During the course of its long history, Indian badminton has seen many a memorable moment. From Prakash Padukone winning the All England Championships to Saina Nehwal winnig the bronze at the London Olympics, the game hasn’t been short of historic feats in a country that has made considerable progress in the sport over the years.
Here’s a look at the 5 best achievements by Indian shuttlers over the years:
5. Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa – Bronze 2011 World Championships
It was just under a year that India had found a new Women’s Doubles pair in the form of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa. The pair had made an immediate impact by winning the Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Having entered the tournament unseeded, the pair put forth a very commendable performance, defeating the 12th seeds Vita Marissa and Nadya Melati in the quarterfinals before losing to the 5th seeded Chinese pairing of Tian Qunlei and Zhao Yunlei in the semis, thereby settling for the bronze medal.
At the time when the Singles game in India was beginning to take small but meaningful steps, this achievement of the pair certainly came as a boost for the doubles game as well.
Although the pair have won a bit too inconsistently since that triumph, their win will certainly go down in the history books as one of the memorable moments in Indian badminton.