The racket sport which can make use of the rackets to shot the shuttlecock with the provided net area is referred to as Badminton. Even this game can be grouped with larger teams to compete however; the common forms are named as Singles (single player match) and Doubles (a combination of two players). This is a casual outdoor game which can be played on a beach or in a yard and the formal games can be held within the rectangular indoor court.

On this blog post, I am going to list down top 10 famous Indian badminton players and talk about their amazing inspiring success stories, their achievements, and struggles.

This article is going to be an ultimate source of inspiration if you love badminton from the heart. So, keep reading till the end to gather detailed knowledge about these badminton stars.

The points can be scored by using the badminton racket to smash the shuttlecock towards to the opponent’s half side of the court. Any player within each side can strike the shuttlecock only one before it target towards the opponent net area.

If once the shuttlecock touches the floor or if there is any fault raised by the opposing side, the service judge, or the umpire then the play ends.

The shuttlecock is made up of plastic projectile or feathered which files with variant style when compared to other sports balls. Moreover, the feathers are created with higher drag which causes to decelerate the shuttlecock more rapidly. When compared with the other racket games, the Shuttlecock provides a top speed movement. The distinctive nature of the sport provided its shuttlecock’s flight.

This game was flourished from older games of shuttlecock and battledore in British India. This is a European game which was earlier dominated by Denmark but later it was more popular in Asia which dominated with recent competitions by China. Since 1992, the Summer Olympic sport included Badminton game with four events: Women’s doubles, Men’s doubles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles, also included 4 years later with Mixed Doubles.

The excellent fitness was demanded by the play’s high levels: the players should have precision, speed, strength, agility, and aerobic stamina. This is also referred to as a technical sport which includes the sophisticated racket movement’s development and good motor coordination.

Indian Badminton History

Especially with people of ages, Sports is always a fitness option and as well as a great recreational. With regards to health, the sport indulges the best bet for elders, youngsters, and children. The age-old tradition in India is playing a sports event. Cricket is the most dominant game among others in India however, Badminton still manages to have numerous dedicated followers.

In India, Badminton game is also played outdoors with lack of space within indoor. This is also developed as a serious game with comparative in India. The new talents are unraveled by periodically conducting National and Regional level tournaments.

Badminton Origin in India

The badminton game was well described from the earlier games like Shuttlecock and battledore. During the medieval era, the badminton game has laid its modern version in India. British Army Officers gave the first presence of badminton game when they were in Pune, India. The game was also named as Poona becomes of its origin. The game (Poona) was developed from shuttlecock, battledore, and children’s game.

British took all the game pieces of equipment with them when they moved to England in 1870s. After three years, they launched the lawn party named as Badminton. On the same day, the Poona game was also launched to entertain the public. From then, it was named as party sport or referred to as The Badminton game. Bath Badminton Club was formed their dedicated club in 1877. Also, this club deserves the first official game rules to play the Badminton game.

Here Are Top Famous Badminton Players in India List (Female and Male )

Please find below the list of top famous Indian badminton players and their inspiring stories:

Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal is the one among the best Indian women’s badminton player and has won various championships. Earlier she lived in Haryana state and later moved on the Hyderabad when she was a child. She started the training with the best coaches from there. At teenage, she won the U-19 National championships and then started to achieve the major circuits with her professional circuit.

The first Indian player to win the BWF series and awarded with a Gold medal at 2010 Commonwealth games. Her unforgettable bronze medal achievement at the 2012 London Olympics is the best career in her life. She had also won numerous Government of India awards and India’s leading sportsperson.

Career

Saina won the 2006 Philippines Open tournament under junior level matches. Also, won the runner-up award at 2006 BWF World level Junior Championship. Saina the first Indian player to win both BWF Super Series and 2009 Indonesia Open events. In 2012, she won all the tournaments like Denmark Open Series, Indonesia Open Series, Thailand Open Grandprix, and Swiss Open with her dedication towards her gameplay.

Saina Nehwal achieved the Padma Shri award from the Government of India in 2010. Later, with her dedication, she also rewarded with Padma Bushan by the Government of India.

