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 Asia C'ship: Sindhu, Saina, Sameer in QF

    Updated On : Apr 25,2019   6:24 pm
Wuhan (China), April 25 (IANS) Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma on Thursday advanced to the quarterfinals of the ongoing Badminton Asia Championship after winning their respective pre-quarterfinal matches. View More..

Asian C'ship: Sindhu and Saina advance, Srikanth exits

    Updated On : Apr 24,2019   5:44 pm
Wuhan (China), April 24 (IANS) Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Sameer Verma registered victories in their first round matches on Wednesday to advance to the pre-quarterfinal Badminton Asian Championship. However, it was the end of the road for Kidambi Srikanth who made an early exit. View More..

BAI rejects shuttlers' charge of Asia C'ship snub

    Updated On : Apr 22,2019   9:46 pm
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday rubbished claims of Indian shuttlers H.S. Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth that administrative goof-ups had robbed them of participation at the Asia Badminton Championship. View More..

Singapore Open: Sindhu in semis, Saina exits

    Updated On : Apr 12,2019   7:04 pm
Singapore, April 12 (IANS) Saina Nehwal's disappointing show continued at the Singapore Open as the shuttler crashed out of the tournament while PV Sindhu entered the semi-finals here on Friday. View More..

Sindhu, Saina through to quarters in Singapore Open

    Updated On : Apr 11,2019   3:12 pm
Singapore, April 11 (IANS) P.V. Sindhu advanced to the quarter-finals of the Singapore Open on Thursday beating Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark 21-13, 21-19 in straight sets. Sindhu beat the world number 22 in just 39 minutes, after Saina Nehwal defeated Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 to reach the quarters. View More..

Malaysia Open: Lin Dan wins men's singles title

    Updated On : Apr 07,2019   7:38 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 7 (IANS) Veteran Lin Dan won the all-Chinese final to take the men's singles title at the Malaysia Open badminton tournament, here on Sunday. View More..

Malaysia Open: Indian challenge over, Srikanth exits

    Updated On : Apr 05,2019   3:14 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 5 (IANS) The Indian challenge came to an end in the Malaysia Open 2019 as Kidambi Srikanth lost his quarter-final match to Olympic champion Chen Long of China here on Friday. View More..

Malaysia Open: Sindhu crashes out, Srikanth advances

    Updated On : Apr 04,2019   6:24 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 4 (IANS) Ace India shuttler PV Sindhu was knocked out of the Malaysia Open 2019 while Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the next round here on Thursday. View More..

Sindhu crashes out of Malaysia Open

    Updated On : Apr 04,2019   5:22 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 4 (IANS) Ace India shuttler P.V. Sindhu was knocked out of the 2019 Malaysia Open as she lost in straight sets to South Korea's Sung Ji Hyun in the second round here on Thursday. View More..

Malaysia Open: Sindhu advances, Saina out

    Updated On : Apr 03,2019   7:04 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 3 (IANS) Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of Malaysia Open 2019 on Wednesday, while PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round. View More..

Malaysia Open: Sindhu, Srikanth advance, Prannoy out

    Updated On : Apr 03,2019   4:06 pm
Kuala Lumpur, April 3 (IANS) Ace India shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the ongoing Malaysia Open while HS Prannoy's journey ended after losing his men's singles affair. View More..

Axelsen beats Srikanth to win India Open 2019

    Updated On : Mar 31,2019   7:38 pm
New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Viktor Axelsen dashed Indian hopes with a 21-7, 22-20 win over Kidambi Srikanth at the India Open 2019 final, here on Sunday. View More..

Srikanth enters India Open final, Sindhu out

    Updated On : Mar 30,2019   8:38 pm
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) While ace India shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth entered the final of the India Open, here on Saturday, Parupalli Kashyap and PV Sindhu crashed out after losing their respective semifinal matches. View More..

India Open: Srikanth beats Yuxiang to enter final

    Updated On : Mar 30,2019   4:42 pm
New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Kidambi Srikanth beat China's Huang Yuxiang 16-21, 21-14, 21-19 on Saturday to enter the final of the 2019 India Open badminton tournament. View More..

India Open: Srikanth, Kashyap storm into semis

    Updated On : Mar 29,2019   8:46 pm
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap kept Indian hopes alive by advancing to the semifinals of the India Open, a BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, here on Friday. View More..

Praneeth edges past Sameer to India Open quarters

    Updated On : Mar 28,2019   8:48 pm
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) In an enthralling all-Indian second round face-off, Sai Praneeth edged fifth seed Sameer Verma to enter the quarter-finals of the India Open 2019, a BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament, here on Thursday. View More..

India Open: Sindhu, Praneeth, Srikanth in next round

    Updated On : Mar 27,2019   7:28 pm
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Ace India shuttler P.V. Sindhu started her Indian Open 2019 campaign with a bang as she thrashed compatriot Mugdha Agrey while B. Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth also won their respective first round matches. View More..

Momota, Lin to feature in Asia Badminton C'ships

    Updated On : Mar 26,2019   9:02 pm
Wuhan, March 26 (IANS) The first batch of competitors, featuring shuttlers from China, Japan, Indonesia and other top badminton nations, for the 2019 Asia Badminton Championships was announced, here on Tuesday. View More..

India Open: Kartik, Pranaav make it to main draw

    Updated On : Mar 26,2019   6:26 pm
New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Eight singles players and 10 teams from India have secured berths in the main draw on completion of the qualifying rounds at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, here on Tuesday. View More..

China wins 2019 badminton Asia mixed team trophy

    Updated On : Mar 24,2019   9:28 pm
Hong Kong, March 24 (IANS) China won the 2019 badminton Asia mixed team championships by defeating Japan 3-2 in the final, here on Sunday. View More..