Sunday, February 20, 2011

Indian badminton players

Indian Badminton players have been performing quite well in recent times. Badminton player Saina Nehwal of India, is in the world's Top 5 womens singles players today. Badminton Womens Doubles pair of Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa as also Jwala Gutta-V.Diju pair in the badminton mixed doubles event, are also performing very well.

Here's a list of some of the best & most famous Indian Badminton Players. (Click on the player names to view their complete profiles)

Some of the Best Indian Badminton Players in the Womens Singles badminton event:

Saina Nehwal:  Saina is currently ranked No.4 in the badminton world rankings & is one of India's best hopes in the forthcoming London 2012 Olympic games.

Saina hails from Haryana, a northern state in India, and is currently based in Hyderabad is coached by former badminton star P.Gopichand at the Gopichand badminton academy in Hyderabad in India.

Saina has shown that Indian badminton players can be the best in the world, and has been able to compete on an equal footing with the mighty Chinese badminton players.

 Aditi Mutatkar: Aditi is currently ranked 81 in the badminton world rankings, and barring injuries, she has been quite consistently been ranked in the Top 50 in the badminton world.

She hails from Pune in Maharashtra, India, and has been trained at the Prakash Padukone badminton academy in Bangalore in south India, and also at the academy's feeder centre in Pune.

Aditi is the reigning Indian National Badminton Champion, having won the Indian National badminton championship title in Rohtak in Haryana earlier this year.

Related Article: An Interview with Aditi Mutatkar

Trupti Murgunde:

Indian badminton player Trupti Murgunde, is a former National champion having won the Indian National championship title last year.

Trupti is also ranked in the Top 100 in the world badminton rankings, and has been one of India's best women badminton players for quite a long time.

She also originally hails from Pune in India.

Sayali Gokhale:

Sayali Gokhale is a strong player in the womens singles badminton event & is a former Indian National Champion having won the championship in 2008.

Sayali also hails from Pune, in Maharashtra, India, and is currently ranked 100 in the world.
She has trained at the Padukone academy feeder center at Pune, under the guidance of coach Anil Modak.

Arundhati Pantawane: Arundhati Pantawane is currently ranked No.1 in India as per the Indian National Rankings.

She recently emerged as the runner-up in the Indian National badminton championships held at Rohtak, in Haryana this year, where Aditi won the title. She then went on to win a Silver medal at the Estonian Open, the Gold medal at National Games at Ranchi, and reached the semi-finals of the Polish Open.

Arundhati is well known for her aggressive attacking style of badminton play.

She hails from Nagpur in Maharashtra, India & was initially interested in Athletics before turning to make a career in badminton.

Related Article: An Interview with Arundhati Pantawane

P.V. Sindhu:

15-year old, P.V. Sindhu is one of the best upcoming badminton talents in India, and inspite of being in the Junior category, she is already challenging some of the best Indian badminton players of today.

Many people consider her to become the next Saina Nehwal of India.
She hails from Andhra Pradesh, India.

P.C. Thulasi:

19- year old P.C. Thulasi hails from Pallakad in Kerala in southern India & is one of the fast rising badminton players from India, and is currently in the top 200 in the world.

She recently won the Tata International Open challenge badminton tournament held at Mumbai in late 2010.

Neha Pandit:
Indian badminton player Neha Pandit, also hails from Pune in Maharashtra, India.

She is currently one the best badminton talents in the country in the womens singles badminton event.

Gayatri Vartak:

Indian badminton player Gayatri Vartak, also hails from Pune in Maharashtra, India.

Though she has not won the National title yet, she has performed quite consistently in the National circuit & kept the top players on their toes & she is considered as one of the top 10 Indian badminton players in the women's singles event today.

There are several other players who are also performing very well on the Indian National circuit & the International circuits at the junior & senior levels.

View list of Top Indian Badminton players alongwith their World Rankings

Some of the Best Indian Badminton players in the Men's Singles event:

Parupalli Kashyap:

P Kashyap is one the top 25 badminton players in the world today, and is undoubtedly one of India's top badminton players in the mens singles.

He hails from Hyderabad in India, and trains at the Gopichand Badminton academy.

In the earlier part of his career, he also stayed at Bangalore & trained at the Prakash Padukone badminton academy.

Ajay Jayaram:

Ajay Jayaram hails from Mumbai in Maharashtra, India and is one of top 50 badminton players in the world.

He alongwith Kashyap, Chetan, Arvind, and Anand Pawar have now become a force to reckon with on the international badminton ciruit.

Chetan Anand:

Chetan Anand hails from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India. He has been one of the best Indian badminton players for quite a long time now.

He has also won the prestigious Arjuna award, which is India's second-highest sporting honour next only to the Khel-Ratna award, for his achievements in badminton.

He has several National & international titles to his credit.

Anand Pawar:

Anand Pawar has also been active on the Indian badminton circuit for quite some time now.

He hails from Mumbai, in India, and is one of the top 50 badminton players in the world today.

Related article: An Interview with Anand Pawar

Arvind Bhat:

31-year old Arvind Bhat is one of the best Indian badminton players even today after the emergence of younger players like P Kashyap on India's badminton scene.

Arvind recently proved this when he clinched the Indian National badminton crown defeating Kashyap en-route to the title.

Arvind hails from Bangalore in India, and has honed his skills at the Prakash Padukone badminton academy over there.

Guru Sai Dutt R.M.V.

20-year old Guru Sai Dutt is a young rising Indian badminton player who is making his mark on the National & international badminton circuits.

He is from Hyderabad in India, and practices his skills at the P Gopichand badminton academy.

He is also supported by the OGQ (Olympic Gold Quest) foundation.

Aditya Elango:

Aditya is a talented player from Tamil Nadu in India, and is ranked in the top 100 in the badminton world.

He has not participated in too many domestic tournaments within India last year, and does not have an Indian ranking. However he is keen to prove his mettle on the domestic Indian circuit too.

Related Article: An Interview with Aditya Elango

There are several more talented players, most notably Saurabh Verma, B Sai Praneeth, Anup Shridhar, Sagar Chopda, Oscar Bansal & several others too.

Saurabh Verma is a very promising young player who is currently ranked No.1 as per the Indian National Ranking, and he recently won the Senior Ranking tournament that was held at Atul in Gujarat recently.

Click here to View the list of Best Indian Singles badminton players & Best Indian Doubles badminton pairs alongwith their World Rankings.


  1. Hi Abhijit,
    Thanks for those articles.I could see an article "Indian Doubles Players" in making!.

  2. Hi Srinath,
    Glad that you like the articles, and yes, an article about indian doubles badminton players is definitely in the making! :)

  3. Thanks Abhijit, indeed an interesting article and good to see that you have passion for Badminton..

  4. Thanks Ajeet. Am trying to help in the growth of Sports in India in this small way.

  5. Dear friend in Badminton: I'm Mr. Arie Fialko, Vice president of the Badminton Association of Guatemala, Central America. Our association is in search of two badminton players to work with us into our preparation program in view of the Panamerican Games 2011, regional event into the Olympic Circuit. Our association counts with players of high level like Mr. Kevin Cordon, located 44th into the WBF ranking, and a strong junior team leading into our continent. Known the high level development of Badminton in India, we decided to try to find two good level players to cooperate with us and come for a training seasson as sparrings for our players. Hope somebody get interested and contact us.

  6. Dear Mr. Fialko,
    You can try getting in touch with the Badminton Association of India (, with your specific requirements, and they may be able to help you with it.