Sania’s achievements made her as India’s focus and inspired many sports fan to become a badminton player. Earlier she had suffered from hiccups and was also refused by her grandmother. In Haryana, girl child discrimination was a rife but now, she is the girl child India’s campaign brand ambassador. Sania’s mother was also a badminton player and guided to groom her career.

Her father suffered a lot to financially support Saina’s training with his Government salary. He has to lend money from his relatives, friends, and neighbors to take care of Saina’s practice sessions. With God’s grace, everything went well and finally, she groomed as the best India’s women badminton player.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
2009 Arjuna Award
2009 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
2010 Padma Shri Award honored by the Government of India
2016 Padma Bushan Award honored by the Government of India

Prakash Padukone

The former Indian badminton player and co-founded the Olympic Gold Quest is referred to as Prakash Padukone. The aim of his foundation is to promote badminton sports in India. He is Karnataka’s well-known player and achieved the 1980 England Championship. He has also packed various titles like Swedish and Danish Opens, World Grand Prix, and World Cup.

He spent most of this training period with an International career in Denmark. Prakash later started his own Badminton Academy to provide his expertise skills to his trainees. From 1993 to 1996, he is the head coach for our Indian National Team.

Career

In 1964, he achieved the State Junior title and focused more on his career. In 1971, he won the National Senior Championship at the age of 16 years old and become the first youngest player to earn this feat. He is only one who had set a record of nine consecutive National titles until 1979.

Prakash won the Swedish and Danish Open, the Indian Masters, Alba World Cup tournaments in 1980 along with All England Championship. He captured the World’s No. 1 badminton ranking and the first Indian player to achieve it. He also won the Hong Kong and Dutch Open championships in 1982.

Prakash joined with his Indian badminton fellow stalwarts to launch the PPBA (Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy) in October 1994. The players who were selected on Merit will undergo the best world-class coaching and training which produce to participate in International and National level championships. The Promotion of Indian Sports was also founded with the co-founded Olympic Gold Quest.

Prakash’s father Ramesh is an inspiration for him to get into this sport. Ramesh is also a badminton player. His father was the coach and provided the entire possible infrastructure to pursue his career. He went on achieving all the championships with the best training from his father. Later he moved on to Bangalore with his family to pursue his career.

Initial days, he started his practicing sessions in the Wedding halls. His talent was spotted by the Karnataka State Badminton Academy and supported him to groom his career. With this inspiration, later he started his own world-class training with entire facilities. The Bollywood fame actress Deepika Padukone and golf player Anish Padukone were the children of Prakash Padukone.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
1972 Arjuna Award
1982 Padma Shri Award honored by the Government of India

PV Sindhu

P.V. Sindhu is named for achieving a Silver medal at Rio Olympics 2016 and also a professional badminton player. She is the youngest and the first Indian women to achieve this record. She is also the first Indian women to achieve the Badminton World Championships in 2013. Even the next year, she awarded with another bronze medal.

She had already achieved various medals for our countries like the Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, and two nation’s top sports honors. In March 2015, Padma Shri award was also awarded to her and the fourth highest award in her career.

Career

Sindhu’s family background is core related to sports which helped her lot to groom her career along with Coach Pullela Gopichan. The game success behind her reason is commitment and determination. August 19, the greatest day in Indian sports and Sindhu, the first Indian women to win the Olympics Silver medal in Badminton game. The Second time, we had achieved the bronze medal in Olympics, first from Saina Nehwal in 2012. Sindhu independently has broken various records and achieved multiple awards.

Sindhu the 95-born kid achieved so many trophies throughout the country. She is the one among the Indian women to hold the Olympic medal and we can see so many Sindhu manias from the upcoming years. She had won various championships and proven as one among the most promising personalities in sports for our country.

Apart from championships, she is the youngest player to achieve the Padma Shri award, the most important title in India. She is able to get an only Silver medal in Olympics by facing the World No. 1 badminton player. Even at that stage, she expressed her sportswomanship true spirit by congratulating and hugging her competitor even after the loss.

