10 badminton players that will be the future torchbearers for India!

Mansi Mirani
Jan 16, 2019 07:51 IST
Badminton Players

P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Pullela Gopichand –these are a few names that have made the country proud by winning international laurels. They have stellar game, dedication and will to achieve glory. India has always been blessed with good sports personalities, and when it comes to talented badminton players we are lucky.

While the current lot of players have millions of hopes pinned on them, the newer and younger lot is also gearing up in full force to join them! And the way they are climbing higher each day, it won’t be wrong to say that they’re going to make India’s footing in International Badminton even more stronger!

Here’s a list of players that you NEED to know of:

1. Sourabh Varma: He became the Indian National Badminton Champion at the mere age of 19 and won his first international title that year at the Bahrain International Challenge. He also won lots of laurels in 2014 including the Malaysia Open Grand Prix. He is currently ranked 56 in the world.

2. RMV Gurusaidutt: He is the first Indian to win the Dutch Junior International (2008), and also won the Bahrain International Challenge that year. He won the India Open Grand Prix Gold in 2009. He has a bronze up his sleeve that he won in the 2014 Commonwealth Games!

3. Ajay Jayaram: He has been a part of most semifinals and quarterfinals of many international series, such as, World Championships held in London and the Li Ning Masters. He had the highest individual ranking of 21 in 2013.

4. Arundhati Pantawane: She is presently the third highest ranking Indian in the womens’ singles badminton. She was a part of the Asian Games team of 2010 and won the Bahrain International Challenge in 2012.

5. Aditi Mutatkar: She is only the third Indian to have won the Badminton Nationals in all age categories. She was ranked 27 in 2008 after reaching the finals of Bitburger Open in Germany, and also became the second player to reach the finals of the Grand Prix event that same year.

6. Lakshya Sen: He became the number one junior singles badminton player in the world in February 2016 at the age of 16! He has also won the Senior India International Series Badminton Tournament and the All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament.

7. Sameer Verma: He was the first Indian player in 24 years to reach the finals of the Hong Kong Super series in 2016! He has won the Commonwealth Youth Games (2011), The Bahrain International Series (2013), and the Bangladesh Open (2015).

8. Ruthvika Shivani: She won the Thailand Uber Cup in 2016 and is seen to have a lot of potential. She trains at the Gopichand academy since 2012.

9. Meet Satwik: He has a lot of International laurels under his belt at a very young age. He has won the gold in Badminton Asia Championship (2015), gold in Canada Open (2016), and bronze in Polish International Tournament.

10. HS Prannoy: He was part of the gold medal winning mixed team at the Commonwealth Games. He was ranked 11 in World rankings! He has also won the gold in South Asian Games.

These players are certainly portraying a great potential for India’s future and we hope the keep making us proud by bringing the medals!