Indian states leading the pack in Badminton

Written By Writabrata

Day by day, Badminton is becoming a very prospect-based sport especially in regard to Indian sports industry. India is now the home to innumerable budding talents of the game, shining and making their nation proud in various international tournaments. Although, a recurring zeal for the sport started off from the Southern part of the country, enthusiasm for Badminton has gradually spread to other parts of India within the last decade. More and more Badminton athletes from states previously unrepresented in the sport are coming up to make their mark. However, it is important to check out the states currently coming on top in Indian Badminton.

Telengana: There can simply be no other state than Telengana to top this list. Its capital Hyderabad has the richest Badminton pedigree in India, producing the likes of Pullela Gopichand, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Jwala Gutta, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, N Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra, Sourabh Verma, Sameer Verma and RMV Gurusaidutt. The state also boasts of possessing the best Badminton academies in India with the Gopichand Badminton Academy at the centre-stage. All these make it evident that Telengana’s dominance in the sport is here to stay.

Karnataka: This is an example of another state whose capital city’s track record has eased its place at number 2 in this list. The pioneer of India’s Badminton success, Prakash Padukone hails from Bengaluru and since then, many from the state have aspired to follow his footsteps. Among the current pool, Ashwini Ponnappa, Anup Sridhar, Shikha Gautam, Raghu M., Ashwini Bhat K. and Mahima Aggarwal are proud representatives of the state.

Kerala: A list apparently dominated by South Indian states, “God’s own country” certainly does not lag behind when it comes to producing talented athletes of the game. Taking inspiration and encouragement from the progress of neighbouring states of Telengana and Karnataka, Kerala has joined the race with Kiran George, Sanave Thomas, Aparna Balan, PC Thulasi, Arun Vishnu and Valiyaveetil Diju.

Maharashtra: The only non-South Indian state in this list, Maharashtra has seen its fair share of achievements in Badminton through cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nasik and Nagpur. The state has constantly been vying to set an example of a state not from South India that can make its presence felt in Badminton and in the process, it has inspired states like Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab. Maharashtra has gifted the sport the likes of Chirag Shetty, Prajakta Sawant, Pradnya Gadre, Akshay Dewalkar, Karishma Wadkar, Siddharath Thakur, Akshaya Warang, Vighnesh Devlekar and Vaidehi Chaudhari.  

Andhra Pradesh: Rounding off this list with yet another South Indian state, Andhra Pradesh deserves a place among the best Badminton states in India. Although once a part of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, Telengana is now a separate state and with its partition, it has carried with it the high degree of Badminton richness and calibre it had always possessed. In the process, a blow has certainly been suffered by Andhra Pradesh in terms of its badminton progress. However, the state has caught on fast with the other states in this list and is steadily shaping up a “Badminton culture” in the state. K. Maneesha, Krishna Prasad Garaga, Gouse Shaik, Jaswant D, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Gadde Ruthvika Shivani have brought pride to their native state.

Numerous states are struggling to be a part of this elite list. However, if the rest of the states follow the example of these 5 instances, it will be just a matter of time before India becomes a badminton superpower in the long term.