Badminton in India has seen its fair share of edge-of-the-seat thrillers. With shuttles flying across the court at lightning speeds and the crowd holding their breath at every point, the sport has given fans moments to cherish for a lifetime. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the 5 most riveting badminton matches in Indian history that left fans spellbound.
5 Thrilling Badminton Matches All Fans Should Re-Watch!
1. Pullela Gopichand vs. Chen Hong – All England Open 2001 Final
Pullela Gopichand’s historic win at the All England Open in 2001 is etched in every Indian badminton fan’s heart. His triumph over China’s Chen Hong was not just about that winner’s trophy; it was a narrative of sheer determination and the rise of Indian shuttlers on the global stage.
2. Saina Nehwal vs. Li Xuerui – London Olympics 2012 Quarter-finals
The quarter-final of the London 2012 Olympics saw Saina Nehwal pitted against the then world number one, Li Xuerui. Saina’s resilience in the face of intense pressure was a spectacle to behold. Her victory was a breakthrough for India in the Olympics, showcasing the grit of Indian badminton players.
3. PV Sindhu vs. Nozomi Okuhara – BWF World Championships 2017 Final
A marathon match that lasted nearly two hours, the BWF World Championships 2017 final between PV Sindhu and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara was a testament to endurance. It wasn’t just a game; it was an epic battle, with each rally stretching both players to their limits.
4. Prakash Padukone vs. Liem Swie King – 1980 All England Open Final
Prakash Padukone’s sublime performance against Indonesia’s Liem Swie King in the 1980 All-England Open final is the stuff of legends. His strategic play and extraordinary coverage of the court led him to victory, making him the first Indian to win the prestigious event and inspiring a generation of Indian shuttlers.
5. Kidambi Srikanth vs. Lin Dan – China Open 2014 Final
Kidambi Srikanth’s China Open win over the five-time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was a David versus Goliath moment. Srikanth’s aggressive style and unwavering focus in the 2014 final marked the arrival of a new Indian star in international badminton.
Each of these badminton matches is a story of triumph, not just of the players but of Indian badminton. The shuttlers didn’t just win these memorable matches; they won hearts and inspired millions to pick up the racquet. These games have indeed become a proud part of badminton history in India, encapsulating the drama, excitement, and undying spirit of the sport.