(Last Updated on : 23/03/2017)
Indian badminton players have gained much acclaim in the international circuit. In India, badminton is quite a popular sport. On the domestic level, the badminton scenario has always been prosperous with fresh young talented badminton players. These talented youngsters forming the badminton squad of India draw inspiration from the achievements of the legendary Indian badminton players. The list of such great players includes popular names like Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand, Aparna Popat, Chetan Anand
, Saina Nehwal and more.
Prakash Padukone is one of India's greatest badminton players. The sport was synonymous with his name for quite a period of time. He was popularly known as the "Gentle Tiger" on the badminton courts. Prakash Padukone
was the first player to win the esteemed All England Badminton Championship. Apart from this prestigious title, he also won several other titles both national as well as international. Prakash Padukone was born on10th June, 1955.
Another popular name of the Indian badminton arena is that of Pullela Gopichand. Like Prakash Padukone, he also excelled on the international badminton sphere. Pullela Gopichand was born on 16th November, 1973. In the year 1989, he made his mark at the domestic level by winning the national championship in the state of Goa
. Prakash Padukone was his mentor and under his guidance, Pullela Gopichand emerged as a strong and one of the highly successful Indian badminton players. Pullela Gopichand
also won the title of prestigious All England Championship.
Dipankar Bhattacharjee was raised up in Guwahati
. He has been a star Badminton player from Assam. He has participated in many International tournaments representing India including Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics. He has been Indian National Badminton Champion three times and twice runner-up. In Barcelona Olympics he finished in the last 16 stage, the pre-quarters.
Aparna Popat is considered as one of the finest women badminton players the country has produced. This 'All Time Greatest female Badminton players of India' has made her mark in the national and international badminton tournaments with her giant-killing acts and by winning the women singles in French Open. Aparna Popat
was born on 18th January, 1978 in Mumbai
. Moreover, Aparna Popat has the record for holding the highly prestigious National Senior Women's Badminton title for greatest number of times successively (nine times).
B. Sumeeth Reddy
B. Sumeeth Reddy is an Indian badminton player who currently plays men's doubles.
Chetan Anand is another most popular and finest badminton player India has ever produced. He is actually one of the highest ranking badminton players of the world. He was born on 7th August, 1980. Chetan Anand has also received the esteemed Arjuna Award
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal - other being Saina Nehwal.
One of the best known Indian badminton players is Saina Nehwal
. She is considered as one of the most promising female badminton players of India at the moment. Saina Nehwal has to her credit the accomplishment of being the first Indian woman badminton players to have reached the Quart Final round of badminton tournament at the Olympic Games, and also winning the gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
is a popular Indian badminton player, who is considered as one of the finest players of the badminton arena in India in the recent times. Anup Sridhar is well known as the Captain of the badminton team of India at the Thomas Cup tournament, and for hitting the hardest smash in the history of badminton, besides performing with distinction in several international badminton titles.
Another popular female badminton player of India is Jwala Gutta
who is considered to be one of the finest Women's Doubles Badminton Players, the country has ever witnessed.
Arvind Bhat, hailing from Bengaluru started his career in Youth centre at the age of 11 in 1991. He proved his mettle at a young age by winning many age group level events at the state.
Rohit Yadav Chittaboina
Rohit Yadav Chittaboina is an Indian male badminton player.
Madhumita Bisht hailing from Jalpaiguri District
in West Bengal
is a former badminton player. She is an eight-time National singles champion, nine-time doubles winner and a twelve-time mixed doubles winner.
Arundhati Pantawane is an Indian female badminton singles player. She represented India at the women's team event of the 2010 Asian Games. Among other achievements, she won gold medal at the 2011 National Games along with finishing runner-up at the 75th Senior National Badminton Championships.
Tara Deodhar is a female badminton player from India. She is the daughter of India's cricket legend D. B. Deodhar.
Kukkapalli Maneesha is an Indian badminton player who currently plays doubles and mixed doubles. She partners Sanyogita Ghorpade for women's doubles events and previously partnered with J. Meghana, P. V. Sindhu.
The popular badminton players of India like Aparna Balan, Aditi Mutatkar, Farha Mather, Anoushka Parikh, N. Sikki Reddy, Poorvisha S Ram, Arathi Sara Sunil, Larisa Sadarangani, Meghana Jakkampudi, Harika Veludurthi, Damayanti Tambay, Arathi Sara Sunil, Larisa Sadarangani, Venkat Gaurav Prasad, Saurabh Sharma, Sameer Verma, Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj and many others have made the country proud by winning several prestigious titles at the international and national badminton arena.