featurebadminton7 days ago

BWF World Championships | Indian shuttlers start litmus test with easy draws

In what will be a big test for the Indian shuttlers ahead of the Tokyo Olympics next year, they have been handed easy draws to begin with in the first round of the BWF World Championships. A huge blow for India would be the injuries to Swastiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who pulled out.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton12 days ago

Unassertive Kidambi Srikanth remains helpless India’s biggest hope

Injury has been often the differentiator between the best in the world and the best of the rest. For Kidambi Srikanth, however, injuries were the lesser significant element of the heady mix that brought his downfall. Despite popular opinion, it has always been his inconsistency, in epic proportions.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton18 days ago

Swastiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s win more a success story than glory

One would be wrong to assume Swastisairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s Thailand Open title special just because they defeated Chinese World Champions Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen to it, and thereby pulling up an over-brimming possibility for India in men’s doubles event at the World Championship.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadmintona month ago

PV Sindhu in need of a purging journey before she becomes legend

What makes the love for a sport eternal is the exact thing that had made it exceptionally ruthless, to begin with. And it is the same element that has turned mere mortals into demigods throughout the ages.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton3 months ago

The Indian Badminton Story

Over the last few days, an absolute prerequisite for a good story has taken over everyone’s veins. And while Tyrion Lannister’s last ever great speech might have something to do with it, it was Lisa Cron, who had previously pointed out its absolute significance in evolution over opposable thumbs.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton3 months ago

Sudirman Cup 2019 | Inconsistent Indian shuttlers leave fans little to be excited about

After reaching the quarterfinals of the 2011 and 2017 editions, the 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed team gold medalists India have been pitted with 10-time Sudirman Cup winners China this time. However, their erratic and injury-returned shuttlers are instilling very little confidence in fans.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadminton5 months ago

India Open | PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth India's biggest hopes in star-less tournament

With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the India Open, India’s title chances have highly narrowed down to two shuttlers - PV Sindhu and Kidmabi Srinkanth. Leaving aside the potential that the duo pack, their draws also make them increasingly favourable to reach the semis before any real challenge sets in.
Subhayan Dutta
featurebadmintona year ago

Kidambi Srikanth's roller-coaster ride in world badminton

After topping the BWF ranking chart in April, Kidambi Srikanth's performance graph in 2018 following the Commonwealth Games has nosedived and traversed unseen troughs. Srikanth ended the CWG with a silver medal after losing to Lee Chong Wei in the final, despite defeating him in the team event.
Chiranjibi Pati
featurebadmintona year ago

Know Your Heroes | Sameer Verma - the small-towner who made it big

Though Sameer Verma’s World Championships campaign ended after an early defeat against the legendary Lin Dan in the pre-quarterfinals, the match will be remembered for his audacious no-look shot that stunned the crowd. Ahead of Asiad, the World No. 21 talks about his preparation and chances.
SportsCafe Desk
featurebadmintona year ago

PV Sindhu’s World Championship final is more than match; it is a date with destiny

At a time when India was fading into mediocrity, a youngster emerged who would save the sport from falling into the depths of indifference as had happened to Indian football all those years ago.This would inspire a whole generation of athletes who would eventually become a force to be reckoned with.
Faizan Qadiri