Badminton in India


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Badminton is one of the most popular sports in India. It is claimed that it is third most played sport in India after Cricket and Football.

Badminton was originally conceived in India. Though this sport is related to Ball Badminton originated in Tamil Nadu (India) and Hanetsuki originated in Japan, many believe it was developed during 1800’s in British India by Military officiers working in the British Army. Some of the first rules were formed by during the games when they were played in Pune (Maharashtra), Vadodara (Gujarat), Karachi (Pakistan). As the game gained prominence, the Badminton World Federation was established in 1934 and the first national tournament was held in 1934 (India).

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Vijay Madgavkar was the first Indian players to win National Badminton Championship in 1934 at the Calcutta Nationals. In 1935, Madgavkar partnered B Roy to claim the national doubles title. Madgavkar, who had represented Calcutta in national sport, and was a pioneer in promoting the badminton all across the country. He was also India’s first vice-captain cum manager of the Thomas cup side which lost to Great Britian in the semis. But the things started to change after 21st century with best coaching and infrastructure facilities. With the emergence of top players like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, K Srikanth, H S Pranoy, P Kasyap, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponappa, the sports once again gained popularity. Here is a list of some of the best badminton players of India.


Recommended Badminton Rackets for Players


Best Badminton Rackets In India

Egret Solid | Super Lite | Caliber New | Vulture | Red Hawk-9000

Best Badminton Rackets for Beginners

High Carbon-900 Carbon shaft

Best Badminton Rackets for Children

Power Play-600 Graphite

Best Badminton Rackets for Smash and Control

Egret Solid | Super Lite | Caliber New

Best Badminton Rackets for Professionals (light weight hightension)

Red Hawk-9000 | Vulture | Lemur TI-2

Best Badminton Rackets for Professionals (head balance)

Takashi-551 | Takashi-552 | Takashi-553 | Mizuki-200 | Mizuki-300 | Mizuki-400| Ultra Carbon-7000

Best Badminton Rackets for Intermediate Players

Takashi-551 | Takashi-552 | Takashi-553 | Mizuki-200 | Mizuki-300 | Mizuki-400 | Ultra Carbon-7000

Best Budget Badminton Rackets

Mizuki-200 | Mizuki-300 | Mizuki-400 | Ultra Carbon-7000

Best Badminton Rackets Under Rs.1000

Power Play-600 Graphite | High Carbon-900


Top Indian Players of Badminton


Nandu M NatekarNandu M Natekar

He is often equated as the 'God of Indian Badminton’, Nandu Natekar was one of the best badminton players in the country. With more than 100 national and international titles under his belt, Natekar was also the first Indian to clinch an international title in 1956. He is the recipient of the first Arjuna Award instituted in 1961 and has been voted as the most popular sportsperson of India in 1961.





Ami Ghia ShahAmi Ghia Shah

She is considered one of the best players in women's badminton. She won National singles championship (7 times), doubles winner (12 times) and mixed doubles winner (4 times). She received the Arjuna Award in 1976.







Meena Shah Meena Shah

She was a national badminton champion of India who the Senior National Badminton Championships for seven years in a row (from 1959 to 1965) and also won the women's doubles title three times and the mixed doubles crown twice. She was a recipient of the Padma Shri and the Arjuna award.





Suresh Goel Suresh Goel

He was a National badminton champion and a recipient of Arjuna award. He was the men's national singles champion on five occasions from 1962 to 1970 and also won national titles in men's doubles and mixed doubles. He was honoured with the Arjuna award in 1967.







Syed Modi Syed Modi

He was a badminton player who won National Badminton champion (1980–87). Some of his most notable achievements at the international badminton circuit came in the form of men's singles title at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. He also won three other international titles such as Austrian International (1983 and 1984) and USSR International (1985), both of which were European Badminton Circuit tournaments.



Aparna Popat Aparna Popat

She was a badminton player who won national championship between 1997 and 2006. She was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2005. She was the lone Indian medalist at the Commonwealth Games held at Manchester, UK winning a bronze medal in the Women's singles.







Prakash PadukonePrakash Padukone

Prakash Padukone is considered a great legend of badminton. He was the first Indian ever to win the All England Championships title (1980). He also won the gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and also claimed the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. He won the National title consecutively for the next seven years. In 1978, he won his first major international title, the men's singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 by the Government of India.



Pullela GopichandPullela Gopichand

He was the badminton player who in 2001 became the second Indian to win the prestigious All England men’s singles badminton championship. He received the Arjuna Award (1999), Dronacharya Award (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2014). He currently runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy.



