Unsung they maybe, but not entirely forgotten. Hey, there won’t be this article if these guys were absolutely forgotten. Sure people didn’t part like the Red Sea when they walked into the room but none-the-less these 10 men were a bunch of ass-kicking athletes! let us take a look at 10 Ass-Kicking Indian Sportsmen You Probably Haven’t Heard Of.
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10 Ass-Kicking Indian Sportsmen You Probably Haven’t Heard Of
10. LESLIE CLAUDIUS, FIELD HOCKEY
This one among Indian Sportsmen was initially interested in Football until he got spotted by a renowned Indian Field Hockey player (lucky him). Following Claudius’s induction into the Bengal and Nagpur Railway hockey team, they entered the Beighton Cup and finished in second position. Claudius gave up Football then and there. While he was a member, the Indian Hockey Team won the Olympic gold in 1948, 1952 and 1956 and silver in 1960. Later he also found himself wearing the captain’s hat and becaming one of India’s greatest hockey players.
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9. KHASHABA DADASAHEB JADHAV, WRESTLING
Coming from a home where wrestling was first priority in any given day, Jadhav made his parents proud like hell when at the age of 8, believe it or not, he defeated the local champion in just 2 minutes. Jadhav got national recognition for winning a bronze medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Indian to have won it. And for the next half a century, this achievement remained unbroken until Leander Paes managed to win a bronze in 1966 Summer Olympics.
8. PAAN SINGH TOMAR, RUNNING
Not as unknown as the rest of his fellow sportsmen in this list, thanks to the Irrfan Khan starrer ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ (2012) film. This man had one heck of a life journey – from a soldier to an international sportsperson to being a dacoit.
When in army, in the 1950s and 60s, he was a national-ranking athlete. For seven consecutive years Tomar won the national champion of steeplechasing. Being a celebrated as well as gifted athlete, the Indian government thought it wise for Tomar to not participate in the 1962 and 1965 wars. And you’d be surprised to know that for the last 10 years, there remains a national record of 9 minutes and 4 seconds in 3000 meter steeplechase which was made by Tomar, still waiting for someone to break it.