The yearly published Forbes India Under 30 list is out. This year, among the 30 most mesmerizing and talented young people are three female and one male sportsperson. Indian athletes Jasprit Bumrah, Harmanpreet Kaur, Savita Punia and Heena Sidhu made it to 2018 Forbes India Under 30 list.

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Among the 30 under 30 most influential people of India there are three female and one male athlete this year. (Source)

Indian sportspersons Jasprit Bumrah, Harmanpreet Kaur, Savita Punia and Heena Sidhu made a proud entry in the 2018 Forbes India Under 30 list. The list prepared by Forbes is based on three broad criterias: the extent of impact of their achievements, and their ability to disrupt the status quo; scalability of the business or line of work and; their potential to stay a long-term player.

The Forbes magazine recently released their India Under 30 list where four Indian sportspersons from three different games found a spot. Surprisingly it includes three female sports stars — women cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur, shooter Heena Sidhu, goalkeeper of Indian women’s hockey team Savita Punia. The only male among the 4 sportspersons is Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

These 4 sports personalities have recently showcased exceptional performances in their respective games. They through sheer talent and performance have brought great laurels to India.

Another vital criterion for making it to the Forbes India under 30 list was not belonging to the category of well-established families/names. Also, people having access to an influential lineage were also disregarded from the list.

Let’s take a look at the contribution of the four Indian athletes mentioned in the Forbes India under 30 list:

Forbes India Under 30 Sportspersons – Savita Punia

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Savita Punia – The Indian women’s hockey team goalkeeper has single handedly won many games for India. (Source)

Savita Punia, over the years, has proven to be an important part of the Indian women’s hockey team on multiple occasions. Everybody still remembers her brilliant save against Japan, which helped India to keep the 1-0 lead and qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics. Savita Punia again came to Indian teams rescue in the Asia Cup final against China. She made a stunning save to help her side win the match and book a spot in the 2018 World Cup. Punia was also awarded the goalkeeper of the tournament for her performance.

Hailing from Sirsa, Haryana, she was inspired to take up hockey thanks to former India players like Mamta Kharab and Surinder Kaur. It has been a motivating journey ever since. In 2009, she impressed the selectors during the Junior Asia Cup and was drafted into the senior women’s team at 19. She also made two crucial saves in the penalty shootout of the bronze medal match in the 2013 edition of the Asia Cup. Then came the Hockey World League in Belgium where her excellent performance under the bar helped India finish fifth and, thus, qualify for Rio Olympics 2016, after 36 years.

Forbes India Under 30 Sportspersons – Heena Sidhu

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Heena Sidhu is the former world no 1 in Pistol Shooting.

Heena Sidhu is the shining light of Indian shooting. She is touted to win India medals at both the 2018 Commonwealth games as well as Asian games. Former world no. 1 Heena Sidhu suffered a finger injury last year, which made her fingers tremble when she tried to shoot. But, she did not give up on herself and ensured a comeback.

The Arjuna Award recipient clinched gold at the Commonwealth shooting championships in Brisbane, Australia, in October 2017. Heena is one of those modern day athletes that don’t hesitate to take a stand and have their say on various social and political issues. She made bold statements in 2014 and 2016, when she refused to travel to Tehran for the Asian Air Gun Championships. Sidhu refused because Iran had made wearing the hijab mandatory for women participants.

Heena Sidhu has been a practicing shooter since 2006 when she was in 12th standard and by the end of that year she made it into the National Junior Team and started participating in different events from 2007 and played for Patiala club.

Heena Sidhu was born on 29 August 1989 at Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Her Father Mr.Rajbir Sidhu National Shooter himself an officer in Punjab Excise and Taxation Department, Mother Rominder Kaur Sidhu and her younger brother Karanbir Sidhu have also represented India in the same event.

Heena completed her BDS (Bachelor of Dental science) in Gian Sagar Medical Institute and schooling at Yadavindra Public School, Patiala. Her Uncle Inderjit Sidhu is a professional Gun-Smith and a Guns customizer, which played the key role for her to take up shooting as a professional Sport. Her Father, being a National shooter himself, he supported her in taking up shooting as a profession. On 7 February 2013 Heena got married to Ronak Pandit who is also a pistol shooter. She now lives in Mumbai.

