Snapshot – Sports in India is not just cricket. There’s a big world out there. From tennis to football, from squash to boxing, Indian sports women and men have done the country proud. In the process, some have earned enough to treat themselves to outstanding rides. Today, we venture beyond cricketers and take a look at other Indian sports starts and their cars.
Sania Mirza is the most popular female tennis star in the country, who has also done the nation proud by bringing home the Wimbledon doubles title. The Range Rover Evoque is Sania’s latest drive about town. The crossover is one of the hottest sellers for Land Rover globally.
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri has a Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the Audi A6 luxury sedan as his daily drives. The SX4 is no longer sold here and has been replaced by the Ciaz. Also, he recently acquired the Royal Enfield Continental GT, which is shown pictured next to the A6.
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal was presented a BMW 3-Series 320d sedan by cricketing ace Sachin Tendulkar, following her medal winning effort at the London Olympics. The 3-Series sedan is a car that combines luxury and performance, and is aimed at buyers who like driving rather than being driven.
Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar’s chosen ride is the Ford Endeavour SUV. The SUV is a butch, ladder frame model that comes with both rear wheel drive and four wheel drive layouts. The Endeavour will be replaced by an all-new model by the end of this year.
Badminton player Jwala Gutta has two flashy luxury cars. One if the Mercedes Benz ML-Class SUV while the other is a BMW 6-Series convertible. While Jwala uses the Mercedes Benz SUV as a daily driver, the 6-Series drop top is used as a weekend set of wheels.
Ashwini Ponnappa, another shuttling ace who frequently teams up with Jwala Gutta has a red coloured Audi A6 luxury sedan as her chosen set of wheels. The A6 is a mid size luxury sedan that is one of the top selling models in the German automaker’s range.
Tennis veteran Leander Paes, who is also an Olympic medalist, has a Porsche Cayenne as his daily driver, apart from a flurry of other cars. Paes continues to play tennis at the highest level, and continues to bring back laurels to the country.
Mahesh Bhupathi, another well known tennis player, uses a Mercedes Benz E-Class as his daily driver. He is also seen in a BMW 7-Series luxury saloon.
Ace shooter and Olympic medallist Abhinav Bindra has a BMW 5-Series as his daily drive. He was gifted a Volvo S80 sedan by the Swedish automaker, following his Olympic medal winning effort.
Boxer Vijender Singh gave the sport of boxing a big boost in India. The pugilist owns high end cars and motorcycles. Here he is seen with his son in a BMW 5-Series luxury sedan.