This is the first time, the whole country gathered to watch the favorite game after Cricket. We should be proud of Sindhu, who made her proud of our country and need to celebrate this great day when she returns back to India. This shows our country in slowly progressing to the next stage.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
2013 Arjuna Award
2014 FICCI Breakthrough Sportsperson
2014 Indian of the Year 2014
2015 Padma Shri Award honored by the Government of India
2016 Olympic Silver medal – Rio Olympics
2016 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

Pullela Gopichand

Pullela Gopichand is the former Indian badminton player. He is the second Indian player after Prakash Padukone to achieve the All England Championships. He is recognized with prestigious Arjuna award for his outstanding national sports performance and other accolades within the sports. From a young age, he is interested in Cricket but, his focus suddenly changed to Badminton game. That happened when his elder brother started to play the Badminton game.

Career

Earlier, he played only for the recreation clubs but later moved on National and International matches. In 1990 & 1991, he served as Caption for the Indian universities combined badminton teams and he groomed the players in a professional way. His parents forced him to be an engineer but which the perfect training from Ganguly Prasad and Prakash Padukone, he changed his career.

With his successful career, he started the Gopichand Badminton Academy to provide professional training to the upcoming Indian sports players. In 2014, he had also awarded the Padma Bhushan award for his successful achievements. We would like to inform that P.V. Sindhu, Sania Nehwal, and Arundhati Pantawane were also well-trained from this academy.

Inspiration

In earlier days, Gopi used his favorite jump smash to curtail or control the hitting while playing the shuttlecocks which would be a big struggle for him. Gopi’s Mother had also struggled a lot with financial things to purchase a shuttlecock for his son by even avoiding public transport travel. His family endured their sacrifice and hardship after Gopi groomed to the next level.

His family budgeted to cut-short the basic amenities which can save enough money to purchase the shuttlecocks, kit, and travel expenses for his son to get the training session. Gopi’s smashing shots and the game took a more aggressive and effective form. Even they fund their jewels for his son’s travel and stay with him during the days he played for your nation.

With regards to the International matches, he never played with fear even against the World No. 1 ranked players. He always pre-plan or forecasts about the future conquests after completing the current matches. He also planned to collect the entire used shuttlecocks within the tournaments and return back with the overall huge set of shuttlecocks with regards to the customs officials.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
1999 Arjuna Award
2001 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
2005 Padma Shri Award honored by the Government of India
2014 Padma Bushan Award honored by the Government of India

Jwala Gutta

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When compared to the Doubles category, the most efficient Indian badminton player is referred to as Jwala Gutta. She is a power-packed athlete who had achieved various International and National medals. She had awarded with a Silver medal in Commonwealth Games, Bronze medal in London BWF World Tournaments, Silver medal in Delhi Games under Mixed Doubles category, and a Gold medal in Commonwealth Games under Doubles category.

From teenage, Jwala was named as a top-class athlete. Started at the 17 age and achieved the Junior National championship. Shruti Kurien is the peer teammate joined with Jwala to achieve the Doubles National Title for the seven consecutive years from 2002 to 2008.

Inspiration

Jwala Gutta will prefer to play the deceptive strokes with the ability near to the net area, good anticipation, skilled netplay, great frontcourt affinity, and aggressive badminton player. Within the frontcourt, she is very dangerous and has good reading about the sharp and game interceptions. Even from the backcourt, she uses the deceptive drops and strong smash.

Gutta was very strong in particular games during her play and make use of her movement throughout the court. Even from her favored positions, she could make unforced errors while pushing over the move. She also suffered from some fitness issues and faced injury troubles during her career. Gutta is the best top doubles players especially to play the forehand services and even opt the backhand safer serve. She is unique in her own style.

Early life

Jwala Gutta was born in Maharashtra on 7th Sep 1983 and brought up Chinese mother and Indian father. Jwala’s father is from a family of Leftists and freedom fighters and her mother was from Tianjin. She came to visit Sevagram Ashram in India in 1977 and translated to the Chinese language about Gandhi’s autobiography.

