The Indian badminton players have performed consistently at the international level. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu have done the country proud by winning medals and laurels for the country. These two female players are in the top ten rankings. Other male shuttlers like P Kashyap, Ajay jayaram and Sourabh Varma have the talent of doing well but have to be consistent and play to their potential to win medals at the highest level.
In the recently concluded Asian games 2014, Saina Nehwal won the first two rounds easily but went to the top Chinese player Wang Shixgan. Saina won the first set easily and then lost the next two sets easily. Similarly PV Sindhu lost to the Indonesian player in the second round.
The Indian players manage to reach the knock out rounds but when they face the Chinese or Korean players Wang Shixgan, Sung find it taxing particularly when the game extends to third set or long drawn good rallies leading to tough matches. At the Olympics, level Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal after the Chinese player withdrew the match due to injury. PV Sindhu a two time bronze medalist at the World Championship lost in the semi-finals mainly due to fitness issue. The Chinese are much stronger and fitter than Indians.
In the Asian games 2014 Indian men lost to the Koreans in the first round itself. Kashyap who won the gold medal at the Commonwealth games 2014 was found wanting against the Chinese in the Denmark Open too. K Srikanth lost to Koreans in straight games. Chinese overall game is brilliant and they do not give the Indian players a chance to Indians to comeback in the games extending to the third set. The Indian players beat the Chinese rarely.
The analysis of the previous two years Badminton encounters of the Indian with Chinese, Koreans, Malaysian top players proves beyond doubt that our players need to work hard on their stamina, rallying and net play. BAI has to find some magician coaches to work on the shortcomings to climb the Chinese wall.