(Last Updated on : 24/09/2014)
Group Sports in India are the ones which are played in collective union. They include Football, Cricket, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho kho etc. Hockey in India
is the National Game and is also considered to be one of the most popular games in India. It is essentially a group sport that requires swift moves and intense ability to have proper concentration. India has earned lot of recognition in all over the world by showing the excellence in the game of Hockey. Hockey in India started its journey years back. The British introduced, hockey in India in the 19th century. After this there was no looking back. Hockey in India established itself as one of the popular games.
The game of Football which is a group game is played and enjoyed by a large number of people in India. The history of Indian Football
is not that ancient, as it was brought in India by the British rulers, during the middle half of the 19th century. The game earned popularity among the Indian people within no time and since then; it has been one of the most popular and widely played sports in India. The history of Indian Football has presented a large number of glorious and memorable events that the Indian people cherish even today. The events like Mohun Bagan
winning the IFA-Shield Cup, the Indian national team winning several trophies in the Asian Games, SAF Games, reaching the Semi-Finals of Olympic Games are some of the most memorable, amongst them. Apart from the Indian National Men's Football Team, the Indian National Women's Football Team has also earned a lot of recognition and reputation in the international arena.
Indian football produced several legendary Football players so far, who have shown incredible performances on the Football field and mesmerised the whole world. The Indian Football players
have earned significant recognition and reputation in the international circuit for their extraordinary skills. Some of the legendary Indian Football players include Gostha Pal, Subimal Chuni Goswami
, Sailendra Nath Manna
, P K Bannerjee, Baichung Bhutia
, Peter Thangaraj
, Sunil Chetri
, Sangram Mukherjee, Alvito de Counha, etc. All these players have played extraordinarily on the Football field and also helped India winning many championships and bringing glory to the nation.
Women's Football in India dates back to the early 1970s. The women of Bengal started playing football during the 1970s and soon, the women from the other states also followed the feat. While 'Bend It Like Beckham' may have zoomed in panoramically the bending of archetypal societal rules to reach your goal, it even explores the world of women's football, from kick-about in the park to free kicks in the Final.
is the most popular sport in India which is recognized as the unofficial national sport of India. The development of Indian cricket has been closely tied up with the history of India. With the expansion of British rule throughout the subcontinent, the British took the game with them wherever they went. The British first introduced cricket to India in 18th century. The early history of cricket was focused largely on the large cities.
By 1900s the metros like Bombay (now Mumbai
), Calcutta (now Kolkata
) and Madras (now Chennai
) were exposed to the game. Presidency matches started in 1892-93 between the Parsis and Europeans. With the Hindus too joining in, the tournament became the Bombay Triangular in 1907-08. Almost half a decade later in 1912-13, the entry of the Muslims made it a quadrangular. In the recent era, Indian Cricket has also been considered as one of the powerhouses of Cricket in the entire world and one of the premier contributors to the development of Cricket. Apart from the Indian men, the Indian women also play Cricket for quite some time now. The Women Cricket in India
has flourished in a great way, in the recent years. Even in the recent years Cricket is gaining paramount heights.
Women Cricket In India
is another epoch in the history of group sports in India. They say the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world; the similar theory holds for the same: a bat and graces the crease in cricket. Nowadays cricket is one of the minority sports in which women can accomplish on an equitable echelon with men, compete at national level, succeed in global antagonism and donate to development and skills transfer at a local level. No longer is brute strength needed to stroke a boundary, or a fastball to bowl a wicket.
Woman have been known for centuries to catch better than men in the game of life, and today the levels of participation call for a woman's nurturing skills and renown support.
Rowing in India
is a sport that involves propelling a boat through water to cover a specific distance in the quickest possible time. Wooden sticks are used as oars by one or more people. In this game, athletes compete against each other on lakes or rivers or sometimes on the ocean, depending, of course on the type of race or discipline. In rowing the boats are actually propelled by reaction forces on the ores blades as the same is pushed against the water. This sport can be played as both competitive and recreational purposes. For the former it involves learning the technique and for the latter overall fitness plays a major role. Kabaddi and Kho-Kho
are the other group sports in India.