Indian badminton has been improving by leaps and bounds for quite a few years now. The current Indian brigade led by Saina Nehwal has established itself as a force to reckon with.
Kidambi Srikanth has recently attained his career-best ranking of no. 3 and Parupalli Kashyap has broken back into the top 10 after a stupendous show at the Indonesian Open. It is a good time to have a look back at some of the best moments of Indian badminton over the years.
Prakash Padukone reigns supreme at All England Championships
One of the biggest stalwarts of Indian badminton, Prakash Padukone helped put India firmly on the global sports map. 1980 turned out to be his annus mirabilis in which he won the Danish Open, the Swedish Open and became the first Indian to be crowned the All England champion.
The glittering performances saw him grab the numero uno ranking as well. Needless to say, Padukone became an idol for many in India who wanted to follow his path.
Pullela Gopichand fights injury to win the All England title
The current chief national coach, Pullela Gopichand emulated Padukone’s feat of winning the All England Championships in 2001. And his accomplishment was a tale of sheer grit, determination and never-say attitude. Gopichand fought a career-threatening knee injury and subsequent surgery to rise to the pinnacle of glory at the All England tournament.
And beating the then world no. 1 Peter Gade in the semi-finals was simply the icing on the cake!
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