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Watch: Virat Kohli leads Indian athletes to showcase 10-year transformation

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The last decade has been a revelation for Indian sports. The Indian cricket team lifting the World Cup after 28 years, Sushil Kumar’s two medals at Olympics, PV Sindhu’s rise to fame, the birth of a new football league, and the rise of the Indian shooters are only a handful of the milestones the country has witnessed.

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Now that 2020, a new year, a new decade and a new challenge is here, let’s hope athletes better themselves and achieve their dreams. 

Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the rise of athletes who have put in hours while training to make a difference in their respective teams and field of play. The difference over the years in noticeable not only by their performances on the field but also in their physic.

Leading the pack is Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, who tweeted about his transformation in the past decade. In the first photo, he can be seen holding Puma flip flops in the backdrop of a waterfall. In the second photo, he is seen showcasing his Puma sneakers.

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Here’s how other Indian Athletes have gone through the #decadechallenge:

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You cannot really just 'take a look back' on a decade, but I've tried. It's one that I will fondly remember for my first professional start. The dream began for me here. I went on to be able to stand alongside 10 teammates and an entire nation to sing the national anthem in what was my India debut. Football and life took me to Norway, and gave me a BIG first – that of being an Indian to play a Europa League game. I also played my first game in top-flight Norwegian football. Came back to the country and signed a long-term deal with Bengaluru FC – a club that has now become family and home. We missed out on the League, but won the Super Cup – my first piece of silverware with the Blues. It may have been a pre-season game, but coming up against Barcelona B was ever so special. Some of those players have walked into the senior team and are on TV screens every weekend. I had the good fortune of pulling on the captain's armband for the national team, and we even ended up winning. What a feeling! What we missed out on in 2018, we made up for in 2019 – the ISL title. I cannot express what this meant. Special, special night in Mumbai. And finally, an accolade that humbled me – the Arjuna Award. I want it to serve as an inspiration to the youngsters, and a motivator for me to keep striving to do better. To put it all simply – WHAT A DECADE this has been! #HappyNewYear

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Manan Dharamshi
I usually describe myself with three 'F's, i.e, Food, Football and Films. Born and Brought up in Bangalore since the mid-1990s, I have always had a huge interest in playing football, cricket and watching other sports. People who know me always tell I bleed football. Sports, and Football, in particular, has helped me through hard times and helped me to shape my view on the world. And that is one of the reasons why I want to serve as a Sports Journalist.

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