We can be rest assured that Indian Women’s badminton is in safe hands. Along with Olympic bronze medalist & Former World No. 2 Saina Nehwal, two more rising world-beating stars have emerged in the Indian badminton scenario – PV Sindhu & Sayali Gokhale.
After cricket, the second most popular outdoor sport in India is perhaps Shuttle Badminton – At least, it was my second favorite sport (when I was younger). In spite of my valiant efforts, I repeatedly failed to qualify for my school team. Well, let’s keep my credentials aside for now… 🙂
PV Sindhu has now become the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Badminton World Championship for Women’s Singles (which has surprisingly eluded Saina Nehwal, until now). PV Sindhu defeated two high-ranked Chinese women enroute, and anyone who knows the might of Chinese players in world badminton will know how much effort that takes. Earlier, she won a gold medal and two silver medals in Grand Prix events (Grand Prix in Badminton, is equivalent to Grand Slam in Tennis. Well – almost).
Sayali Gokhale is another promising player who became the national champion last year by defeating PV Sindhu in the finals. She has a couple of international tournament wins also to her credit.
There is a reason why I am writing this post today, as another landmark for Indian Badminton – Indian Badminton League (IBL) starts from today. With participation from many Indian and World Badminton Champions, this will definitely make an exciting contest. I hope many people will turn up for the events or watch them on TV and give some support to the IBL – Indian Badminton players deserve it. Details about teams.
Of course, Badminton is fast-paced, entertaining and exciting to watch. Even better to play, actually 🙂