Sports in India is generally assumed for cricket. But what we can’t ignore is the meteoric rise in popularity of Indian badminton in recent years. Surprisingly, this sport has earned itself plenty of spectators with the mesmerizing show they put on. The growth of badminton in India is not just an increase in the audience of the sports, but a motivation for other sports as well.
There are many-many contributions from different players, coaches, and even the faculty for the upliftment of badminton as a sport in India. There are quite a few highlights which brought the spotlight to the sport.
Some iconic moments in the history of Indian badminton
Prakash Padukone’s All England Title
In 1980, Prakash Padukone won India’s first All England title, and this for sure caught many eyes. As it is rightly said, people do notice you in your success! This was India’s mark to success. Even the former shuttler accepted this win as the most iconic win in his career span.
Sindhu kissing the silver
Probably the turning point in Indian badminton, this Olympics match won laurels. The greatest achievement by any Indian shuttler is when PV Sindhu won the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Although she lost the final against Spain’s Carolina Marin, Sindhu did play some scintillating shots throughout the tournament.
You ask a kid about some Indian badminton star, and the name they’ll know is Saina Nehwal. Such is the popularity of this shuttler! She is amongst the first women champions from the country, taking India at the top ranking in Women’s Singles. Nehwal has many wins under her record and has become an ideal for young shuttlers.
Another Indian woman who got India the top recognition even on platforms like the Olympics, PV Sindhu is now the most renowned Indian shuttler. Her efforts and hard work towards the game have won her a place in the hearts of her fans as well as amongst the top 5 women singles players.
The Hyderabad-based shuttler is the only Indian to ace the top ranking in men’s singles. Another student from Gopichand nailed it in the International nets winning numerous titles and even winning games against the scintillating Chinese. Having achieved all of this in badminton, Srikanth has also awarded with Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
Not just these 3 but players like Ashwini Ponnappa, Jwala Gutta, and HS Prannoy have globally played their best games to attract people towards badminton. Indians in particular support teams winning in their respective fields, thereby, all these badminton stars have done a great job to keep the Indian audience happy.
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