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ESPN India's top 10 stories of 2017

2017 was a memorable year for Indian sport, with notable achievements in cricket, badminton and football, among other sports. Here are ESPN India's top 10 most read stories of 2017:

1. A story that 'transcends' sport

At 36, in the twilight of a career interrupted by cancer, Yuvraj Singh is an unusual entrant in ESPN's World Fame 100 list. Or maybe not.

Read: Yuvraj Singh: Playing the game of his life


2. Postcard from Pyongyang

Bengaluru FC media manager Kunaal Majgaonkar writes exclusively for ESPN about the team's visit to North Korea for the AFC Cup fixture against April 25 Sporting Club.

Read: With Bengaluru FC in North Korea


3. The night to be a Roger Federer fan

Roger Federer fan and ESPN India editor-in-chief Sambit Bal wears his heart on his sleeve and celebrates arguably the most emotional of all tennis finals, that of Federer over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open, a match that ended an almost five-year-long wait for the Swiss' 18th Grand Slam singles title.

Read: A night to be swept away


4. Football an identity for North-East India

Football has been more than a sport for India's north-east region; it has given people an identity. And Aizawl's stunning I-League run offers a lesson in building the sport from the grassroots.

Read: North-east football: Centre, forward

Also read:

India's north-east: Where football has come back to life

Will AIFF seize the Aizawl moment or score an own goal?


5. Reliving Prakash Padukone's 1980 All England win

Prakash Padukone speaks to ESPN's Nagraj Gollapudi and breaks down his triumph at the All England Championships in 1980, "the greatest win in Indian badminton".

Read: Drift and deception: How Prakash Padukone conquered All England


6. India's U-17 World Cup report card

India needs more leagues, more games, more coaches too for the sport to improve, say experts, after India played and hosted its first ever FIFA tournament, the U-17 World Cup

Read: To grow football, play more football

Also read:

'Most important to bring about a football revolution' - Ceppi


7. The most recognisable sports fan in India

ESPN's Susan Ninan meets Sudhir Gautam, the Sachin Tendulkar fan now supporting his badminton team.

Read: Paint my love


8. Anand is world champion again

ESPN's Susan Ninan on how Viswanathan Anand's title win at the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh gives him a much-needed boost at the end of an otherwise forgettable year and shows why the 48-year-old can't be counted out just yet. A day later, Anand also won bronze in the World Blitz Championship.

Read: Anand: Becoming world champion again is the most amazing feeling

Also read:

Viswanathan Anand: Federer teaching me to hang in there

Anand: AI engine AlphaZero's win will disrupt chess world

Anand: 'In chess, 40 is the new 50'


9. Prannoy pulls off two upsets in return from injury

In only his second match since returning to the international circuit after a nearly three-month-long break, HS Prannoy pulled off the upset of the Indonesia Open Superseries, beating Lee Chong Wei 21-10, 21-18 before pulling off another upset by beating China's Chen Long in the quarterfinals.

Read: 'I didn't really feel I was in a fight' - Prannoy on win over Lee Chong Wei

Also read:

The metamorphosis of Kidambi Srikanth

The year of Kidambi Srikanth

'I wasn't lucky enough in Dubai' - PV Sindhu


10. Tom Alter, one of the world's good men

"As one of its good men, Tom Alter always told us the world was a better place than we thought it was," writes ESPN's Sharda Ugra after Alter's death.

Read: To Tom Alter, sports fan who saw marvel amid the mundane