category of the 1954 Wimbledon Championship
  • Grand Slam junior title by a woman: Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships
  • Yuki Bhambri became the first Indian to win the singles in the Junior Australian Open, when he defeated the Greek Alexandros-Ferdinandos Georgoudas in the final 6–3, 6–1 in the finals in 2009.
  • Sania Mirza became the first Indian to reach No. 1 doubles WTA ranking.

Cricket :

  • First cricket club in India: Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (1792) in Calcutta (now Kolkata)
  • First cricket stadium: Eden Gardens in Kolkata (1864)
  • Cricket tournament: the Bombay Triangular (1905–1911) which later became the Bombay Quadrangular (1912–1936)
  • Test match: against England at Lord's, 25–28 June 1932
  • First test match played in India: India vs England at Bombay Gymkhana (15–18 December 1933)
  • First test victory: against England at Madras (6–10 February 1952)
  • World Cup: At the 1983 World Cup when India beat West Indies in the finals, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev
  • First nation to win a World Cup Final on its home ground: India (ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup) final held at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
  • Winner of the first T20 World Cup: India (in 2007) against Pakistan
  • Captain in tests: C. K. Nayudu for the 1932 tour of England.
  • First Indian captain and the third in history to have led his team to victory after being enforced to follow on, against Steve Waugh's Australia in 2001–02: Sourav Ganguly
  • First Indian captain to win more than 21 test matches as a captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • ODI captain: Ajit Wadekar
  • First World Cup Runners up captain: Sourav Ganguly (2003)
  • First Indian to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket: Ravi Shastri
  • Six sixes in an over in an international match: Yuvraj Singh in a T20 match vs England
  • Cricketer to score a century in a test match: Lala Amarnath, 118 against England in December 1933 at Bombay Gymkhana grounds.
  • First Indian to score the highest runs in a World Cup: Sourav Ganguly 183 runs vs Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup Cricket.
  • Cricketer to score a double century in a test match: Polly Umrigar, 223 against New Zealand at Hyderabad in 1955–56
  • Cricketer to score a triple century in a test match: Virender Sehwag, 309 against Pakistan in Multan in 2004.
  • Indian to score an ODI century: Kapil Dev, 175* against Zimbabwe in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
  • Indian to score an ODI double century is Sachin Tendulkar, 200* against South Africa at Gwalior, 24 February 2010 (he was the first in the World to achieve this feat).
  • Indian to score three ODI double centuries and the highest individual runs in ODI is Rohit Sharma, 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
  • Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Tests: Sunil Gavaskar (first in the world to achieve this feat)
  • Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs: Sachin Tendulkar (first in the world to achieve this feat)
  • Cricketer to score 100 centuries in Test and ODIs combined: Sachin Tendulkar (he was the first in the World to achieve this feat)
  • First batsman to score 50 centuries in Test cricket: Sachin Tendulkar
  • First woman to score a double hundred in Test cricket: Mithali Raj (214* against New Zealand at Wellington, 2004); first in the world to achieve this feat
  • First Indian to score a T20 century: Suresh Raina (India vs South Africa)
  • Fastest fifty in a T20I: 50 runs off 12 balls by Yuvraj Singh (vs England in the Inaugural World T20 Championship held in South Africa, 2007)
  • Hat-trick in an ODI: Chetan Sharma against New Zealand in 1987.
  • Hat trick in test cricket: Harbhajan Singh against Australia in 2001 at Kolkata.
  • First bowler to take all 10 wickets in an innings: Anil Kumble (against Pakistan).

Olympics :

  • Olympic Team Medal: Gold in Field Hockey at 1928 Summer Olympics, Amsterdam, beating Netherlands
  • Individual Medal (in British India): Two Silver Medals by Norman Pritchard in 200 metres and 200 metres Hurdles at the 1900 Summer Olympics, Paris (This is disputed however. The IOC claims he participated for India. The IAAF records him as a participant for Great Britain.)
  • Individual Medal: Bronze by K. D. Jadhav for Wrestling at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki
  • Medal in Tennis: Leander Paes at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta
  • Individual Medal Woman: Bronze by Karnam Malleswari for Weightlifting 54 kg class, at the 2000 Summer Olympics Sydney
  • Individual Gold Medal: Abhinav Bindra in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
  • Individual Silver Medal (Independent India): Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the Men's Double Trap event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
  • Medal in Boxing: Vijender Singh in the Beijing Olympics 2008
  • Medal in Badminton: Saina Nehwal, Bronze in the London Olympics 2012
  • Back to Back Medal: Sushil Kumar, Bronze in the Beijing Olympics 2008 and Silver in the London Olympics 2012
  • Medal in Boxing Women: MC Mary Kom, Bronze in the London Olympics 2012
  • First Woman to Win an Olympic Silver Medal: P. V. Sindhu in Badminton at the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • First Woman to Win a Medal in Wrestling: Sakshi Malik Bronze in the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • First female to represent India at the Summer Olympics: Nora Polley in the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • First female to represent Independent India at the Summer Olympics: Nilima Ghose in the 1952 Summer Olympics
  • First woman to compete for India in the Winter Olympic Games : Shailaja Kumar in the 1988 Winter Olympics
  • First female flag bearer at the Summer Olympics : Shiny Abraham in the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • First female flag bearer at the Winter Olympics : Neha Ahuja in the 2006 Winter Olympics
  • First Indian Golfer : Aditi Ashok, 2016 Summer Olympics
  • First Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics: Dipa Karmakar at 2016 Summer Olympics
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