In India Badminton is the second most popular participatory sport after Cricket. Like every other sport, badminton is also managed by the Badminton Association of India. For many decades Indian Badminton players who have excelled in the game were representing the nations at the international level by clinching many World Championships, Olympic Medals, and others. Here, we have listed the top ten greatest badminton players in India.
Saina Nehwal is the first female Indian Badminton player to achieve the World no.1 spot in April 2015. She has achieved several milestones in badminton for India and became the most inspirational badminton players that India has ever produced. She has achieved 24 international titles and her current world ranking is 9 as on 5 February 2019.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi is the highest-ranked men’s badminton player in the world on 12 April 2018. He was honoured with the most prestigious India’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Sri. He has won a total of 11 career titles and his current ranking is 7 as on 26 March 2019. At the Commonwealth Games 2018, he won silver at the singles event and gold in the mixed team event.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She came to came to international attention by winning a bronze medal at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships held in Colombo. She became the first Indian to have clinched the World Tour title at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals. Sindhu is the recipient of the Arjuna Award for badminton in 2013, Padma Shri Award in 2015 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016.
Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar came to prominence by clinching a silver medal in Boys’ singles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. He got another silver medal at Bahrain International Challenge, 2011. Prannoy surprised one and all by winning a Gold medal at Indonesia Open Grand Prix 2014. He also won Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in 2016. His highest ranking is 8 achieved on 3 May 2018.
Pullela Gopichand is an Indian former badminton player and he is the second Indian to achieve All England Open Badminton Championships after Prakash Padukone. In his international career, he represented India in 3 Thomas Cup tournaments. He achieved his highest ranking 5 at All England Open Badminton Championships, Birmingham in 2001. He is a recipient of several accolades for his sporting achievements.
Jwala Gutta is a left-handed badminton player. She won the National Badminton Championships fourteen times and represented India at the international circuit from 1999 to 2017. She has won numerous medals for Indian badminton and she was rewarded with Arjuna Award for Badminton by the Indian Government in 2011.
Ashwini Ponnappa Machimanda is the first Indian player to have won the bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in 2011 in the Doubles category. Ashwini Ponnappa won a Gold medal in partnership with Jwala Gutta and Silver medal with Manu Attri at the 2016 South Asian Games in the Mixed Doubles category. Ashwini Ponnappa was honoured with Arjuna Award for Badminton in 2012.
Sourabh Verma was an international badminton player in Men’s single category. He won his first international title at the Bahrain International Challenge in 2011. He also reached a career highest singles World ranking 30 on 25 October 2012. In a row, he achieved 3 champion titles at Tata International Challenge in 2013, Iran Fajr International Challenge in 2014 and the Austrian International Challenge in 2014.
Parupalli Kashyap the Icon Player of the Indian Badminton team won the gold medal in men’s singles at Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. He has won 2 career titles India Open Grand Prix Gold in 2012 and 2015. Kashyap achieved his highest World ranking 6 on 25 April 2013. He is the recipient of the Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India reaching Quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics.
Chetan Anand Buradagunta became the national badminton champion in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2010 four times in a row. He won the Jaypee Syed Modi Memorial Grand Prix and touched his career highest world ranking 10 in 2009. He won the Irish and Scottish open badminton Championships in 2005. He received the prestigious Arjuna Award for Badminton.