Unreal Kashmir, Manika's sleight of backhand and other top stories
Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, the football and hockey World Cups -- we have seen some brilliant sporting action across 2018. Here's ESPN India's top content of the year.
From Manika to Mary: Top five moments in Indian sport in 2018
To celebrate the year in Indian sport, each ESPN staffer picked their five favourite moments of 2018. After a final count, here is what made our list.
Bajrang Punia becomes world No.1 in 65kg category
Bajrang Punia on Saturday touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category.
How Pooja Dhanda overcame a minefield draw to claim Worlds bronze
Pooja Dhanda can laugh about it now but she had to navigate through a minefield-like draw to finish on the podium at the World Championships.
Pooja Dhanda wins 57 kg bronze at Worlds
Pooja Dhanda defeated Norway's Grace Jacob Bullen 10-7 to win bronze medal in the 57kg division at the Wrestling World Championships
Bajrang settles for World Championships silver in Budapest
Bajrang Punia settled for silver at the Wrestling World Championships after losing to Japan's Takuto Otoguro in the men's 65kg final.
Bajrang Punia enters gold medal bout at Worlds
Bajrang Punia, the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games gold medallist, assured himself a second Worlds medal, having won bronze at the 2013 edition.
War and sport: Syria and Yemen battle the odds to take part in Asian Games
Jonathan Selvaraj explores what athletes from war-torn Syria and Yemen have had to endure just to participate in the 2018 Asian Games
Vinesh Phogat scripts her own redemption story
She may not have had her story told in a major film, but that is besides the point. Vinesh is no longer one of the Phogat sisters. She is the Phogat sister.
W2W4: Onus on shooters again to boost medals tally
India's Asian Games continues on day three with trap, air pistol and air rifle events in shooting, while Greco-Roman wrestling will be making its first appearance in Jakarta.
Bajrang earns long-due coronation with gladiatorial display
Often finding himself in the shadow of India's wrestling legends, Bajrang Punia has finally earned his crown, and it has been a long time in the making.
No repechage to rescue Sushil at Asian Games
Sushil Kumar was a shadow of his former self as he bowed out of the Asian Games without a medal, writes Jonathan Selvaraj.
Wrestling explained: Formats, scoring system and repechage
Wrestling 101: ESPN decodes one of the world's most ancient sports - including the term 'repechage'
'It doesn't matter if I win or lose' - Sushil
Better aware of his own limitations, Sushil Kumar, 35, says he isn't bogged down by the scale of competition at the Asian Games.
Pathans, Phogats and other super siblings
With the brother sister duo of Praggnanadhaa and Vaishali creating waves in the International Chess circuit, ever wondered who India's most successful sporting siblings are?
Who are India's biggest medal hopes at Asian Games?
With the 2018 Asian Games set to begin on August 18 in Indonesia, ESPN lists five of India's top medal hopes at the Continental Games.
'Microestrellas' training session
Little person wrestlers are determined to showcase their craft in Mexico's iconic lucha libre. (Video by ESPN México)
Sushil Kumar loses first bout in four years
Sushil Kumar lost his first bout in more than four years while competing at Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia even as his compatriots Bajrang Punia and Deepak Punia progressed to the quarterfinals.
After a 'double' over the Japanese, Anshu Malik sets her sights on Tokyo 2020
Anshu Malik grew up watching four-time Olympic medallist Kaori Icho's YouTube videos. Her next target is to qualify for the Tokyo Games and meet her idol.
ICYMI: Sparkling India lift eight golds on Saturday
From the veteran Mary Kom to the first-timer Neeraj Chopra, India's athletes struck gold, silver and bronze on a medal-filled Saturday.
Nuanced and layered, hard to disentangle using mere cinematic smoke and mirrors, Sushil v Narsingh is less blockbuster movie, more a novel.
The Sushil-Narsingh-WFI story, explained.
John Brewin reviews the eight matches that ultimately doomed Louis van Gaal's tenure as manager at Manchester United.
The sport and media landscape has changed so much that we may never have definitive voices like his ever again.