Srikanth KidambiSrikanth Kidambi

He is a badminton player who became the highest ranked men's badminton player in the world. He was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2018.



Saina NehwalSaina Nehwal

She was the rising star of Badminton in India. She reached the world ranking of 2 in December 2010. She was the first Indian to win a Bronze medal in badminton for Olympics in 2012 held in London. She is the first Indian to win a Gold medal in the World Junior Championships in 2008. In 2015 she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India after Prakash Padukone.



PV SindhuPV Sindhu

She is the Badminton Sensation of India. She became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal (2016) and second the Indian badminton player to ever win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal. She also won silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games (2018) and BWF World Championships in 2017 and 2018. World ranking of 1 in December 2016. She is a recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.



Badminton Association of India (BAI)


Himanta Biswa SarmaHimanta Biswa Sarma - President(BAI)

It is the governing body for Badminton in India. Based in New Delhi, BAI is an association registered under the societies act. It was formed in 1934 and has been holding national-level tournaments in India since 1936. BAI has 33 State Associations and 04 other organizations as its members that conduct Badminton tournaments. Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma is the president of Badminton Association of India.



Badminton India Schedule (Men and Women) 2019


January, 2019
Week Dates Title Category Venue
01 03-08 Jan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament (U-19 years) Qualifying 3rd & 4th Jaipur, RAJ
02 08-13 Jan PRINCESS SIRIVANNAVARI Thailand Masters 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 bangkok, THA
03 15-20 Jan Malaysia Masters 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 Bukit Jalil, MAS
03 15-20 Jan Yones-Sunrise - Union Bank All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament (U-19 years) Qualifying 15th & 16th Padukone Dravid Center Bangalore, KTK
04 22-27 Jan Indonesia Masters 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 to be confirmed, INA
04 22-27 Jan Yones-Sunrise All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament (U-19 years) Qualifying 22nd & 23rd Vijayawada, AP
05 28-03 Feb Yones-Sunrise 43rd Indian Masters (Veretan) Badminton Championships (35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 60+, 65+, 70+) Qualifying 28th & 29th Mapusa, Goa

Febraury, 2019
Week Dates Title Category Venue
06 10-16 Feb Yones-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships ( M&W) 10th & 11th -Inter State – Zonal Team Event Guwahati, ASM
08 21-24 Feb All India Doubles Ranking Qualifying 21st Atul, GUJ
09 26-03 Mar YONEX German Open 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 Muelheim an der Ruhr, GER

March, 2019
Week Dates Title Category Venue
10 05-10 Mar YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 1000 Birmingham, ENG
11 12-17 Mar Lingshui China Masters 2019 BWF Tour Super 100 Lingshui, CHN
11 14-17 Mar Yones-Sunrise All India Doubles Ranking Qualifying 14th Bihar
13 26-31 Mar Orléans Masters 2019 BWF Tour Super 100 ORLEANS, FRA
13 26-31 Mar YONEX SUNRISE Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2019 HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 New Delhi, IND

Badminton News

Badminton nationals: Railways want champions AAI disqualified

    Updated On : Feb 16,2019   11:14 pm
Guwahati, Feb 16 (IANS) The Senior National Badminton Championship here on Saturday got embroiled in a controversy as runners-up Railways alleged that newly crowned champions Airport Authority of India (AAI) have fielded "ineligible" players and appealed for their disqualification. View More..

Saina beats Sindhu to claim national title

    Updated On : Feb 16,2019   10:32 pm
Guwahati, Feb 16 (IANS) Saina Nehwal won the women's singles category of the 83rd national badminton championship by defeating PV Sindhu in straight games at the TRP Indoor stadium here on Saturday. View More..

Saina beats Sindhu in summit clash

    Updated On : Feb 16,2019   8:28 pm
Guwahati, Feb 16 (IANS) Saina Nehwal won the women's singles category of the 83rd national badminton championship by defeating PV Sindhu in straight games at the TRP Indoor stadium here on Saturday. View More..

Sindhu enters final, Chaliha wins hearts at badminton nationals

    Updated On : Feb 15,2019   8:34 pm
Guwahati, Feb 15 (IANS) Top seed P.V. Sindhu staved off a fightback from Assams wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha to enter the final in the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships here on Friday. View More..

Sindhu makes winning start at badminton nationals

    Updated On : Feb 14,2019   7:24 pm
Guwahati, Feb 14 (IANS) Two-time champion P.V. Sindhu began her quest for a third title with a win at the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships here on Thursday. View More..

