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

Best quotes 2016 (2:01)

Check out some interesting quotes from Indian sportspersons in 2016 (2:01)

It was another eventful year for Indian sport, and players and coaches alike had plenty to say about it. From Abhinav Bindra and Anand Amritraj to Viswanathan Anand and Zico, ESPN presents the A to Z of explosive quotes during 2016.

"I have a rifle on sale. Do you want it?"

Abhinav Bindra managed to keep his sense of humour intact despite missing out on a Rio medal by a whisker and also calling time on his illustrious shooting career.

"I'm first going to get my phone back and eat a bit of junk food"

- Olympic medalist, and pride of India. PV Sindhu, though, had her eyes on an even bigger prize seconds after picking up silver at Rio.

"My biggest motivation to practice used to be to be able to sit in an airplane some day"

- While Sindhu had tasty treats in her mind, for India's other Rio medalist, Sakshi Malik, only the sky was the limit.

"I won all the Slams I could, what more does a man have to do to get picked?"

- According to Leander Paes, India did not field their strongest team in Rio.

"As far as some people might say my doubles ranking might have dropped, or 'oh he's 43', they don't understand what it takes to win one Grand Slam"

- Indeed, Paes will be 47 by the time the Tokyo Games come around, more than young enough - he feels - to bring home another medal.

"I want to win even when I am playing gotis"

- Sania Mirza slams another ace as she dismisses talk of her losing sight of the ball having reached No.1 in doubles.

"I thought I would die"

- Marathon runner OP Jaisha's five words created a storm after she collapsed due to dehydration during her event in Rio. Jaisha claimed that Indian officials did not organize her water and energy drinks during the race, while the AFI responded that the athlete herself had declined any personal drinks when asked a day before the event.

"If they want me here I can be here to help but if they don't, I can pack my bags and leave"

- FC Goa's head coach Zico had many a rant during ISL3, and he did not mince words after what he perceived was unfair refereeing towards his team throughout the season.

"I work as an auditor in the accountant general's office, but to be frank, I don't know what is going on there."

- When you have a secondary career as a footballer scoring goals galore for Kerala Blasters and Bengaluru FC, it's easy to see where CK Vineeth is coming from.

"It takes big b***s, and of course, an element of lunacy"

- Riding a motorcycle for more than 9,000 km of treacherous terrain under brutal conditions and inhospitable weather through jungle tracks, salt flats and sand dunes requires more than just skill, as CS Santosh so clearly puts it.

"You have to be crazy to be a goalkeeper"

- Speaking of lunacy, PR Sreejesh chimes in on what it takes to keep sticks between the posts in hockey.

"At least I haven't been booted out by the players"

- Anand Amritraj came up with a brutally honest assessment after being replaced by Mahesh Bhupathi as India's Davis Cup captain.

"Pistol shooting mein bas khade ho jao aur goli chalao (In pistol shooting you just have to stand up and shoot)"

- Jitu Rai does not understand all the fuss about finding the target from his rifle.

"I want to say sorry to my countrymen for failing to win a medal"

- But when he did miss the target in Rio, Jitu could not hide his disappointment

"We should probably play in our trunks"

- Billiards world champion Peter Gilchrist on what could attract more eyeballs to the sport.

"Main kamzor nahi kahalana chahta tha (I didn't want to be known as a weakling)"

- Devendra Jhajharia grew up in Churu, Rajasthan being ridiculed for his disability. The ostracism left him crushed, but also determined, as he turned into a two-time Paralympic gold medalist.

"When I saw my scores after the two jumps, I knew I was going to finish fourth"

- Dipa Karmakar did not win a Rio medal, but vaulted into a billion hearts overnight.

"I hope that one day I can bring water to my village"

- Rower Dattu Bhokanal finished 13th in Rio, but is fighting the real battle back home in Talegaon Ruhi in Maharashtra, an area regularly affected by drought.

"I know some people may be applauding us, but deep down, they revile us and hate our guts"

- Track athlete Dutee Chand, who could not compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after failing a gender test, speaks her mind.

"In chess, 40 is the new 50"

- Viswanathan Anand is determined not to be left behind in an era where "everyone is drowning in computer information".

"They would behave as if they were the maalik (owners) and we were their naukars (servants).

- Golfer SSP Chawrasia was not pleased with how IOA officials treated certain Indian players in Rio.

"This is definitely the golden age for Indian badminton but there's no reason why we can't enter a platinum age."

- Badminton legend Prakash Padukone thinks India can become a powerhouse in the sport over the next decade.

"Nobody knew about us, no one came to congratulate us. We had won a gold medal, yet we were unknown."

- Surender Nada on the lack of recognition he and his team-mates got following the national kabaddi team's win at the South Asian Games.

"We were the original founders of the game (kabaddi), not India"

- On the eve of the Kabaddi World Cup final in Ahmedabad, Iran's captain Meraj Sheykh launched a verbal mind game against the hosts.

"Woh joh paanch chhalle hote hain, woh bade saubhagya se milte hain (those five rings are reserved for a few fortunate ones)."

- Nitendra Singh Rawat, who made up India's first three-member men's marathon contingent at the Olympics in 56 years.

"I think girls are capable of working harder than boys, because they are driven by a greater passion and seriousness towards work."

- Rani Rampal explains her obsession towards qualifying for the Rio Olympics with the women's hockey team.