Books on Indian sportspersons

A collection of books written about Indian sportspersons. While there are numerous books written about Indian cricketers, this list focuses on books on sportspersons from other sports.
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Pullela Gopichand

by Sanjay Sharma

About the book:  This is a gritty story of a badminton star Pullela Gopi Chand, who brought laurels to India by winning the coveted All England Championships 2001. The player for whom losing was not an option,who went against all rules and conventions. This book , the authorised biography of Pullela Gopichand, is about his rise from humble beginnings to become a star on Indian Badminton's horizon,as well as his endeavours to produce more sports icons like him through his one of a kind badminton Academy.

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The Prakash Padukone Story

by Dev S Sukumar

About the book:  Prakash Padukone, b. 1955, badminton player from Karnataka, India.

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Vishy Anand

by Vishy Anand,John Nunn

About the book:  Vishy Anand explains the secrets of his finest games.

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Ace against Odds

by Sania Mirza

About the book:  Currently ranked World No. 1 in women's doubles, Sania Mirza became an instant sensation when she won the Wimbledon Championships girls' doubles title at the age of sixteen. From 2003 until her retirement from the singles circuit in 2012, she was ranked by the Women's Tennis Association as India's top player, both in singles and doubles. A six-time Grand Slam champion, she notched up an incredible forty-one consecutive wins with her doubles partner, Martina Hingis, between August 2015 and February 2016. Ace against Odds is the story of this most iconic Indian player who beat incredible odds to get to the top of her sport. Sania writes with candour of the hardships along the way, of the physical and emotional trauma caused by injuries and medical procedures, of the friends and partners who became her mainstay along with her family, of the pressures of constant public scrutiny and, not least, the politics and heartbreaks that inevitably accompany success. Sania broke the rules, she spoke her mind, she pushed herself to the limit, she played for India fiercely and without care for how it might impact her rankings - she is and will continue to remain an inspiration long after she steps off the tennis courts.

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Playing to Win

by A.G. Lafley,Roger L. Martin

About the book:  ‘. . . being a player from India defines who I am. When I play, it’s for my parents, my coach, and my country.’ Meet Saina Nehwal—India’s star badminton player and World Number 4, Padma Shri and Khel Ratna awardee, the girl who brought laurels to India by winning an Olympic medal at the age of twenty-two. In this fascinating memoir, she talks about her childhood and growing–up years; her relationship with the most important people in her life; the ups and downs of her celebrated career, from district level wins to the Olympics; and the sacrifices needed to succeed in any sport. She also reveals little-known facts and offers a peek into her many avatars—daughter, sister, student, and the regular girl behind the badminton prodigy. Find out what a typical day in Saina’s life is like—rigorous training, a strict diet, and no parties or sleepovers. But it’s not all work and no play; Saina loves to shop, eat ice cream (post wins only), and play games on her iPad! With candid photographs and badminton tips from the pro herself, this book showcases the making of a badminton champ—in her own words.

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The Life and Times of Major Dhyanchand

by Rachna Bhola 'Yamini'

About the book:  Major Dhyanchand’s name is synonymous with Indian hockey. The great hockey player was born on 29th August, 1905 in Allahabad. His father was serving in the British Indian Army and played hockey. The life of Dhyanchand was full of achievements. He not only played hockey but excelled in it and won many medals for himself and India. His fame grew in the World of Hockey to the extent that once Adolf Hitler offered him citizenship of Germany and post of Colonel in his army. Even today, Dhyanchand remains a legendary figure in the Indian and world hockey. The country celebrates his birthday as National Sports Day to honour his services to the nation. The life and times of the legendary Hockey player of India, who endorsed Hockey as India’s National Game.

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Forgive Me Amma

by Sundeep Misra

About the book:  In a nation deprived of good sports literature, 'Forgive Me Amma' comes as a breath of fresh air. Written in the author's unique style, the book takes the reader to the thick of action, be it on the lush green astro turf, or in the middle of an enthusiastic crowd, or at the highly charged press conferences. Precise, objective and highly readable, the book succeeds in not only presenting the enigmatic legend Dhanraj Pillay in all his fame and fury, but also documents the tumultuous journey of Indian hockey during the times he played.

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Beyond the Goal

by Mohammad Amin-ul Islam

About the book:  Baichung Bhutia—dubbed the Sikkimese Sniper for his amazing shot accuracy—has been winning young and old hearts alike with his rare skill and boyish charm since 1993. He serves as a benchmark not only for Indian football, but also for Asian football, as he has been one of the best players for over a decade. In fact, even today, he remains the only iconic face of Indian football to the outside world. Baichung’s career has not been without controversy and Beyond the Goal delves into the footballers relationships with his coaches, the clubs he played with, and his much debated retirement. Md Amin takes us through the good, the bad, and the ugly of football in India by doggedly retracing Baichung’s own highs and lows.

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Unbreakable

by Mary Kom

About the book:  Autobiography of Mary Kom, born 1982, Indian boxer; winner of Olympic bronze medal, 2012.

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The Race of My Life

by Milkha Singh,Sonia Sanwalka,Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Forward) & Jeev Milkha Singh (Introduction)

About the book:  Autobiography of an Indian athlete.

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Golden Girl

by P. T Usha

About the book:  Autobiography of a track and field athlete from India.

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