India has produced some excellent players in the past who have done the country proud. In recent time India has got two female players in Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu whose performance has been doing well in international tournaments. Many promising young male Indian shuttler’s have come into the international circuit. The likes of P Kashyap, K Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram, Sourabh Varma, HS Prannoy, Sai Pranneth and Guru Sai Dutt have been doing well in international circuit.
“2014 has been overall great year for the Indian Badminton” says National coach Pullela Gopichand. In the female section Saina Nehwal is the most experienced player. She was the first Indian women to win a medal in the Olympics in 2012. Her recent ranking in the World is number 4. The recent success was the China Masters in 2014 where she won the title. In the recently concluded Asian games 2014 she lost in the quarter finals. PV Sindhu, a teen sensation, too has been doing well in international tournaments. She was first women to win back to back World Championship in 2013 and 2014. She won the Macau Open 2014 yesterday (30 November 2014). The feathers her cap during 2014 include the bronze medal at the Commonwealth in singles event and another bronze medal at the Asian championship. The performance of these two female Indian shuttler’s has shown that they can compete with world’s best but often losing to Chinese’s top players, They need to improve their fitness and stamina to win over the Chinese and Koreans.
K Srikanth defeated the Olympic champion Lin Dan in the China Masters open winning the tile. He also reached the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Super Series. Because of these performances he has reached number 8 in the World rankings. P Kashyap was the first male shuttler to win gold medal in Badminton at Commonwealth games 2014. HS Prannoy another promising male shuttler had won the Indonesian open 2014 and lost in the semi-finals of the Macau Open 2014.
But when it comes to the Asian games there is no match to the Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese. The Indians are not able to maintain their fitness if the games goes into the third set. In the World rankings the top 2 players are Chinese.
In India, the doubles combinations are novices in women’s, mixed doubles and men’s doubles. To reach the level of the Chinese, India must have good men’s double team, women’s double team.
In 2014 Indian women’s team won the bronze medal in the Asian games for the first time after 28 years. They defeated Thailand in the quarter finals 3-2 before losing out to hosts South Korea 1-3. The women’s team created history by winning a bronze medal at Uber Cup in New Delhi in May 2014. In the Uber Cup, China is the team with most number of titles 13 which shows they are much superior team than any other country.
The biggest test of this Indian shuttler’s is doing well in the 2016 Olympics. Apart from Cricket the Indian people support this game and want Indian shuttler’s to perform well in international tournaments. India’s badminton progression has been great in the year 2014 and hope that 2015 could be much better year for these top players.