Saina Nehwal is of the opinion that the Indian badminton graph is moving upwards which is a great thing for the sport in the country. She has also mentioned that she is focussing on her fitness to remain injury-free during the upcoming edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL).
Nehwal believes that the last 17 years have been dream years for the Indian shuttlers and it all begun with Pullela Gopichand winning the All England Championships back in 2001. She has mentioned that if one looks around he/she can feel the difference in Indian badminton and can note the improvement of the shuttlers around the country.
"Look around and you will discover that the graph of badminton is on the rise in India." Saina wrote in her column for TOI.
"The last 17 years have been revolutionary. It all started with Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) sir winning the All England Championships in 2001. Add to that my triumph in the Junior World Cup and the Gold Medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Parupalli Kashyap’s performances and then Jwala Gutta and Ashwani Ponnappa’s exploits in the women’s doubles, it inspired kids to take up the sport. All of that resulted in propelling PV Sindhu and myself into the top-10 of world ranking
The ace shuttler will play for her new franchise North Eastern Warriors (NEW) in the 2018 edition of the PBL and she is looking forward to an injury-free run during the upcoming event. She was roped in by the North East franchise for a huge sum of Rs 80 lakh at the auction where she was one of the icon players. She played for Awadhe Warriors for three years in the badminton league.
"I wish to remain injury free in this PBL season. I am feeling good and have finished runners-up at the Indonesia Masters and Denmark Super
"The PBL played its role to perfection in this aspect. Youngsters saw their