India's top mixed doubles pair has been making waves on the international scene since renewing their partnership in early 2008, after a year's break.
Riding on their performance, they entered the top-10 in world rankings and made the cut for the World Championships in Hyderabad where they became the first Indian pair to reach the quarterfinals. They won the Chinese Taipei Open in August and finished the year on a high, reaching the final of the World Super Series Masters Finals in Malaysia earlier this year.
10. Pankaj Advani (Snooker):
It is hard to neglect Pankaj Advani when one talks of distinct achievements in Indian sports. The 24-year-old, who is the only player to have achieved the 'grand double' of winning both the points and time formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships, winning it in 2005 and the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore, carried his form this year.
Advani won the 2009 World Professional Billiards Championship in Leeds, his first World Professional Billiards Championship title, beating defending champion Mike Russell in the final. The World Championships last month however turned out to be a dampener for him.
Sports Year-ender 2009