Prannoy Haseena Sunil Kumar or HS Prannoy, as he is known to the badminton world, is an international badminton player. The 25 year old hails from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, while he was born in New Delhi on 17th July, 1992.
Prannoy started very young and soon joined the prestigious Gopichand academy in Hyderabad. He rose through the ranks very early and since played all domestic tournaments as a part of the Hyderabad team.
Prannoy made his international debut in 2010 on the back of consistent performances in the domestic circuit. He performed exceedingly well in the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and won silver in the boy’s singles category.
Rise to Glory
Prannoy always started as a young and promising talent. He had already made a name for himself in the domestic circuit and thus it was always known that he would soon make the country proud in international events.
After being the runner up in Youth Olympics, he followed it up with another silver at the Bahrain International Challenge in 2011. In 2013, he was again the runner up in Tata Open International challenge in Mumbai, where he fell to fellow shuttler Sourabh Verma.
In 2014, he won many senior singles national championships, while he became the semi-finalist in events like the India Open Grand Prix Gold, Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold, Macau Grand Prix Gold,etc. He also reached the final of the Vietnam Grand Prix. He bettered it the next time by winning the Indonesia Open Grand Prix. His performances were widely appreciated.
He had decent performances in 2015 and 2016. 2017, however was his landmark year.
Prannoy has performed well in many of the tournaments throughout his 8 year career so far. Still, he hasn’t won enough number of tournaments. This has been due to his persistent breathing issues and injuries. Since his childhood, he has had breathing problems and that has somehow hindered his performances of late. However, he has still been consistent enough.
But, he has had many injuries throughout these years and that has somehow proved to be the major reason behind his short downfall. He could have won many more tournaments had it not been for the injuries that he suffered in many crucial times.
Club(Pro Badminton League)
Prannoy plays for the Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the Pro Badminton League. Individually, he has been one of the most consistent singles player. He recorded 11 successive wins in the PBL, which is still a tournament record. Although the Smash masters never won the PBL, Prannoy’s efforts were instrumental in his team reaching the semifinals in 2017.
Prannoy still remains one of the best players in the world. This year, he beat two world champions in Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei and thus proved that he isn’t the one to vanish too soon. With around 200 career wins, the current world no. 21 has many more laurels pending for the country.