5 best foreign players on display in Premier Badminton League 3
Premier Badminton League is a franchise-based league which is managed and commercially owned by the Badminton Association of India. The third season of the league featuring six teams namely, Delhi Acers, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters, Chennai Smashers, Awadhe Warriors and Bengaluru Blasters, is ready to kick-start on 1 January, 2017.
The second season had been immensely successful. It is a platform where the best in the world compete against one another and the young Indian shuttlers get an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the sport’s biggest names.
Alongside the top Indian shuttlers, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and others, the league boasts a number of world-class players from other countries. Although top shuttlers from China and Japan give it a miss as they would be busy with their respective national tournaments, other top players are featuring in the tournament.
Here are the five best foreign players on display in the Premier Badminton League season 3:
#5 Viktor Axelson
This talented young shuttler from Denmark was bought by Bengaluru Blasters for a fee of INR 39 lacs. Victor Axelson, who is ranked 4th in the world currently, recently won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
He is one of the best players around the world and has won many laurels. This year he earned his first European Championship. In 2010, he burst onto the scene after winning the World Junior Championship becoming the first European to win the title.
The 22-year-old is a prized asset for any team. In the bronze medal match in Rio, he showed his character by beating Lin Dan from China 21–15, 12–21, 21–17. Fans can expect a lot of fireworks when he takes the court for his side Bengaluru Blasters this January.