Most Popular Sports in India

Cricket1) Cricket: Cricket is by far the most popular sport in India. India has produced some of the finest cricketers in the world who hold or once held various world records. India won the cricket world cup in 1983 and recently the first ever T20 world cup in 2007. In recent times, India has also emerged as the country where the maximum amount of money in Cricket is involved. The cash rich and glamorous IPL (Indian Premier League) attracts cricketers from all over the world. Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni are the highest earning crickers (by way of prizes and endorsements) in the world as of 2010.

Cricket popularity

Football (Soccer)2) Football (Soccer): Soccer is second most popular sport in India. Despite the fact that the Indian soccer team stands at around 139th position in the world according to FIFA rankings (2010), the sport has many fans in the country, especially in certain regions like West Bengal, Goa and many states in North-East India. There are only a handful FIFA approved stadiums in the country.

Football (Soccer) popularity

Field Hockey3) Field Hockey: Field Hockey is the national sport of India In the Olympics, India is the most successful country in men's field hockey (as of 2012).

Field Hockey popularity

Badminton4) Badminton: Badminton is a very popular hobby sport in India. Recently, India has achieved good success at International level in the arena and hence it is also becoming a popular professional sport.

Badminton popularity

Tennis5) Tennis: Tennis has long been a popular sport in India. Though India has not been a powerful force in the singles event, it has often done very well in the doubles and mixed doubles category. As of 2010, Leander Paes and Sania Mirza are among the most successful male and female tennis players in the country. A decade or two ago, tennis courts were a rarity even in big cities but that has slowly changed. These days, it is not hard to find tennis courts in educational institutes, big apartment complexes and clubs in Indian cities.

Tennis popularity


JP said on 2017-02-21 12:56:01:

I think this method of measuring sports popularity is very scientific. Thanks for putting it up!

this is a ducked up list wrestling ,basketball,motorsports .golf, no one cares about these sports in india they should not even feature in these lists i dont know which illogical and foolish mind made this list

-Abhay Singh

Love to see this number :-)

Although I'm an all sports lover, I love cricket to the max.
My order to watch would be like this

Cricket--Probably there needs no explanation as I'm from India. :-)

Football(soccer) only at the time of worldcup, Euro, and at times ( for EPL and EUFA)

Tennis followed very well at the time of only grandslams(AUS, Wimbledon, French and US Opens).[But this sport is seen when top 4 ranks play these days, ie Nadal, Federer, Murray, Medvedev..Djokovic etc. After Sampras, Agassi, Chang, Rafter era this has become weak in India till Federer and Nadal reached prime states. And in woman after Steffi, Sanchez, Pierce, Monica, Martina Hingis and to an extent Williams' sisters (though they are still there) era probably its not followed by many. And these days it has become fashion parade :-).

Then you have Field Hockey although many love it there is no craze these days due to poor show by the national team for decades. But people will throng the stadiums when National team plays. And I guess people will not surf net for this for many reasons.

Then you have

table tennis,
Chess and caroms although they dont come unders sports as such :-)

And you have selected people for sports like
Snooker, Billiards, Golf, Polo, Grandpix

When it comes to play

Apart from Cricket, what people love to play are
Basketball(mostly at student level)
Table Tennis,

thank you,


cricket rocksssssssssssssssssss and football suckssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

-Kapil Bhardwaj94

wt abt hockey????

-Shah rukh Khan

Thanks for the reply and explanation. I can see the difficulties in collecting the kind of data and stats i was expecting, but i understand that it's an ongoing project and will evolve over time. I wish you all the very best and I hope to see more inclusive data being used in future.


Field Hockey is certainly much more popular in India than soccer or football.. by any standards you might want to employ.. not more than 0.1% of the population would be able to name even 1 American football team.. and i am not able to connect to the site using my facebook a/c due to site error... "An error occurred with Most Popular Sports. Please try again later."


Field Hockey is certainly much more popular in India.. by any standards you might want to employ..

and i am not able to connect using my facebook a/c..


 Where is hockey. Hockey is 2nd most popular sport in India after our religion CRICKET.
What football we don't know football, Indians hate football.

-mahesh patil

where field hockey man it must have got at least the 3rd pos


Thanks for the feedback. As metioned above, the list is based on which "individual sports" websites internet users in the country browse the most (based on Alexa traffic ranks). All country-wise lists are generated automatically using those stats - definitely a limitation of the website currently. For India, unfortunately, dedicated field-hockey websites are not as popular as websites like Thus, this list represents popularity among internet users, which may not be true representative of whole country's population. (Thi is definitely a limitation that we have tried to convey above). Very soon, we will provide more detailed stats and use multiple means of measuring sports popularity, not just website traffic analysis.




field hockey is the no.2 sport in india as per popularity, football is popular only in metros (dont include mumbai)
but yes the internate search is less than that of football becusefootball is worlds most populer sport and have many superstars.
whenever indian team plays any gameof hockey it always a full housein india.


Correction: India stands now in 170 # of Fifa Ranking, below giants as Faroe Islands, Curaçao Island and other great microscopic Islands with a couple thousands population. India should hide the fact that soccer is the seconds most popular sport, is kinda embarassing not to say unbelievable.


why do you think cricket is the most popular sport in India?


where is field hockey. 




i love hockey


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