The exuberance of youth, the endurance of experience, and a little bit of the usual drama that is a part and parcel of Indian sports -- the country's Commonwealth Games campaign was all this and much more with a medal count that turned out to be the third best ever.
With 26 gold, 20 silver and as many bronze medals, India ended the games third on the table -- a promotion of two positions from Glasgow.
India would certainly be glad about the emergence of a new crop of athletes ready to conquer the world. Here is a list of the top 5 gold medal winners at CWG:
#5 Sushil Kumar - Men's freestyle 74kg Wrestling
The two-time Olympic medallist was not expected to be tested in Commonwealth Games as the standard is not very great. Sushil won the gold without breaking sweat, outplaying all his opponents.
But what mattered more was that he had set aside the controversy of the walkovers at the Nationals, the clash between his supporters and those of his opponent Praveen Rana, and the concerns over his preparations away from the national camp.
His domination of the men’s 74kg freestyle wrestling category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games was summed up by the way he went about his business in the final bout against Johannes Botha of South Africa.