5 ways that the Premier Badminton League will help Indian badminton
A look at how the PBL could benefit Indian badminton.
The second season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) will begin in Mumbai on Saturday, and much is expected out of the two-week competition. The league will see some of the best players in the game play for six different teams and explore different parts of the country, in a veritable badminton extravaganza.The league has a lot of scope to help Indian badminton, as already seen in the first edition back in 2013. Here is a look at five ways by which the PBL could prove to be beneficial for the sport in the country.
#1 Chance for youngsters to play with senior Indian stars
Each of the PBL teams consists of 10 players that include some very well-known Indian as well as overseas professionals. Also, in the mix will be a few upcoming Indian players, and the two-week competition provides some of them with a great opportunity to play alongside the greats.
For someone like Siril Verma, who will represent the Hyderabad Hunters, to be in the same team as Parupalli Kashyap would be a dream come true, and he will look to gain as much as he can from the Commonwealth gold medalist.
Similarly, it would be an awesome experience for 17-year-old Vrushali Gummadi to train with Saina Nehwal while playing for the Awadhe Warriors.
The likes of Kashyap and Saina have experienced first-hand what it takes to become a badminton star in India. The PBL would thus provide an avenue for a lot of young Indian talent to learn those invaluable lessons.