Awards & Achievements:

Year Achievement
2011 Arjuna Award
2004 to 2008 14 Gold Medals for Women’s Doubles Championship
2006 to 2008 5 Gold Medals for Mixed Doubles Championship

Nandu Natekar

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In badminton history, Nandu Natekar is named as God of the Indian Badminton and masterstroke player ever. Natekar delivers extraordinary control during the game and provides artistry exquisite display and stroke making style. He is just invincible and considered as home court’s king. In 1956, he is the first Indian to achieve various International and National awards under his name.

Most of his sports fan traveled far away to watch this high-class game played by Natekar. He is pride to be most voted Indian sportsperson during the year 1961. During this time, he is the top-famous badminton player in India and ranked in 8th position within All Indian Championship. In 1961, he is awarded the Arjuna Award.

Inspiration

We all know that there are numerous badminton players available within India groomed their playing talent across the world. Nandu is one among them. He is also recognized as the best National Badminton champion. He has marvelous badminton career with regards to both International and National level tournaments.

Nandu has been in the badminton field for more than 15 years and defeated his opponents with the best scores. Only sportsperson to win the International level title in 1956. Even from his young age he practiced harder and groomed with his interest to retain his strong position within the game. He also founded an academy “NSF – Natekar Sports & Fitness”, to offer maximum encouragement to their badminton players.

Career

With 15 years of experience in badminton, he won the Men’s Double National Championship for six consecutive times. In Indian history, no other player had created this record. Nandu also achieved National level award for Men’s Single championship. Also, 5 times National level championship for Mixed Doubles.

He is a graduate student from the Mumbai Ram Narain College. Also, quite successful in both badminton career and as well as personal life. His son Gaurav, also become the Tennis National level championship for the consecutive 7 times in India.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
1961 Arjuna Award
1961 Most popular Indian Sportsperson
1989 IBF Meritorious Service Award
2001 Lifetime Achievement Award
2002 Sahyadri Navratna Puraska

Aparna Popat

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Aparna Popat is one among the best All time greatest Badminton female player and as well the Indian Badminton player forever. Most of the consecutive times, she holds the record of achieving National Senior level Women’s badminton title and also with her excellent performance established at various International Badminton Championships.

Early Life

Aparna Popat was born at Mumbai on 18th January 1978 to Hema Popat and Lalji Popet (a Gujarati couple). Her studies started at Mt Carmel College and J.B. Pelit School, Bangalore. She is a Commerce background graduate from the University of Mumbai.

Inspiration and Career

At the 8 years old, Aparna started her badminton career and offered a chance to play the match that was conducted by the CCI courts (Cricket Club of India) in Mumbai. Initially, she started with Tennis and after manages to get the best coach for Badminton then moved to place a performing remarkably in Badminton. During the game at CCI, she was guided by the Badminton coach named Anil Pradhan, who is well-known for his National Doubles Champion.

He recognized the hidden talent within Aparna and encouraged and guided her to play the game seriously. When she was at age 13, she flourished her as an Intensive Badminton player and achieved various championships within the games. She created the solid foundation within the gameplay by the expertise training for 8 years from Anil.

Like Aparna, he had also trained many other badminton players like Radhika Boase, Jyothi Sanghi and scaled their games similar to Aparna and they had also proved their level best from Anil’s training. In 1994, Aparna switched to continue her training under the PPBA (Prakash Padukone’s Badminton Academy), which is based in Bangalore to enhance her skills with effective style.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
1996 World Junior Championship – Runner-up
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur – Silver Medal
1998 French Open – Won the Women’s Singles
1996 to 2003 Eight years, consecutively won the National Women’s title
2005 Arjuna Award

Anup Sridhar

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Anup Sridhar is one among the finest Badminton player and also considered to be best Indian Badminton player in recent times. He is also famed as the Indian Badminton team’s captain especially in Thomas Cup tournament.

