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Top 10 Indian players who defy age

The Bridge retraces a rich and sumptuous history in Indian sports clouded by transcendent athletes who have found a way to thrive and get better with every passing year.

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#7 Anitha Pauldurai

Anitha Paul Durai
Anitha is the first Indian woman to have played at nine Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championships continuously representing the country.

The captain of the Indian Women’s National basketball team, Anitha Pauldurai has been playing for 18 years in the national team. Anitha is the first Indian woman to have played at nine Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) championships continuously representing the country. She holds an impressive record of 30 medals in the National Championship. 

She is the youngest ever Indian woman to captain the senior national team at the age of 19 and went on to lead the national squad for eight years. Following her superlative performances for the country, she was selected to play for an international women professional league in Thailand in August 2012. Anitha had won a gold medal in the first three on three FIBA Asian Basketball Championship in Doha 2013, another gold medal at the 3rd Asian Beach Games in 2012, a gold medal at the South Asian Beach Games in 2011 and a silver medal at the Asian Indoor Games in 2009.

#6 Manavjit Sandhu

Manavjit sandhu
Manavjit won the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships, becoming the first Indian shotgun shooter to be crowned World Champion

A four-time Olympian, Manavjit Singh Sandhu is a former World No. 1 ranked Trap Shooter. He won the gold medal at the 2006 ISSF World Shooting Championships, becoming the first Indian shotgun shooter to be crowned World Champion. He has won four silver medals at the 1998 Asian Games, 2002 Asian Games, and 2006 Asian Games. He won the gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the bronze medal in the trap event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He finished 12th at the 2008 Olympics having finished tied 19th at the 2004 Olympics. He won the gold medal at the World Cup 2014 in the USA. Sandhu has also competed at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, where he finished at 16th place in the men’s trap qualification round. 

#5 Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj
Mithali had the highest score for the country in T20Is, an unbeaten 97, till Harmanpreet broke the record and got India’s maiden ton in the shortest format.

Having made her debut back in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes, Indian women’s cricket ODI team skipper Mithali Raj’s consistency has played a huge hand in the growth of cricket in the country. Amassing a total of 6720 runs in 183 innings thus far to be the leading run-getter in the format, she became the first woman cricketer to turn out in 200 ODI games. She had played a total of 89 T20Is before announcing her retirement this year. With 2364 T20I runs, she is the leading run-scorer for India in the format with Harmanpreet behind her with 2004 runs. Mithali also had the highest score for the country in T20Is, an unbeaten 97, till Harman broke the record and got India’s maiden ton in the shortest format.

Mithali shares the feat of playing for 20 years with other stalwarts of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Javed Miandad, and Sanath Jayasuriya. She played as many as 109 consecutive games between 2004 and 2013 for her country – the longest streak for any player in the format. With an unmatched combination of skill and accuracy, Mithali has scripted and rewritten various records over her international career thus far.

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