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Top 10 Most Famous Volleyball Players In India 2024

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Volleyball is one of the world’s most captivating sports. With the development of international volleyball leagues and competitions like those run by FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball), India has had the opportunity to meet some of its most renowned volleyball stars. Check the Top 10 Most Famous Volleyball Players In India IN 2024.

These Top 10 Most Famous Volleyball Players In India 2024 are impressive. They represented India at the Asian Championships, SAF Games, and FAZR International tournaments. In all those years of competitive volleyball competition, they have helped India to win gold, silver, and bronze medals.

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Top 10 Most Famous Volleyball Players In India 2024

These Top 10 Volleyball players have made quite an impression on India’s volleyball since joining their national team. Many Volleyball players were recognized as Asia’s best players. Many top volleyball players earned recognition and have won Awards in which they have contributed to winning various national medals.

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Here is the list of the Top 10 Most Famous Volleyball Players In India 2024 in which athlete has earned this honor.  Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Many Volleyball players played an instrumental role in helping win national volleyball competitions.

10. Muthusamy Appavu

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth10th July 1997
Age25 years
Birth placeNot Available
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.92 m
Weight74 Kg
Family DetailsNot Available

Muthusamy Appavu is currently playing setter for the Ahmedabad Defenders. Since then, they have won bronze at both the U21 BRICS Games and the U23 Asian Championship (with Muthusamy winning best setter). Furthermore, with these stats, Muthusamy Appavu continues progressing as a young athlete, joining Senior Indian teams at the Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship.

9. Ramavtar Singh Jakhar

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth15 May 1970
Age53 years
Birth placeNawalgarh, Rajasthan
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
HeightNot Available
WeightNot Available
Family DetailsNot Available

Ramavtar Singh Jakhar is a renowned retired volleyball star from India. Hailing from the Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan, he currently chairs the Volleyball Federation of India. It has served as team manager from 2006 on. Additionally, he earned himself an Aravali award in 1991 and the Maharana Pratap award two years later in 1992.

8. Ashwal Rai

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of BirthFebruary 2, 1993 
Age29 years
Birth placeMangalore, Karnataka
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height2.02 m
Weight90 Kg
Family DetailsNot Available

Ashwal Rai is the captain of the inaugural champions, Kolkata Thunderbolts. At 29 years old from Karnataka, he put in an impressive performance as a blocker during season 1, scoring 57 attack points and being part of 12 successful blocks to earn him top honors.

Both coach and Ashwal share an affinity for Karnataka which only adds to their relationship, now with the added pressure of trying to keep the title! Additionally, Ashwal has before represented India at international levels.

7. Karthik Madhu

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of BirthJanuary 24, 1995 
Age31 years
Birth placeKarnataka
CountryIndia
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.98 m
Weight80 Kg
Family DetailsNot Available

Karthik Madhu, 31 years from Karnataka, is the skipper of Kochi Blue Spikers in the Excellent Volleyball Association (PVL). He began playing volleyball for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and made his junior Nationals debut for Karnataka in 2009. Additionally, he served as a guest player for BSNL and appeared at Senior Nationals 2011 as a guest player.

At the 2016 South Asian Games, he made his first international appearance for India and helped them capture gold. Additionally, he won gold in Karnataka’s 2015 Fed Cup match – his first at the senior level. Nowadays, he works as an assistant postman with Bengaluru Postal Department.

6. Nirmal Kaur Saini

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth8 October 1938
Age82 years
Birth place India
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.65 m
Weight60 Kg
Family Details Spouse Name: Milkha Singh( famous track and field sprinter) , Child Nmae: Jeev Milkha Singh

Nirmal Kaur Saini was an Indian volleyball player and India women’s public volleyball team captain. She is best remembered as the mother of Jeev Milkha Singh and wife to athlete Milkha Singh. At the Asian Games in Seoul in 1986, she earned a place of honor by beating Japan and leading India to the bronze medal.

Additionally, she was part of India’s 1985 South Asian Games gold-medal-winning team. In 2021 she was posthumously presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Before, she served as Director of Sports for Women at the State Department.

5. Abdul Basith

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth1959 
Age32 years
Birth placeHyderabad 
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.94 m
Weight76 Kg
Family DetailsNot Available

Abdul Basith served as captain of India’s men’s national volleyball team from 1986-1989 and was part of their squad that won bronze at the Asian Games in Seoul, defeating Japan. He was prestigious for his modesty, courteous attitude, fair play, and transcending physical make-up; brought into the world in Hyderabad in 1989, he got the Arjuna Grant.

4. Balwant Singh Sagwal

NicknameBallu
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth1945
Age65 years
Birth placeKaul
CountryHaryana, India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.98 m
WeightNot Available
Family DetailsNot Available

Balwant Singh Sagwal, better known as Ballu, was an important member of India’s Men’s Volleyball Team. Born into a humble family in Kaul, Haryana, Sagwal joined the Border Security Force, which produced some of India’s greatest volleyball players then. Unfortunately, Sagwal passed away in November 2010 but left behind an endowed volleyball academy at Kaul he founded.

3. Palanisamy

NicknameBlack Panther 
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth1932
Age74 years
Birth placeKallampatti
CountryTamil Nadu, India.
Education and schoolNot Available
HeightNot Available
WeightNot Available
Family DetailsNot Available

Palanisamy was an Indian volleyball player from Tamil Nadu state. He passed away on November 12, 2007, after many years of illness. In the 1960s, he was part of the national volleyball squad that competed at the Asian Games.

Due to his intensity on the court during those matches – particularly at Jakarta 1962 – he earned himself the nickname Black Panther. After coaching Savaging District in Tamil Nadu for some time, Palanisamy retired from volleyball in 1998.

2. Cyril Vellore

NicknameNot Available
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of BirthDecember 1, 1961
Age61 years
Birth placeKerala
CountryIndia
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.91 m
WeightNot Available
Family DetailsNot Available

Cyril Vellore is a renowned volleyball player from Kerala. He has addressed India in different public and worldwide contests, for example, the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul. Where he captained their group to a bronze decoration.

In the 1980s, his partnership with Jimmy George made them formidable forces within Indian volleyball; they both earned Arjuna Awards in 1986 for their services to Indian volleyball.

1. Jimmy George

Nicknamethe God of Indian volleyball
ProfessionVolleyball Player
Date of Birth8 March 1955
Age32 years
Birth placeThondiyil, Kerala
Country India
Education and schoolNot Available
Height1.87 m
Weight78 Kg
Family DetailsNot Available

Jimmy represented India’s national volleyball squad at three consecutive Asian Games: Tehran (1974), Bangkok (1978), and Seoul (1986), where India earned bronze. In 1986 he also captained their team to victory at the India Gold Cup International Volleyball Tournament held in Hyderabad.

George was born on March 8, 1955, in Peravoor and passed away on November 30, 1987. As a feature of the Men’s Volleyball Public Group, he forever affected the world by becoming the leading Indian volleyball player to play expertly and addressing an Italian expert volleyball crew.

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