Early Life

11th April 1983, Anup was born at Bangalore, Karnataka. He started his schooling from the St. Joseph Boys Higher Secondary School and then completed a commerce degree B.Com from the Sai Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College in Bangalore. In the young age, he started to play the badminton game and achieved the first victory in Canara Bank tournament which was held at Bangalore (Indira Nagar).

Career & Inspiration

The first big success was enjoyed by Anup Sridhar during the International Badminton arena and also emerged the success at 30th Hungarian International tournament which held at the year 2005. He won the Bronze medal when he was the team member in the Indian Badminton team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

He went so many obstacles during the training session and managed himself to groom to the next level with this best effort. He is also able to reach the Semi-final round for both tournaments like Yonex Sunris Asian Continental and Yonex German Open tournaments in 2007. In Beijing Olympic Games which was held in 2008, he managed to reach the 2nd round and also achieved the Young Achievers and Arjuna Awards for this dedication towards the game.

National Level

Anup struggled a lot to win at least any one of the Junior National titles during the young age and not able to achieve it. However, he managed himself and successfully achieved the Senior level National title. In the meantime, he also achieved the Emerging Winner in 2004 in the National Badminton Championship.

Anup also grabbed the National Badminton Championship for the consecutive 3 times in 2005 & 2006. Apart from this title, he had also achieved various domestic tournaments in the Badminton game. He is famous for his powerful smasher and being a giant killer.

Special Skills

Anup honed his special skills by undergoing the advance badminton training at TATA Padukone’s Academy, Bangalore. He trained with a master level under the best guidance from the experts like Tom John, Vimal Kumar, and Prakash Padukone.

Anup Sridhar is well-known for the badminton game by providing the Hardest Recorded Smash. His smashes were famed during the World Badminton Championship which was held in 2007 at Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
2004 Eklavya Award
2007 Arjuna Award
2008 Young Achievers Award

Chetan Anand

Chetan Anand is one among the finest badminton player and as well as the Indian badminton player that the nation ever produced. He is the highest ranking player across the world and made upset a various number of players during the tournaments.

Interesting Facts

Chetan Anand is the first Indian badminton player to achieve the Men’s Singles Title in both Bitburger Open and Grand Prix events in 2008. He is the head coach for the BAI (Badminton Association of India) and also, it started the Coach Panel. In 2009, he was designated as the brand ambassador for the Li-Ning Sporting Goods. Currently, he is employed with ONGC Company (Central Government – Oil & Natural Gas Corporation of India).

After a long way, Chetan got his breakthrough at the young age and game has been dominated for many years. The young boy who has an immense potential had become the greatest player in this country. After certain injuries, he is not able to achieve his full potential and even nothing can easily hinder his game spirit. But, he is still making himself happy by connecting to the game either way.

Early Life

On 8th July 1980, Chetan Anand was born at Andhra Pradesh. His parents were Mrs. Suguna & Mr. Harshavardhan. He came from the sports background family and his father himself an Indian Badminton player and very much interested in the game. He started his schooling at Vijayawada, Veeramachaneni Paddayaa Siddhartha Public School.

The school offers adequate attention especially towards the entire sports activities since it is adopted by SAI (The Sports Authority of India). Chetan was encouraged by his father’s support and school’s environment made him more interested in the badminton game and started his training at a young age. He is also an Engineering degree graduate in Mechanical Manufacturing department.

Golden Moments

The most important moment that he never missed and enjoyed the success throughout the year 2008 and achieved two major unforgettable tournaments: Bitburger Grand Open Prix and Yonex Czech International. The same year, he also lost the final momentum of Yonex Dutch Grand Open Prix tournament.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
2006 Arjuna Award
2008 Yonex Czech International tournament – Winner
2008 Bitburger Open Grand Prix tournament – Winner

Syed Modi

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Syed Modi original name is Syed Mehdi, but during the contract with Mumbai Association, his surname was updated wrongly as Modi and he continued using the same surname. Syed was famous for achieving the consecutive 8 years National badminton championship from 1980 to 1987. He is one among the famous Indian badminton player and achieved the Gold Medal during the Commonwealth Games held in 1982 at Australia.

