The 2017 World Badminton Championships is round the corner. Glasgow is about to host the tournament soon and the Indian squad to fight out there are all in positive hopes.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty after having great games at the junior level are expected to perform their best in the upcoming event. They look forward to making their presence felt.
For a doubles pair who was ranked outside the top 200 in mid-2016, making it to the World Championships is just commendable. They have been on a whole different spree since November 2016 winning back-to-back titles in Bangladesh, India, and Mauritius, while their biggest win came in 2017 when they clinched the Vietnam Open international challenge.
They reached the quarter finals of Sudirman Cup campaign earlier this year too followed by winning 2016 Tata Open India International Challenge.
“A year back, we wouldn’t have imagined that we would play at the World Championships. At this time in August 2016, we were ranked around 300 or something. But being ranked as high as 35 now, it is certainly a big boost for us. By the end of the year, we would want to break into the top-30,” Shetty told.
“I think me and Satwik (Rankireddy) have a game at par with the international level. The only thing we lack is consistency. We have played good matches against the top shuttlers but we lack the mastery of playing well in crucial moments. I believe that will come with experience. We have to play more tournaments to get there,” said Shetty.
“It’s just a matter of time. The more we play tournaments, the more we learn. The attack we have is one of the best in the world. The only important thing is now to defend and convert it into an attack,” added the 20-year-old.
They voiced that there won’t be any kind of pressure in Glasgow and they will just look to be consistent and dedicated to their performance.
Just a few weeks ago, Rankireddy and Shetty became India’s number one men’s doubles pair in the BWF rankings, surpassing veteran shuttlers Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
When asked about the training regime and preparations, Shetty and Rankireddy revealed how hard they were working under Tan’s instructions. “On Mondays and Tuesdays, we have three sessions in a day. Then we have two sessions in the morning, (from) 6.30 am to 8.30 am and then from 10 am to 12 noon. In the evening, we work out in the gym or train. On Wednesday, we have a single session and evening off. Thursday and Friday, we follow the same pattern and then on Saturday, we get back to single session. But for the World Championships, we are also practicing on Sundays. No break at all.”
We hope these youngsters deliver their best on Glasgow!