Forbes India Under 30 Sportspersons – Harmanpreet Kaur

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Harmanpreet Kaur is the new superstar of Indian women’s cricket team.

The next woman sportsperson on the Forbes India Under 30 list is the sensational Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet Kaur is the new superstar of Indian women’s cricket team. Kaur is praised for her cricketing genius and her ability to clear the boundaries at will.

It was due to Harmanpreet Kaur’s blistering knock of 171 in the ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final last year against Australia that helped India to reach the final. Though, India lost the nail biter against hosts England, but the match became the most watched women’s cricket match ever.

The 28-year-old Harman belongs to Punjab’s Moga, reminded memories of Kapil Dev’s historic 175 not out against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup. Kaur, who was among the 17 sportspersons named for the Arjuna Awards, not only played beautifully throughout the tournament but also reminded India that women play cricket too.

A fun fact here is that Harmanpreet is the first Indian female cricketer to sign up for the Big Bash League, with Sydney Thunder.

Harmanpreet started her cricketing from Kamaldish Singh Sodhi’s “Premier Cricket Academy.” Her phenomenal performance in the Academy led to her selection in the Moga district team through which she participated in the state tournament.

Kaur made her international debut on 7 March, 2009, against arch rival Pakistan in the 2009 ICC Women’s World Cup. On 11 June, 2009, she made her T20 international debut against England. She continued her journey with numerous brilliant innings and garnered much credit for her big hit.

Being the star of the Indian women’s cricket team, Harmanpreet is earning a good sum of money. At present, her net worth is estimated around INR 52 lakh, which she earned from playing for the national team and in Women’s Big Bash league.

Forbes India Under 30 Sportspersons – Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit had a wonderful 2017 season and took wickets in all the games he played. (Source)

The last and only male sportsperson to make it to the Forbes India under 30 list is, Jasprit Bumrah. The Indian Premier League has been the making of many a promising young player and Jasprit Bumrah is one of them. Featuring for Mumbai, Bumrah first caught the eye with an unusual bowling action. Blessed with the ability to bowl yorkers and get steep bounce off the pitch, the Gujarat pacer is arguably India’s best bowler in limited-overs cricket since making his international debut in 2016 on the Australian tour.

Jasprit made his T20 debut against Maharashtra in the 2012-13 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and helped his side clinch the title with his Man of the Match performance. His figures of 3/14 were instrumental to Gujarat’s win over Punjab in the final. The youngster was then offered a lucrative Indian T20 League contract, and Mumbai used him as a secret weapon in their very first game of the tournament. He took 3/32 and made a mark to grab instant highlight. In the subsequent year, he was again bought by Mumbai for a whopping 1.2 crores.

After great success during the Australian tour, it came as no surprise when Bumrah became the number two ranked T20I bowler in the world in 2016. In such a short span of his career, that achievement speaks volumes about Bumrah’s talent. With age on his side, the promising pacer looks set to log many limited-overs bowling records for India.

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who made his Test debut against South Africa this January, had a sensational 2017. Claiming 39 wickets in 23 ODIs last year, the 24-year old was named in the ICC’s ODI Team of The Year. He has specifically proved effective in the limited overs format in the last few years. Bumrah took a total of 14 wickets in his debut three-match Test series in South Africa.

We hope these young Forbes India under 30 achievers rise up and scale new heights in the current and upcoming years. Remember one thing; the ‘New India’ of the 21st century is incomplete without the achievements of our sportspersons. KreedOn as a sports promoter will do our best to feature as many young Indian athletes as possible and bring their life story for Indian sports fans to get motivated too and idolize these heroes.  

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Vardhan is an author who loves creativity. He enjoys experimenting in various fields. After completing his graduation, he was sure about one thing! His love for sports. He is now living his dream of being creative with words in the field of sports. He has since then always brought the latest news and updates for all the sports fans.

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