Indian cricket's run machine Virat Kohli, tennis star Sania Mirza, ace badminton player Saina Nehwal and mountaineer Arunimha Sinha are the Indian athletes who've been included in the Forbes' '30 Under-30 Asia' list of young achievers and game changers in the region. Along with other young and talented Indians from other spheres as well, there are 56 Indians under 30 years of age who're making an impact in Asia, according the magazine's latest list. it includes 300 "young and driven entrepreneurs and game-changers" from countries including India, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam and Australia who are contributing to their industries in a significant way.
Kohli leads the Indian athletes pack at No 10 in the 'Under-30 Sports and Entertainment' list. The 27-year-old led India to a Test series win over Sri Lanka in 2015 after many years and a successful 3-0 home series win over highly fancied South Africa. He followed this with an excellent run with the bat in Australia, scoring tons of runs and enabling India to secure its first-ever T20 series whitewash over Australia. He also became the No 1 player in T20 batting ratings.
Sania, who is the next at 13th, Indian capped off an excellent tennis season with three straight Grand Slam doubles titles with Martina Hingis. She is the No 1 doubles player in the WTA circuit and also WTA world champion. Over the past year, she earned US$ 2 million, according to Forbes India Celebrity 100 list.