The World Badminton Championships sets into sky at Guangzhou, but a new rise awaits us– Indian Badminton League, what many believe to be the best thing that is happening to Badminton in India. A Six side team event, with a complete mix of International Stars and Upcoming youngsters is set to begin on August 14th. In this article we will go through the strengths, weakness and the X-factors of all the teams.

In this Part-1 we will be analyzing three teams. Banga Beats Coach: Vimal Kumar Icon Player: Parupalli Kashyap, BWF World no.13 Strengths: Promising Singles players Weakness: Doubles Analysis: Banga beats is having a strong men’s singles contingents in names of Hun Yun (Honk Kong), world no.06 and the ace shuttler of India Parupalli Kashyap. In women’s Singles Tzu Ying Tai, a rising star from Taiwan will be the primary choice, with the Spanish Carolina Marin as a backup. In doubles category Carsten Mongesan will have to pair up with Akshay Dewalkar. The mixed doubles look bleak – Aparna Balan will have to pair up with Mongesan, who will also have to play men’s doubles. This team’s chances depends a lot on the way the women play, a win in their category will make the equation simple taking pressure off the doubles pair; On the other hand, if they fail they have to trust the experience of Carsten Mongesan.

Hyderabad Hotshots Coach: Rajendra Kumar

Icon Player: Saina Nehwal, BWF World no.3 Strengths: Experienced campaigners Weakness: None Analysis: Hyderabad Hotshots is an action packed side with season campaigners.  Former Olympic champion, the retired Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia). The second choices Ajay Jayaram of India will be closely watched. Playing for the home team, Saina Nehwal – India’s most celebrated badminton star will look to turn her momentum after considering her title-less run in 2013 so far. Hyderabad Hotshots have did a smart move by buying doubles’ pairs who are already playing together: Shem Goh & Kim Wah Lim (Malaysia) in men’s doubles and Pradnya Gonde and Tarun Kona (India) in mixed doubles. It is also very likely that the youngsters will get a nod in.

Mumbai Masters Coach: Aparna Popat Icon Player: Lee Chong Wei, BWF World no.1 Strengths: Rock solid singles contenders Weakness: Doubt over pairing in doubles

Analysis:  Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Marc Zwiebler (German) the world no.11 are one of the smartest buys. Tine Baun (Denmark) will be the core of the team. Vladimir Ivanav’s versatility of being able to play both singles and doubles can be used as an advantage to shatter the opponent’s plans. Pranav Chopra and Manu Attri having played together for a pretty long time will be a question for the coach to answer about. Sikki Reddy will be the mixed doubles partner for the Russian. It will be interesting to see how the coach introduces the Indian women into attack with Tine Baun’s never tiring rivals – Juliane Schenk, Saina Nehwal looking to hunt. My next article will cover the rest of the three teams, almost any time can win the title if they play consistent badminton for a period of time.


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