Rituparna, Riya enter pre-quarters of senior badminton Nationals

    Updated On : Feb 13,2019   8:32 pm
Guwahati, Feb 13 (IANS) Former champion Rituparna Das of PSPB and top seed Riya Mookerjee of the Railways put on a brilliant display to book their berths in the pre-quarterfinals of the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships here on Wednesday. View More..

Shuttlers Lakshya, Sourabh make winning start at senior Nationals

    Updated On : Feb 12,2019   10:30 pm
Guwahati, Feb 12 (IANS) A day after leading the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to their maiden Inter-State Inter-Zonal title, Lakshya Sen carried his impeccable form to make a winning start at the 83rd senior National badminton championships here on Tuesday. View More..

Sen, Verma make winning starts at badminton nationals

    Updated On : Feb 12,2019   9:00 pm
Guwahati, Feb 12 (IANS) A day after leading the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to their maiden Inter-State Inter-Zonal title, Lakshya Sen carried his impeccable form to make a winning start at the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19 here on Tuesday. View More..

Sindhu, Sameer top seeds for badminton Senior Nationals

    Updated On : Feb 11,2019   10:58 pm
Guwahati, Feb 11 (IANS) Rio silver medallist P.V.Sindhu and former national champion Sameer Verma were on Monday marked as the top seeds of the women and men's singles, respectively, as the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19 gets underway here on Tuesday. View More..

Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei prepares for April return

    Updated On : Feb 11,2019   1:42 pm
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 11 (IANS) Malaysian badminton legend Lee Chong Wei on Monday said he is aiming to return to competition by April, in time for the Malaysia Open. View More..

Guwahati set to host senior badminton Nationals (Preview)

    Updated On : Feb 09,2019   9:34 pm
Guwahati, Feb 9 (IANS) Top Indian shuttlers will descend upon Guwahati as the Assamese city is set to welcome the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships 2018-19, starting on Tuesday. View More..

Expecting a better badminton medal haul at 2020 Olympics: Gopichand (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Feb 08,2019   4:42 pm
New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) India have got one medal in badminton from each of the last two Olympics, but current national coach Pullela Gopichand is confident that the Tokyo Games next year will witness a better haul. View More..

Indonesia to send 36-member team for All England Open

    Updated On : Feb 04,2019   9:26 pm
Jakarta, Feb 4 (IANS) Indonesia would send 36-strong badminton team for the 2019 All England Open with an aim to win doubles title, an Indonesia Badminton Association (PBSI)official said here on Monday. View More..

Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina Nehwal (IANS Interview)

    Updated On : Feb 03,2019   11:46 am
Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) For London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, life after marrying fellow shuttler Parupalli Kashyap last December has been a "dream run". India's star shuttler, who recently won the Indonesia Masters -- her first title in two years -- says it won't be wrong to call marriage her "lucky charm". View More..

Indonesia Masters: Chinese shuttlers defend mixed doubles title

    Updated On : Jan 27,2019   6:32 pm
Jakarta, Jan 27 (IANS) Defending champions Chinese top mixed doubles pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong won the summit clash of the 2019 Indonesia Masters badminton championship here on Sunday. View More..

Indonesia Masters: Saina crowned champion as Marin withdraws after injury

    Updated On : Jan 27,2019   3:34 pm
Jakarta, Jan 27 (IANS) Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal was crowned champion of the Indonesia Masters 2019 on Sunday after her opponent Carolina Marin pulled out of the summit clash due to an injury. View More..

Indonesia's top shuttler Lilyana bids farewell in last international appearance

    Updated On : Jan 27,2019   3:14 pm
Jakarta, Jan 27 (IANS) Indonesia's top mixed doubles female shuttler Lilyana Natsir bid farewell during the final round of the 2019 Indonesia Masters before her last match against the defending champions from China Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong here on Sunday. View More..

Saina enters Indonesia Masters final

    Updated On : Jan 26,2019   7:38 pm
Jakarta, Jan 26 (IANS) Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal advanced to the women's singles final of the Indonesia Masters 2019 after a hard-fought win over China's He Bingjiao here on Saturday. View More..

Saina enters Indonesia Masters final

    Updated On : Jan 26,2019   4:58 pm
Jakarta, Jan 26 (IANS) Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated He Bingjiao of China in a hard-fought encounter to enter the women's singles final at the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament here on Saturday. View More..

Indonesian champion Ginting out of Indonesian Masters

    Updated On : Jan 25,2019   9:38 pm
Jakarta, Jan 25 (IANS) Japanese top seed Kento Momota beat Indonesian defending champion Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-9, 21-10 in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Indonesian Masters on Friday. View More..