2018 in the rearview mirror: From rich Asian Games medal haul to cricket team's success in Australia, a defining year for India

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2018 was a year where India took bold strides across the sporting landscape.

From the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast to the Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, 2018 was a defining year for India in sports.

On the cricket field, while Virat Kohli's men have taken a 2-1 lead against the Australians in their own backyard, the U-19 team clinched another World Cup. Elsewhere, Smriti Mandhana was picked as the ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year.

Here's a selection of the best moments for Indian sports from 2018:

After runner-up finishes at the Rio Olympics, World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, PV Sindhu settled for gold at the year-ending BWF World Tour Finals, beating Nozomi Okuhara.

Bajrang Punia ended the year with golds at the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad, not to mention a silver at the World Championships. No Indian before this had won two World Championships medals. He also ascended to the No 1 ranking in the 65kg weight class

There's no one like Mary Kom

Soniya Chahal wins silver at AIBA Women's World Championships

Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra claimed gold medal at the Asian Games €" with a national record-breaking throw no less €" on the heels of the gold medal he won at the Commonwealth Games

Indian cricket team beats Australia in Melbourne to take 2-1 lead in series

17-year-old Sanjana Ramesh earns a NCAA scholarship at Northern Arizona University

18-year-old Prithvi Shaw scores a century against West Indies on Test debut

Boxer Amit Panghal wins gold medal at Asian Games after upsetting Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov

Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold in the 10m air pistol event at Youth Olympics. This, in a year he's already won gold at the Asian Games and the Youth World Championships

Manu Bhaker claims 10m air pistol gold at Youth Olympics

Mehuli Ghosh claims silver in the 10m air rifle event at the Youth Olympics. She lost gold on the last shot to Stephanie Scurrah

Shanu Mane claims silver in 10m air rifle event at Youth Olympics

Hriday Hazarika becomes only the second air rifle junior world champion

Elavenil Valarivan claims 10m air rifle silver at Junior ISSF World Championships while Shreya Agrawal claims bronze

Manisha Keer wins silver in the trap event at the Junior World Championships

Anjum Moudgil claims silver in 10m air rifle event at the World Championships

Harmanpreet Kaur scores a century at World T20, thereby becoming the first Indian woman to do so

Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga makes history by lifting a total weight of 274 kg to seal gold at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics

Her father has been bed-ridden due to a stroke for the last few years, but Swapna Barman put her problems behind to soldier on at the Jakarta Asian Games. With an infected and painful tooth, she competed in the high jump event and winced each time she landed on her back. With six toes in each foot, shoved uncomfortably into running shoes, she ran the 100m and then the 200m. And then in the 800m. She finished with India's first gold in heptathlon.

Manav Thakkar becomes first Indian to be crowned World No 1 after climbing to the top of the charts in the U-18 category

Indian men's table tennis team wins first ever medal €" a bronze €" at the Asian Games

Manjit Singh, who once lost his job with a PSU because his employers deemed that he cannot get better at his chosen sport, beat his fancied compatriot Jinson Johnson to win a gold medal in the 800m race at the Asian Games.

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is conferred with the Khel Ratna after her gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. At the Gold Coast event, she rewrote the records six times with each lift. Her final total of 196kg was two kilos better than her career best.

With his cancer-stricken father on the deathbed, Tajindar Pal Singh Toor competed in the shot put event at the Asian Games and won gold. He learnt later that his father has passed away before he had heard about Tajindar winning gold.

Arpinder Singh's gold medal in triple jump was the first in the discipline for India in 48 years. In fact, Arpinder was born 22 years after Mohinder Singh Gill won India's last Asiad gold in triple jump. Arpinder later became the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup

Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian female shooter to win a gold at the Asian Games with victory in the 25m air pistol event at the Jakarta-Palembang event

Vinesh Phogat becomes the first ever female wrestler from India to win gold at the Asian Games

When was the last time you saw an Indian 1-2-3 on the podium? At the Para Asian Games, thanks to Sharad Kumar (gold), Varun Singh Bhati (silver) and Mariyappan Thangavelu India had a clean sweep of the medals in the men's high jump T42/63 event

Here's Sharad's jump

Manika Batra returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with four medals: team gold, singles gold, women's doubles silver and mixed doubles bronze. She added a mixed doubles bronze at the Asian Games later in the year.

18-year-old Hima Das won the 400m at the IAAF U-20 World Championships in Finland, thus becoming the first Indian to win a track gold at a global event.

India's rowers €" Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh €" brought home a gold medal in the men's quadruple sculls event at the Asian Games.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first men's doubles badminton pair from India to win a medal at the CWG.

India also won an historic gold in the mixed team badminton event at Gold Coast.

Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu in the Commonwealth Games women's singles final. It was a scenario described by even Pullela Gopichand as a 'dream final'.

Sachin Chaudhary won a para powerlifting bronze medal at Gold Coast 2018. Four years ago, he had left from the CWG to tend to his ailing father. Two years before the medal, he had failed a dope test. So the medal was his redemption story.

India won the U-19 Cricket World Cup for the fourth time.

Smriti Mandhana bags ICC Women's ODI Player of the Year.

Here's an interactive we made on all of India's 69 medals at the 2018 Asian Games.

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