Forbes List Of 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 is here. Ace shuttler PV Sindhu and cricketer Smriti Mandhana have successfully made it to the list. The influencers are among a total of four Indians included in the list’s ‘Entertainment & Sports’ category.
The other two Indians in the list being Bollywood actress-producer Anushka Sharma and Indian national Polo team captain Padmanabh Singh.
The list features 300 young innovators and disruptors across 10 categories who are reshaping their industries, driving change in Asia.
World No. 3 Sindhu, 22, is currently busy training for Commonwealth Games, to be held at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia, from April 4. She has been chosen by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to be the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the tournament. The 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist has steadily earned this feat. Her performance was outstanding at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where she clinched a bronze.
Considered as the favourite in women’s singles, Sindhu carries big responsibility on her shoulders. She has been training twice a day. The 22-year-old is eyeing a gold medal at the upcoming Games and is India’s biggest hope to win the Commonwealth Games gold.
The left-handed batswoman Mandhana, on the other hand, is a crucial player in the Indian women’s cricket team. The 21-year-old created history when she became the first Indian female cricketer to score a double hundred in a one-day game. Also, she is the second Indian, after Harmanpreet Kaur, to play in Australia’s Big Bash League. Recently, she hit the fastest fifty ever scored by any Indian player in women’s T20I cricket. She achieved this in the opening innings against England.
Finally, talking about Anushka’s entry in the list, at 29 the actor and producer is one of Indian film industry’s highest-paid actresses.