With three cricket and football World Cups, 2 Summer Olympics, Grand Slams and various other tournaments – the last ten years were a roller coaster ride for all sports lovers. 

There were times when the underdogs won and instances when the favourites were left with nothing but tears. Similarly, there were times when records was created and others when they were broken.

So, with the new decade soon approaching, we thought now is the good time to look back at the most memorable moments that various sports offered us this decade. Read on.

1. MS Dhoni hitting the 6 that won India the World Cup after 28 years.

Aryatra

2. People take out their phones in awe as Sachin Tendulkar walks out to bat for the last time.

India Today

3. Luka Modric, the boy from war-torn Croatia, beats all odds to lead his country to FIFA World Cup final.

FIFA.com

4. Andres Iniesta wins the World Cup for Spain by scoring in the extra time.

Jersey Football Mag

5. Novak Djokovic eats grass after beating Roger Federer in the greatest Wimbledon final of all time.

Express.co.uk

6. 18-year-old Hima Das wins India its first ever gold at a global track event.

Gulf News

7. Steve Smith confesses he was involved in ball tampering.

Deccan Chronicle

8. England win their first World Cup after 2 freak draws in the same match.

BBC

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill from the same match.

India Today

9. Brazil players in despair after eventual winners Germany beat them 7-1 at home during FIFA World Cup 2014.

Sportskeeda

10. Roger Federer wins his 100th singles title.

Esquire

11. Swapna Burman wins India its first Heptathlon gold with 6 toes in each foot.

Indian Express

12. Dejected Indian cricket team after losing the World Cup by 9 runs.

India TV News

13. Leicester City wins the Premier League, 2016, in arguably the most fascinating underdog story of this decade.

Daily Mail

14. Cristiano Ronaldo scores the goal of the decade against Juventus in Champions League, 2018.

Cheneltvudin

15. Novak Djokovic wins his first french Open title, completes career Grand Slam.

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16. Serena Williams makes an appearance in catsuit at French Open 2018. It was later banned for being ‘disrespectful’.

Business Insider

17. Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia wins historic second gold at the Paralympics, 2016.

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18. Steve Smith gives a touching tribute to Phil Hughes by walking his cap number ‘408’, after scoring a century.

Daily Mail

19. Sir Alex Ferguson retires after 27 years at Man United.

The Telegraph

20. Roger Federer cries after winning the Swiss Indoors title at a court where he was once a ball boy.

Indian Express

21. PV Sindhu becomes the only Indian badminton player to win an Olympic silver.

India Today

22. Pakistan defeats India to win their first Champions Trophy title.

Hindustan Times

23. Afghanistan almost pulls off a victory against favourites India in the World Cup.

India.com

24. Megan Rapinoe’s iconic goal celebration in the FIFA World Cup, 2019 – the tournament USA went on to win.

Business Insider

25. Rafael Nadal completes career golden slam by winning US Open 2010.

Windsor Star

26. The Indian football team thanking the stadium full of fans, who had turned up for India’s match against Kenya.

India Today

27. India wins a Test series against Australia on their soil for the first time in history.

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Grant Elliott helps Dale Steyn stand up, after hitting his delivery for the winning six in the World Cup semi-final, 2015.

Zimbio

29. Arsene Wenger resigns as Arsenal coach, after 22 years of service.

Washington Post

30. Sumit Nagal becomes the first Indian to steal a set off Roger Federer.

Jagran English

31. Naomi Osaka apologises to the crowd for defeating Serena Williams in the US Open 2018.

Yahoo.com

32. Dipa Karmakar becomes the first Indian woman gymnast to compete in Olympics, loses out on a medal by 0.15-point margin.

Business Standard

33. Luis Suárez bites Giorgio Chiellini.

NBC News

34. Chris Gayle scores the first double century in the World Cup history, in 2015.

India.com

35. Martin Guptill breaks his record a few days later.

The Telegraph

36. Team USA defeating Thailand by 13-0 margin in the FIFA World Cup, 2019.

10 TV

37. Lionel Messi cries after Argentina lose Copa America final 2016.

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38. Sania Mirza enjoys her reign as world number one doubles player for 91st week straight.

Zee News

39. Roger Federer gives a touching tribute to his opponent Rafael Nadal after winning the US Open, 2017.

Tennis Pulse

40. Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d’Or for the record 6th time.

Yahoo.com

41. Mary Kom wins the World Boxing Championships for the record 6th time.

Indian Express

42. Rafael Nadal saves a kid from getting crushed in the crowd at the US Open.

Express.co.uk

43. The 2010 Wimbledon match between John Isner-Nicolas Mahut ends with the scores of 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7–9), 7–6(7–3), 70–68.

Tennis World USA

44. Sachin Tendulkar raises his bat after scoring the first double century in ODI history.

India Today

45. Misabh ul Haq does push ups after scoring a ton in his first game at the Lord’s. He dedicated it to the men of the Pakistan army.

ESPN Cricinfo

46. David Beckham breaks down after his last football game in May, 2013.

Daily Mail/Reuters

47. Dutee Chand becomes the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the Universiade.

Business Insider

48. Slovakia defeat title defenders Italy 3-2 in a World Cup 2010 shocker. 

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49. Yuvraj Singh breaks down after India win the World Cup, 2011. He was awarded with the Man of the Series title.

Kreed On

50. Paul Scholes swaps shirts with Andrés Iniesta after Champion League final, 2011.

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51. Robin Van Persie becomes the ‘flying Dutchman’ against Spain.

Sports Bible

52. The Indian team gives a guard of honour to Jacques Kallis as he comes out to play his last Test in December, 2013.

NDTV

53. Carlos Brathwaite celebrates after winning the T20 World Cup with 4 sixes in the last over.

India Today

54. Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, 2013 to become the first British male since in 77 years to win the tournament.

Bleacher Report

55. Serena Williams wins Australian Open for her 23rd Grand Slam title, while being 2-months pregnant.

PBS

56. 15-year-old Cori Gauff becomes the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon, defeats Venus Williams in her first match.

NY Times

57. Real Madrid and Barcelona pay tribute to the players of Brazilian club Chapecoense, who sadly died in a plane crash on 28th November, 2016.

Sky Sports

58. Ajax players celebrate 2015 Mother’s Day by walking out to the pitch with their moms.

Dirty Tackle

59. Wayne Rooney scores the greatest Manchester derby goal in 2011.

Sportswallah

60. Gareth Bale’s stunner in Champions League final, 2018.

The National

61. MS Dhoni pulls off a seemingly impossible last-ball stumping to knock out Bangladesh from the World T20, 2016.

India Today

62. Indian women’s Rugby team wins its first ever International XVs.

DNA India

63. Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the last-minute goal to win the Premier League title for Manchester City, in 2012.

Sky Sports

64. Sakshi Malik becomes the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Olympic medal by clinching a bronze in 2016.

India Today

65. Sunil Chhetri surpasses Lionel Messi to become the second highest active international goalscorer in the world.

Daily Hunt

66. Sushil Kumar wins his second Olympic medal.

The Hindu

67. Saina Nehwal becomes the first woman badminton player from India to become world number 1.

India Today

68. Virat Kohli becomes the fastest cricketer to reach 11,000 runs in One Day Internationals.

The Hindu

69. The Indian cricket team gives Sachin Tendulkar a victory lap on their shoulders, after the World Cup win in 2011.

Cric Khabri

70. Crying MS Dhoni walks back to the pavillion after getting dismissed in his last World Cup match for India.

Sports made us happy and sports made us cry. What a decade full of memories.