The 108-year old draught is over. Shooter Abhinav Bindra wins the first ever gold medal for India in an individual event, the first of any gold medal for India in the last 28 years when the hockey team had fetched the top honour in the Moscow Olympi
Anup Sridhar's exemplary show at the Badminton World Championship and Arvind Bhat's successful comeback after injury were the highlights in a year which saw a feud between top shuttlers and the Federation coming out in the open.
Down in the dumps for the past few years, Indian hockey trod the path of resurgence that coincided with the revival of its fan following, largely due to the spell of magic cast by Bollywood blockbuster 'Chak De! India.'
From the dysphoria in the West Indies to the euphoria of the Twenty20 World Cup, Indian cricket oscillated between beauty and banality in yet another roller-coaster year that saw as much drama on-field as much off it.
A patch-up between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi for the sake of country's Olympic campaign was a bright note to end the year which also saw Sania Mirza reach her highest singles ranking of 27 and doubles ranking of 18.