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In pics: 7 Indian sports prodigies who make us proud

  • Interestingly, four out of these seven sports prodigies hail from the South.
  • The youngsters are from various sports and not just cricket.
  • It's Children's day - the day to celebrate their success.
In pics 7 Indian sports prodigies who make us proud
First Published Nov 14, 2016, 10:31 AM IST

One of the major testimonies to their success is the fact that they have managed to attract many youngsters for taking up sports professionally.


A country dominated by doctors and engineers is finally taking a new shape where sports are not just restricted to the games period during school. Also, the generation has not constrained themselves to just cricket; we have sports prodigy in various sports.


Here is a list of six young talents who are already excelling among their age group, giving the nation a ray of hope of doing big in the future. After all it's their day, today - Happy Children's day! 


Malavath Purna - Telangana



The 16-year-old Indian mountaineer, who hails from the  Nizamabad district has a unique record to her name. At an age of 13 and 11 months, Malavath climbed the Mount Everest, thereby becoming the youngest person to reach the summit.


She reached the peak on May 25, 2014.


Ishan Pandita - Karnataka


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The 18-year-old footballer from Bengaluru achieved something big names in India football like Sunil Chhetri and Baichung Bhutia failed to do.


He recently became the first-ever Indian to sign a professional contract with a Spanish top-tier club.  The teenager signed a year's contract with CD Leganes FC.


Praggnanandhaa R - Tamil Nadu



Walking in the footsteps of Vishwanathan Anand, the legendary chess player also from Chennai, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days.


The Chennai kid broke the 27-year-old record of Judit Polgar, widely considered the greatest woman player of all time, who was just 11 when she became an IM.


Aditi Ashok - Karnataka


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The 18-year-old golfer became the youngest winner of a Q-School for an international tour when she won the Hero's Indian Open.


She also was the first-ever Indian woman to triumph in the Ladies' European Tour title.


Pranav Dhanawade - Maharashtra



The schoolboy cricketer was the first-ever person to smash more than 1000 runs in an innings in an officially recognised match.


The 16-year-old boy, who hails from Kalyan batted two full days and finished unbeaten on 1009 runs from 327 balls, for K. C. Gandhi High School.  Impressed with his talent, the Maharashtra government has decided to fund the teenager's education and coaching expenses.


Karman Thandi -- New Delhi



The 18-year-old tennis player announced herself in the circuit by winning the U-16 WTA Futures Star in Singapore in 2014 at the age of 16. She is expected to emulate the likes of Indian stars, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes in the near future. 


Tajamul Islam - Kashmir


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The eight-year-old scripted history by winning the U-9 World Kickboxing Championship in Italy's Andria recently. She is considered the youngest-ever boxer to achieve that feat.

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