There is no doubt that cricket is the one of the most dominating and beloved sport in the country. Fans go crazy to watch their superstars hit the leather a long way over the boundary line. With T-20 cricket coming into picture the popularity and fan following for the sports have increased by leaps and bounds.
There was a time when all the money was pumped into cricket, while other sports took a backseat. As times changed things has changed as well with Badminton also becoming a popular sport
Today we look at Indian badminton players and their medal prospects in the upcoming Asian Games.
Indian badminton has gone from strength to strength in last few years. Earlier it was Prakash Padukone, Pulella Gopichand who carried Indian hopes in the badminton arena, but now things have changed as the country has become a powerhouse in the sport.
With likes of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth in their ranks, Team India are the ones everyone will have an eye on. With medals in London & Rio Olympics, Badminton World Championships, All England and other Superseries events, India players are a force to be reckoned with.
With the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta just around the corner, we look at Indian shuttlers chances in the Asian games.
Unlike performance in major tournaments, Indian shuttlers have failed to stamp their authority in the Asian games. The biggest example is of them failing to win any individual medals, in the last three decades. The best ever performance has been winning bronze medal won by Women’s team in 2014 Incheon games.
The competition in the Asian Games is a lot tougher compared to Olympics. The tournament has been dominated by China and Malaysia. This year it will be a completely different game with the likes of Japan, South Korea, Thailand now having talented players in the international arena.
Speaking about India’s chances at the games PV Sindhu will be expected to bring gold after her silver medal-winning performance at the Badminton World Championships recently. In the current form, Sindhu will be hoping to break the jinx and win her and country’s first ever gold medal at the event.
Sindhu will be coming into the tournament after beating all the top Asian badminton stars like Yamaguchi, Okuhara & Sun-ji-Hyun, on her way to the final in the recently concluded World Badminton Championships.
Saina Nehwal on the other hand with her vast experience and big match temperament can also go a long way in the tournament and become a good bet to win the Gold in Singles.
In the Men’s section, the likes of K Srikant and HS Prannoy will carry India hopes of winning the title at the games. Inspite of not being in best of the form in the recent tournaments, both the shuttlers can become medal contenders in the singles category if they can strike good form in the tournament
With top quality singles players and a very good young doubles pair, the Indian Men’s Team has a good chance to reach the medal round.
Even though shuttlers from other nations will look to present tough competition, the Indian shuttlers will look to put their best foot forward and bring in more medals.