In an eventful year, cricket continued to dominate Indian sports but others played the catch-up game, slowly but surely gaining new grounds and winning new fans.
In a tale of two skippers, King Kohli reaches new heights but captain Smith's fortunes plummet.
The Sharath Kamal-led men's team exceeded its own expectations by winning a bronze at the Asian Games in Jakarta after stunning mighty Japan in the quarterfinals.
Rafael Nadal dominated in typical fashion on clay, swaggering to an 11th Roland Garros title, but the injury-plagued Spaniard limped out of two other Grand Slams before further fitness problems curtailed his season.
There were four World Cups and a World Cup Final but Deepika Kumari was the lone bright spot for India in recurve archery.
It wouldn't be wrong to call Mary Kom ageless for she was around when women's boxing took baby-steps towards going mainstream and she is still around when it gears up for an Olympic expansion in 2020.
As an eventful year comes to a close, we present you with some of the best photos capturing the spirit of Indian sports.
With the national federation's decision to introduce a contracts system for 150 grapplers in India, the sport is set to be professionalised like never before.
India will take confidence from some impressive results in the recent past, the most prominent being the goal-less stalemate with China, coached by World Cup-winning Italian manager Marcello Lippi.
That the vacuum is real can be gauged from the fact that a 45-year-old Leander Paes is still India's biggest player, winning titles even this year, dropping no hints of retirement. It is a tribute to his longevity but also a reflection of the lack of depth in Indian tennis.
In a year when BWF introduced a new tournament structure, under which events were graded on stature based on prize money, Sindhu dominated the headlines.
If Neeraj was the cynosure of all eyes, Hima also carved out a slice of history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level.
As the year comes to a close, 'Outlook' revisit some of the unforgettable events and moments from the world of sports.
India's captain Virat Kohli plays shot during the day three of their second test cricket match with New Zealand in Mumbai.AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel bowls during the day three of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai.AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel celebrates the dismissal of India's Mayank Agarwal during the day three of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai.AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
India's Cheteshwar Pujara plays shot during the day three of their second test cricket match with New Zealand in Mumbai.AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
India's Cheteshwar Pujara, right, along with Mayank Agarwal looks on during the day three of their second test cricket match with New Zealand in Mumbai.AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool
Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.
Aamir Shaikh aka Shaikhspeare traces talks about the genre that uses music as a means to dissent.
Family from UP village forced to run around to complete post-death official paperwork and even last rites.
While everyone is going gaga over actress Katrina Kaif in the revamped version of 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani', the replacement of Raveena Tandon does point towards the problem of sexism and ageism in the Indian film industry
Australia winning the T20 World Cup for the first time has been timely as they host the next edition at their own backyard in 2022.
As per the Observer Research Foundation, close to 250 million children in India were adversely affected due to school closures due to the early lockdowns imposed by the government in response to Covid-19.
India's cricket administrators showed more drive to boost BCCI's coffers rather than take care of players' welfare during pandemic times.