Explore the Indian Badminton Players Who Made us Proud
Badminton is a game of the perfect combination of technique and power. Whenever we heard about this game the first thing that comes to our mind that we are hitting hard the shuttlecocks with the racquets. This would be one of the best memories of our childhood but have you ever wonder that who are the Indian badminton players that place badminton in every house. Well, the answer is there are some badminton players that worked hard to get success in this less popular sport in India. Check out the list here.
Syed Modi | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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He was born with the name Syed Mehdi but while playing in Mumbai his name was misspelled as Syed Modi, hence he got his fame with the name Syed Modi. Syed Modi won National Badminton Championship eight times from 1980 to 1987 consistently. He won Gold Medal in 1982’s Commonwealth Games which was organized in Australia and also he won Gold Medals in Austrian International consecutively two years in 1983 and 1984 and bronze medal in 1982’s Asian Games organized in Delhi. But Syed Modi was brutally shot dead while he was just 26 and returning home after practicing at Lucknow's K.D. Singh Babu Stadium.
Nandu M. Natekar | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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The Indian legend of Badminton, Nandu M. Natekar won more than 100 international and national titles during his 15 years of marvelous career. He was the first Indian who won the title in abroad in 1956 and awarded the first Arjuna Award in the year 1961.
Aparna Popat | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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The former Indian badminton player and a senior level National champion Aparna Popat has the world record of winning nine times national title consecutively from 1997 to 2006. She also won medals in two Commonwealth Games as Silver in 1998 at Kuala Lumpur and bronze in 2002 at Manchester also she won Silver in 2006’s World Junior Championships. She left this profession after that due to her wrist injury.
Chetan Anand | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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The four-time National level Badminton Champion (in 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2010) and Arjuna Award holder Chetan Anand considered as the most consistent player of India.
Saina Nehwal | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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Saina is the modern face of badminton as she won 21 titles yet and attained the 1st world ranking in April 2015. The success story of Saina has a long list of medals including a Gold medal in 2008’s World Junior Championship at Pune, won Super Series tournament in 2009, and won bronze in 2012’s Olympics at London. Also, she consists many awards in her bag as she awarded with Arjuna Award in 2009, Padma Shri in 2010 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2010.
P.V. Sindhu | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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P.V. Sindhu or Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is also the face of Modern Badminton has she is holding the 2nd world ranking currently. She was awarded Padam Shri in 2015 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016. In her career, she won many international and national titles and the counting is still on.
Pullela Gopichand | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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The legendary player Pullela Gopichand holds many records in his pocket as he won the Bronze medal in 1998’s Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur and Gold medal in 2001’s All England Championship at Birmingham. He attained 5th world rank in 2001 and awarded with many awards as in 1999 Arjuna Award, in 2001 with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in 2005 Padma Shri, in 2009 Dronacharya Award, and in 2004 Padma Bhushan.
Prakash Padukone | Famous Indian Badminton Players
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The legend of badminton Prakash Padukone awarded with Padam Shri in 1982. Along with winning the national titles 7 times consecutively, he won many international titles as the Gold medal in 1978’s Commonwealth Games at Canada, Gold medal in 1980’s All England Championships at London, Gold medal in 1981’s World Cup at Kuala Lumpur and the bronze medal in 1983’s World Championships at Copenhagen.