In the third and final installment of our three-part special, Rediff.com takes you back in time through captivating photographs that marked the big moments on the playing field in 2015.
From a Sri Lanka cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara's final Test innings, Virender Sehwag's felicitation ceremony, FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrating the La Liga title with his family, and Dipika Pallikal's white wedding, these and many more scintillating moments are frozen in time in this beautiful photo-feature.
- FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 1
- FLASHBACK: BEST Sports Photos of the Year-Part 2
IMAGE: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gets a lesson in tennis from Sania Mirza before an exhibition match at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on November 25. Photograph: Sania Mirza/Twitter
IMAGE: Former and present All Blacks players perform a Haka as former All Blacks player Jonah Lomu's casket is carried out of Eden Park during his memorial service in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 30. Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters
IMAGE: Virender Sehwag is felicitated by BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur (left), as the former opener's sons, Aryavir and Vedant look on during the ceremony at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on December 3. Photograph: BCCI
IMAGE: London Mayor Boris Johnson (right) slips as he takes part in a tug of war with members of the armed services to launch the London Poppy Day on October 27. London Poppy Day is a street collection event to raise money for serving and retired members of the armed services and their families. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
IMAGE: Germany's Dustin Brown celebrates a point during his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon on July 2. Brown upset Nadal 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Championships, but eventually lost to Serbia's Viktor Troicki. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
IMAGE: Ukraine's Alina Fodorova competes in the long jump event of the women's heptathlon during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, on Sunday, August 23. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters
IMAGE: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara (right) acknowledges the fans as he walks off the field following his dismissal on the 4th day of the second Test match against India in Colombo on August 23. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
IMAGE: Cricketer Dinesh Karthik and squash ace Dipika Pallikal walk down the aisle after their wedding ceremony in Chennai on August 18. Photograph: PTI
IMAGE: Felix Sturm of Germany (right) and Fedor Chudinov of Russia fight during their super-middleweight WBA world championship title fight in Frankfurt, Germany, on May 9. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
IMAGE: Russia's Margarita Mamun performs in the individual final programme at the 31st European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Minsk, Belarus, on May 3. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
IMAGE: Mercedes' British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (right) performs with Mexican wrestlers at the Coliseo Arena during a promotional event in Mexico City on October 29. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters
IMAGE: Barcelona's Luis Suarez (left) holds his children Delfina and Benjamin while his wife Sofia Balbi takes a picture during celebrations after winning the La Liga crown on May 24. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters