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Has Indian men’s badminton started to peak and prosper?


Kidambi Srikanth,Parupalli Kashyap,Haseena Sunil Kumar Prannoy,Ajay Jayaram,Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati, Anand Pawar,Rajah Menuri Venkata Gurusaidutt,Manu Attri, B. Sumeeth Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

Who are these guys, really?

These young stalwarts are the modern face of Indian men’s badminton making the country proud in Badminton World Federation (BWF) competitions across the globe.

These are the players ranked in the top 100 of men’s singles and doubles by the BWF.

Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap are at the forefront of this brigade.

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English: kashyap is a indian badminton player

English: kashyap is a indian badminton player (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kashyap has been around for a while and captured gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. He was also a quarter-finalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He is ranked 10 in the world.

Kidambi Srikanth is the highest ranked Indian currently No.3 in the world. He clinched the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier beating Lin Dan in the final. He is the first Indian male to win a Super Series Premier title.

Haseena Sunil Kumar Prannoy is ranked 12th in the World and had his best year by far in 2014. He was a semi-finalist at India Open Grand Prix Gold,Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold,Macau Open Grand Prix Gold and the Sri Lanka Open International Badminton Challenge in Colombo. He was also a finalist at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix crowning it with a tournament win at the Indonesia Open Grand Prix Gold.

Ajay Jayaram is next on the list at 32 and his best is the 2014 Dutch Open Grand Prix.

Following closely at No. 33 is B. Sai Praneeth whose exploits at the US Open last week catapulted him to the limelight.

RMV Guru Saidutt and Anand Pawar at 44 and 55  round up the Indian men in the top 100.

Pairs Manu Attri & B. Sumeeth Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra & Akshay Dewalkar are ranked 24 and 33 in men’s doubles respectively.

Name Date Rank Points
K Srikkanth 06/26/14 29 38797
K Srikkanth 06/25/15 3 69164
PARUPALLI Kashyap 06/26/14 20 42263
PARUPALLI Kashyap 06/25/15 10 56541
H. S. Prannoy 06/26/14 55 26610
H. S. Prannoy 06/25/15 12 49100
Ajay JAYARAM 06/26/14 67 22120
Ajay JAYARAM 06/25/15 32 33460
B. Sai Praneeth 06/26/14 74 20430
B. Sai Praneeth 06/25/15 33 32730
R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 06/26/14 35 33805
R. M. V. Gurusaidutt 06/25/15 44 26530
Anand PAWAR 06/26/14 42 29460
Anand PAWAR 06/25/15 55 24670

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Tournaments organised by the BWF are ranked in the following order:

World Ranking Points Table

Rounds BWF Events(BWF World WCH & OG) BWF Superseries Finals &Premier Super series Grand Prix Gold Grand Prix Intl Challenge Intl Series Future Series
Winner
12000
11000
9200
7000
5500
4000
2500
1700
Runner up
10200
9350
7800
5950
4680
3400
2130
1420
*3/4
8400
7700
6420
4900
3850
2800
1750
1170
5/8
6600
6050
5040
3850
3030
2200
1370
920
9/16
4800
4320
3600
2720
2110
1520
920
600
17/32
3000
2660
2220
1670
1290
920
550
350
33/64
1200
1060
880
660
510
360
210
130
65/128
600
520
430
320
240
170
100
60
129/256
240
170
130
100
70
40
20
257/512
120
80
60
45
30
20
10
513/1024
60
40
30
30
20
10
5

*At the Olympic Games 3rd place will receive 9200 points. Fourth place will receive 8400 points.

Source: http://bwfbadminton.org

Only the best 10 results are considered while aggregating points.

Women players such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and even Jwala Gutta have monopolized the headlines with their stunning deeds. But Force Men will not be left behind.

Indian badminton fans can look forward to having another All-England champion , if not, a numero uno from amongst the above.

Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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About LINUS FERNANDES

I have been an IT professional with over 12 years professional experience. I'm an B.Sc. in Statistics, M.Sc in Computer Science (University of Mumbai) and an MBA from the Cyprus International Institute of Management. I'm also a finance student and have completed levels I and II of the CFA course. Blogging is a part-time vocation until I land a full-time position. I am also the author of three books, Those Glory Days: Cricket World Cup 2011, Best of Googli Hoogli and Poems: An Anthology, all available on Amazon Worldwide.

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