Syed also won two Gold Medals in 1983 & 1984 respectively for Australian International tournament. He had won Bronze Medal for Asian Games in 1982 in Delhi. The bad news that he was shot dead when he was at age 26 after completing this training session from the K.D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow on 1988. India lost the most brilliant player on that day.

Career

Within a short span of time, Modi proved himself with his dedication to the gameplay. In 1976, he becomes the national badminton champion at the junior level at the age of 14 years. Modi also started to offer professional training under the P.K. Bhandarim patronage and continued till 1982. After that Indian team, National Coach Dipu Ghosh taken control and sharpen his badminton skills. During 1980, his gameplay was exceptional and achieved the National Level Badminton Championship.

He was appointed as Welfare Officer as a paying job in the North-East Indian Railways (NE). Syed never stopped practicing and it makes him groom next level at the earliest. His performance was in trouble only after his marriage in 197-88. He also lost the National level championship in 1988 and this is the first time in his career.

Dev Anand, the Director and actor also narrated a thriller movie which is based on Modi’s murder. In 1991, the film was released in the name of Sau Crore and Raman Kapoor played the Modi’s role, which is a surprise box office hit.

Awards & Achievements

Year Achievement
1980 to 1987 Eight years, consecutively won the National Badminton Championship Title
1981 Arjuna Award
1993 & 1994 Austrian International – Winner
1982 Commonwealth Games – Men’s Singles Championship Title
1982 Asian Games – Bronze Medal

Tips to Become a Professional Badminton Player

Any sportsperson with skills, talent, explicit qualities, and most important determination and dedication then you will be always on the success path. You need to know the most important and vital information to become a professional badminton player. Please find below a few suggestions which will guide you to groom your career as the best professional player.

Know the Game – As an enthusiast, you need to know about the game and give a try. Before the training, you need to know the smashes, shots, hits, technical teams, and other protocols that are most important to the game. Knowledge is the essential key for a player to learn about how to drop, smash, and to serve correctly. In the meantime, you need to understand the backhand and footwork. Also, understand which shot need the force quantity or jumping to place the shuttle appropriately.

The Right Age – Please be informed that there is no age or right time to start the badminton game, but you need to start as early as possible. Any sports will take some more time to better understand the gameplay by the player. You need to follow numerous protocol within the game.

The player needs to groom his or her skills by learning multiple game techniques. Even the enthusiast is keen to learn the various shots. Since everything takes more time it is advisable to start the gameplay at an early age. I have written one post about badminton rackets for junior badminton starts to understand which racket is good for junior starters.

Physical Capabilities – If you are dedicating your life to any of the favorite game then it is most important to maintain your physical knacks. You should be excellent in psychological frivolities, tactical, and physical. The player’s legs and hands should be very fast as their mind.

The badminton player should exercise on a regular basis and follow the appropriate diet to maintain their body fitness and weight. The Elite players must have strength, flexibility, agility, and marvelous athletic ability.

Right Equipment – The player can perform well during the badminton gameplay with the help of various equipment. The player needs to choose the appropriate badminton racket which suits his skills. Sports shoes are the next important factor when it comes to footwork, so it is essential to get the right material and quality shoes. Also, one must start with the right types of badminton racket. You can read my guide about the checklist of things to look before choosing the right badminton racket for yourself.

Practice makes perfect – The most important thing for any sports is to practice. Even though if you are well trained by an expert, but still needs some practicing. You will not excel within the sports if you fail to practice. You need to have an 8 hours session to become a skilled player along with dedication. You can undergo strenuous and hard work training to get a better outcome and abundant to gain.

Conclusion

The gist of all these famous Indian badminton players stories is “Nothing is impossible with the right mindset and hard work”.  All of these above badminton players have dreamed big and worked hard to achieve it. So, get your badminton racket, tie up your shoes, go to the ground and start your training from today itself.

So, this is it, above I have listed down all famous and popular badminton players in India who make us proud many times.

I am interested to know how did you start with badminton and where you’re now?

Also, let me know in the comment section, which player story inspire you most?

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