Prakash Padukone, a remarkable touch artist, became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the prestigious All England Championships in 1980 and was declared World No. 1 that year. He won the Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1979 and the World Cup in 1981.
Saina by becoming the World No. 1 has motivated all the other Indian players. His badminton academy started 21 years ago has produced a number of champions.
This is the golden period of Indian badminton. Saina Nehwal is World No. 2, PV Sindhu is 12, and then there are half a dozen men’s players in the top 50, like K. Srikanth (9), P. Kashyap (14), HS Prannoy (20), Ajay Jayaram (23), Sai Praneeth (35) and Gurusaidutt (42).
Source: The Hindu