P Gopichand says India will produce a world no. 1 in men’s badminton with time

Pullela Gopichand said that, with time, India may be able to produce a world no. 1 in men's badminton.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: May 11, 2017 4:52 am
Pullela Gopichand, Pullela Gopichand India, India Pullela Gopichand, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, sports news, sports, badminton news, Badminton, Indian Express Gopichand said that recent results may substantiate the notion that India is an emerging superpower in badminton. (Source: PTI)

Indian national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said that it will take some time before India produces a number one in the men’s game. In the women’s rankings, Saina Nehwal has earlier held the no. 1 ranking while PV Sindhu has risen to a career-best of no. 3. But none of the Indian men’s badminton stars are present in the current top five of the BWF ranks.

“You had (Kidambi) Srikanth as world No. 3 and (Parupalli) Kashyap as world No. 6. Now, Ajay Jayaram, Sai (Praneeth), (H.S.) Prannoy too have been ranked in the top 20. But to find someone who will be a world No. 1, I think we will need a little more time,” said Gopichand in an interview with Hindustan Times.

Gopichand said that recent results may substantiate the notion that India is an emerging superpower in badminton. “But a lot of work still needs to be done,” he added. Gopichand also said that, unlike what was the case a few years ago, it is not entirely unimaginable to think of Indian topping the charts in men’s badminton, “As a sport, we have progressed well; that there is bench strength signifies something is being done right. To make the next level, we will need a little more strength physically, little more strength mentally.”

 

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