ESPN.in's best of the decade


2009-2019 was quite the decade in Indian sport. We here at ESPN celebrate the best of the best as we get ready to usher in the 2020s:

Decade-end essay

A decade of reinvention and revolution

Sharda Ugra looks back at the odyssey of Indian sport through the decade, which has been in sync with PV Sindhu's progression.

Athlete of the decade

Big game for the big stage: Why PV Sindhu is our pick for athlete of the decade

PV Sindhu is easily the best Indian sportsperson of the last 10 years. She has, after all, ticked nearly every box there is in her sport, writes Jonathan Selvaraj.

The decade in memes

The decade in Indian sport told through memes

From best-ever medal tallies at major events to world champions across multiple sports, we attempt to sum up Indian sport in the past decade through memes.

Moments of the decade

Sindhu conquering the world, Dipa's leap of faith and more

ESPN brings you the most magical moments in Indian sports over the last decade, in the words of the athletes who created them.

Icon of the decade

Dutee Chand, the dreamer who fought the good fight

At four feet eleven inches, Dutee Chand may appear to be a misfit, but she is, and always will be, bigger than her sport. Susan Ninan writes.

Athletes of the decade

World Champions Sindhu, Mary a cut above the rest

The 2010s were arguably the most successful in Indian sport. Who were the five athletes that stood out? Mohit Shah writes.

A to Z of Indian sport

Hypoandrogenism, Lodha, Produnova: The A-Z of Indian sport

Know your alphabet? Think again, as ESPN takes you through the last 10 years in Indian sport.

Quotes of the Decade

From Mary Kom earning gold to Saina Nehwal not knowing enjoyment

What were the best lines of the 2010s? ESPN brings you a selection of the finest quotes from India's superstar athletes.

Numbers of the Decade

Sunil Chhetri 53, PV Sindhu 5, Mary Kom 8: India's decade in numbers

From Sunil Chhetri's 53 international goals to PV Sindhu's five World Championships medals, Debayan Sen and Manoj Bhagavatula bring you the best numbers from the decade gone by.

Coach of the Decade

Guru Gopichand at the heart of India's badminton renaissance

That India have won two Olympic medals and nine Worlds medals in badminton over the past decade is mostly thanks to Pullela Gopichand, writes Debdatta Sengupta.

Team of the Decade

Bengaluru FC, the trend-setting serial winners of the decade

No one team has grabbed Indian sport by the scruff of its collective collar like Bengaluru FC, writes Anirudh Menon.

Movies of the Decade

Dangal, Mukkabaaz and more; our favourites

Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Soubin Sahar, and Anurag Kashyap all feature as our staff pick their five favourite Indian sports films of the decade.

The Decade-end Quiz

How well do you remember the decade in Indian sports?

Debayan Sen gives you a chance to test your memory. How much can you get correct?