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Shuttle Talk

Shuttle Talk

If cricket is the opium of the masses, badminton does the trick for me. I have been covering the sport from even before the current shuttle queen Saina Nehwal emerged on the badminton scene. I am tuned in into the behind-the-scene activities in the sport as well as the way forward. And that’s going to be the crux of my writing on this blog.

Apr 26, 2012

How China fixes matches to remain badminton powerhouse

Our blogger gives an insight into the tactics the Chinese employ to ensure they remain ahead of the pack. #Badminton #China #JustSaying #Li Yongbo #Sports

Apr 23, 2012

Lin Dan interview: None of the Chinese players are geniuses

Super Dan is bidding to become the first male singles player to retain the Olympics gold in London later this year. #Badminton #Lee Chong Wei #Lin Dan #London2012 #Olympics Blogger #Summer Olympic Games

Mar 15, 2012

Without a new gameplan, Saina is doomed

The world number four, who turns 22 in a couple of days, hasn’t lost to anyone but the mighty Chinese in her 12 international matches this year. #Badminton #London2012 #Pullela Gopichand #Saina Nehwal

Feb 1, 2012

Finally, Indian badminton’s new generation arrives

The 76th edition of the Championship in Bangalore finally witnessed the change of guard with all the five crowned champions being first timers. #Anup Sridhar #Chetan Anand #JustSaying #Pullela Gopichand #Saina Nehwal

Dec 21, 2011

2011 shows badminton in India is more than just Saina

Firstpost takes a look at the moments which defined Indian badminton’s historic year. #Badminton #BestOf2011 #Jwala Gutta #Saina Nehwal #Sports

Sep 29, 2011

Doing it on his own: Jayaram’s solo run to Olympics

The 24-year-old who hails from Chembur in Mumbai has zoomed to world number 25 and has a real chance to play in the men’s singles competition of the 2012 London Olympics. #Ajay Jayaram #FreshStart #London2012 #Prakash Padukone #Sports

Sep 2, 2011

Indian badminton’s one academy policy is dangerous

The Padukone academy is struggling and all the top players are coming through Gopichand's academy in Hyderabad. What happens if it goes bust? #Badminton #Bangalore #Prakash Padukone #Pullela Gopichand #ToTheCon

Aug 22, 2011

BAI website gives Jwala-Ponnappa WC bronze a miss

Even after a week, the official website is completely oblivious to the performance of the Indian contingent in London and is more bothered about publishing the internal circulars and other mundane stuff like appointment of technical officials and other committees. #Ashwini Ponnappa #Badminton #Jwala Gutta #Prakash Padukone #Saina Nehwal #Sports #WhyNow

Aug 16, 2011

Jwala loves putting on a show

‘Extremes’ is the natural state of existence for the Hyderabadi lass. Her social life ensures that her name is written more in the gossip columns rather than sports pages. #Badminton #Chetan Anand #inthespotlight #Jwala Gutta #Pullela Gopichand #Saina Nehwal

Aug 10, 2011

Saina loses a mentor, and India an unsung hero

Mir Mahboob Ali, the man who helped Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta, Shurti Kurien and PV Sindhu take their first steps in the sport, passed away to a fairer land. But like most of his coaching career, his demise has gone unnoticed. #Aparna Popat #Badminton #InMemorium #Pullela Gopichand #Saina Nehwal