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Evolution In Indian Badminton

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In recent years,Indian badminton players are competing very hard to world players and giving equal fights.If we see the history of the Indian badminton, the two names that built the platform are Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand. Prakash Padukone was the first Indian badminton player who won the All England Championship in 1980. He was also the first player who won the bronze medal in world championship in 1983. If we talk about Pullela Gopichand, he was the second player from India who won ALL ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP in 2001.

After serving as a player for India,Pullela Gopichand became the chief coach of Indian badminton. He runs the Gopichand Academy which is bringing valuable players to the country.

Let us now talk about Saina Nehwal, she ignited the enthusiasm for badminton in the country. The first major win for her came when she won the Gold medal for India in Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008. After that, her fabulous performances continued and the stage for the Olympics had come. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, she reached to the quarterfinal of the women’s singles and became the first Indian to do so. She won gold medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games played at New Delhi. She reached No 2 position in BWF world badminton ranking in 2009,which was very proud moment for every Indian.

In 2012 at London Olympics, history was created as she won bronze medal in women’s singles and became the first Indian to win an Olympic medal in badminton. At the same time,Parupalli kashyap reached the quaterfinal in men’s singles and became the first Indian male to do so.

Another female Indian badminton player who is giving fabulous performances after Saina Nehwal is Pusarla Venkata Sindhu.

Sindhu came into International attention when she broke into top 20 of BWF world ranking in September 2012 at the age of 17.PV Sindhu won bronze in Guangzhou world championship in 2013 and became the first woman to win a medal in world championship for India in singles. She again won bronze in 2014 Copenhagen world championship. She won bronze in Asian games as well as in Commonwealth Games in 2014. In 2014,Indian women’s team led by Saina Nehwal won bronze medal in Uber cup and it was the first time it happened in Indian badminton history. Indian women’s team again won bronze in 2016 Uber cup. In 2015, Saina Nehwal became world No 1. She won silver medal in world championship held at Jakarta in 2015.

Now in 2016, all eyes were on Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu for Rio Olympics. History was created when PV Sindhu brought silver medal from Rio Olympics in women’s singles.

The 2017 year for Indian badminton will be known as one of the most valuable year in Indian badminton history. In this year PV Sindhu has won silver medal and Saina Nehwal has won bronze medal in world championship held at Glasgow. PV Sindhu won Korea open superseries and became the first Indian to do so. PV Sindhu is currently at 2nd position in the BWF world ranking and Saina Nehwal is at 11.

Meanwhile in recent time,there is tremendous performances shown by the Indian male players. Recently Kidambi Srikanth has done very well for India. In 2017,he became the first Indian to win the China open superseries Premier by defeating the Olympic champion Lin Dan in men’s singles. In 2017,he won Australian open by defeating the Rio Olympic champion Chen Long. He also won the Indonesian open and became the first Indian man to do so. Recently he won Denmark open super series and French open Super Series. He become only Indian to win 4 super Series in year.

HS Prannoy

Apart from him HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Ajay Jayram are also doing very well for India in men’s singles. In 2017,for the first time in the badminton history,five Indian badminton shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, HS prannoy, Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Ajay Jayram have featured within the top 20 of men’s singles BWF rankings. This shows that Indian badminton players are stepping foot forward.

Asian Badminton Championship

Sameer Verma

Indian national badminton team is currently ranked 9th in the world teams’ rankings but has been as high as 7th.


India will want to do well in doubles as they are doing well in singles. If we see the doubles history of India, Jwala Gutta have played a fabulous role. In 2011 London world championship, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta won bronze in women’s doubles and became the first doubles pair from India to win a medal in doubles in world championship. In 2009, Jwala Gutta along with Valiyaveetil Diju won silver medal in mixed doubles in world superseries finals. Jwala Gutta also won Gold medal along with Ashwini ponnappa in women’s doubles in 2010 Commonwealth Games held at New Delhi.

Right now India’s hopes for doubles are on Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Manu Attri, Sumeeth Reddy, Pranav Jerry Chopra. Still lots of improvement is needed in doubles to win an Olympic medal.

Another challenge for Indian badminton players is to bring a Gold medal from Tokyo Olympics 2020 both in women’s and men’s singles.So hopes are on PV Sindhu,Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth.

Bhavesh Chavda

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