India has been a strong nation in terms of performance in badminton, though overshadowed by the might of China. However today, we have some Indian badminton players who are within touching distance of achieving greatness and laying a marker for subsequent generations of Indian badminton players. In this article, we look at some interesting facts and statistics about Indian badminton:
#1 Indian badminton top ranked singles players
The first name to come to mind is Saina Nehwal (no doubt, she won a gold medal in the commonwealth games and a bronze in the Olympics). However, she is not the only achiever in singles. Many other stars like Kashyap, Sindhu , Srikanth and Prannoy have emerged.
Out of them Srikanth Kidambi is currently India’s highest ranked singles player and is currently ranked third in the world. He is the only Indian apart from Saina Nehwal and erstwhile champion Prakash Padukone to have broken into the world top three from India.
#2 Two Indians have won the Prestigious All England Open
Winning the All England Open is no child’s play and the fact that two Indians have won it in the past is indeed creditable. It was Prakash Padukone back in 1980 and in 2001 it was Pullela Gopichand, who secured the title.
Since then India has come close with Saina reaching the finals last year.
#3 Indian badminton medal tally in Multisport events
India’s only medal in the Olympic Games was earned by Saina Nehwal back in the 2012 edition in London. Just a year away from the next Olympics in Rio, India would want to take the tally higher in what is one of the most popular sports in the country.
Apart from a solitary medal in the Olympics, India has managed 19 medals in Commonwealth Games, eight at the Asian Games and another four at the World Championships.
These were some of the key achievements by Indian Badminton stars. These past achievements may not be that incredible, but the road ahead seems promising. Upcoming talents like RMV Gurusaidutt, Ajay Jayaram, Sourabh Verma and many more have the potential to create a legacy for their own and finish the job that was once started. The job of putting India on top of the world in Badminton!