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Best of 2016

India's 2016: Success on the field but main battle was off it

Individual brilliance made all the good headlines for Indian sport but a feudal, tainted system continued to assert itself and dampen the mood. Sharda Ugra sums it all up.


The year in quotes - Junk food, big b***s, and a 'kamzor' who won gold

ESPN brings you the most explosive quotes of 2016 from the world of Indian sport as told to our writers.


2016 - The good, the great and other memorable moments

From PV Sindhu's Olympic silver to Virat Kohli's incredible year, ESPN looks back at the year that was -- in pictures.


Compilation: Top 10 stories of Indian sport in 2016

No. 1

Sindhu's silver lining

PV Sindhu left the nation in awe after becoming the first Indian woman to win an individual silver at the Olympics.


No. 2

Dipa Karmakar's vault of glory

Dipa Karmakar's fourth-place finish in the individual vault event at the Rio Olympics was more than a historical mile-marker in Indian sport.


No. 3

Sakshi comes from behind to win bronze

Sakshi Malik's Olympic bronze was the first by an Indian woman wrestler. It was, for the most part, an unexpected one, and breathed fresh life into India's Rio campaign.


No. 4

Bengaluru FC make AFC Cup final

Bengaluru FC created history as they became the first Indian club to reach the finals of the AFC Cup.


No. 5

The strange case of Sushil v Narsingh

Though their fight to represent India at the Olympics saw Sushil Kumar move court and Narsingh Yadav get a clearance from the National Anti Doping Agency, neither got to step on the mat in Rio.


No. 6

Great year for Indian hockey

From the Asian Champions Trophy wins for the men's and women's teams to the junior World Cup victory to end the year, 2016 was a year of positives for Indian hockey.


No. 7

Virat Kohli's colossal year

Virat Kohli shone as player and captain in 2016, scoring 2595 runs across all formats in international cricket and leading India's return to the top of the Test rankings.


No. 8

Abhinav Bindra bows out after medal miss

Abhinav Bindra, India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, walked away from the world of shooting after finishing fourth in the 10m air rifle final at the Rio Olympics.


No. 9

Devendra Jhajharia wins gold in Rio

We look back to when India won gold in Rio -- at the Paralympics, thanks to Devendra Jhajharia's javelin throw.


No. 10

Aditi Ashok's incredible year

It was the year of the youngest star on the horizon - golfing prodigy Aditi Ashok, who went from tentative amateur to Rookie of the Year.