This marks Forbes India’s sixth edition of the prestigious ranking. It features 30 young achievers spread over diverse fields like sports, marketing, entertainment, entrepreneurship, etc.
It was a record-breaking year for Hima. She won big at the U20 World U-20 Championships and Asia Games. The 19-year-old then became the country’s first youth ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) India recently.
Mandhana on the other hand, moved up three spots to attain the No.1 rank in the ICC’s updated ODI batting rankings that was released this week.
Celebrating India’s Talent
Brian Carvalho, Editor, Forbes India, explained the significance of the award.
“The odds of success have little to do with whether you are 25 or 52. It is just that starting early helps & that is why our 30 under 30 listing matters,” he said, “Team Forbes India’s 30 under 30 package is our effort to celebrate the audacity & enterprise of India’s youngest & budding talent.”
Hima Das achievements
18-year-old Hima, who hails from a village called as Kandhulimari in Dhing, Assam clinched a silver medal in the women’s 400m final of the Asian Games. She clocked at 50.79 seconds.
In the same year, Hima, along with her teammates — Poovamma, Mohd Anas, and Arokia Rajiv — won a silver in the 400m mixed relay. The Indian team clocked three minutes and 15.71 seconds to finish behind Bahrain (3:11.89).
Hima had also won gold in 4x400m women’s relay at the last Asian Games and was among the 20 recipients of the prestigious Arjuna award this year.
Last year, Hima became the first Indian to win a gold at the IAAF World U20 Athletics Championships, Finland.
During the track events, the sprinter earned India’s first-ever gold, clocking 51.46 seconds in the 400-meter women’s final.
Smriti Mandana’s successful year of records
Smriti Mandhana is another Indian athlete who has made huge progress early on in her career.
She recently scored her 4th ODI century followed by an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand.
The batswoman is also the first Indian to feature in England’s flagship T20 tournament for women. Moreover, she is only the second Indian woman to win an International Cricket Council award. Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami is the first player who was named as women’s player of the year back in 2007.
On her debut, Mandhana almost pulled off the fastest 50 in KSL’s history. She smashed as many as five sixes and three boundaries in that innings.
Earlier last year, the 22-year-old smashed the fastest 50 ever scored by any Indian player in women’s T20I cricket.
Neeraj Chopra, 21, has already come of age in 2018. Last year, he announced his arrival with gold medals at both the Commonwealth and Asian Games in the javelin throw.