Nandu Natekar's matches through the 1950s at the CCI and Bombay Gymkhana had salivating spectators queuing up for tickets overnight, with several having to be turned away because there was just no more space in the playing hall.
In the absence of reigning champion Carolina Marin, who will be PV Sindhu's biggest challengers? From Nozomi Okuhara to Tai Tzu Ying, here's a technical analysis of reigning women badminton stalwarts vis-a-vis Sindhu.
Indian Badminton at Olympics: PV Sindhu’s 2016 silver, Saina Nehwal’s 2012 bronze constitute total medal haul
Sports like athletics have featured in the Olympics since they were launched in 1896, but badminton was included in the Games only 29 years ago in Barcelona, and hence boasts a far smaller community of Olympians, particularly in India.
Several proposals from member associations will be discussed during the AGM, the most important being a joint proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, and seconded by Badminton Asia, to "amend the Laws of Badminton relating to the Scoring System."
All England Open 2021: Lee Zii Jia could prove worthy successor to Lee Chong Wei; Japanese armada scores big
Lee Zii Jia won the All England title at the expense of the two top-notchers - Viktor Axelsen and Kento Momota - who have been at the forefront of the sport for the past three years
All England Open 2021: Poor recovery protocols to be blamed for PV Sindhu's semi-final loss, say experts
Short-interval recovery training and quick sessions in a cryogenic chamber are some of the remedies experts suggest for PV Sindhu to maintain her intensity and cope up with the unforgiving schedule.
All England Open 2021: PV Sindhu’s never-say-die spirit lands her quarter-final win over Akane Yamaguchi
Sindhu rallied from a one-game deficit to pip Yamaguchi by a 16-21, 21-16, 21-19 scoreline, barging into the semi-finals of the All England Open.
All England Open 2021: Returning Japanese, Axelsen's dominance in focus as action returns to Birmingham
The projected return of the Japanese armada, combined with the withdrawal of the South Korean and Chinese Taipei squads, and the continued absence of the Chinese contingent due to the grim COVID-19 situation at home, form the major points of discussion as the All England Badminton Championships kick-off at the Arena Birmingham from Wednesday, 17 March.
Swiss Open 2021: After loss in final, what PV Sindhu must do to return to her World Championship form
Strangely, Sindhu's overall physical fitness is also not what it was on the eve of the 2019 World Championships, and she seems to lose her breath more frequently during the longer rallies.
Swiss Open 2021: Tepid Indian performance at Basel a reason to worry about Tokyo Olympics qualification
The early exits of Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen did them no favours as they fight to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
BWF World Tour Finals: Tai Tzu Ying, Anders Antonsen crack aura of invincibility around Carolina Marin, Viktor Axelsen
Long-reigning World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying matched Carolina Marin’s scorching pace, pinned her repeatedly on her slightly vulnerable backhand baseline to come from 17-19 down in the decider to win 14-21, 21-8, 21-19
BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth’s vastly improved showing gives hope; PV Sindhu disappoints again
PV Sindhu must tailor her training before the Tokyo Olympics towards improving her agility and speed of foot, to complement her power.
BWF World Tour Finals: How PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth sneaked into world’s richest badminton tournament
By rights, neither Sindhu nor Srikanth would have merited a place in the draws. Two stellar rules for qualification, however, came to their rescue.
Thailand Open Super 1000: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Sameer Verma produce the sole redeeming feature of Indian performance
For the second elite World Tour Super 1000 tournament in a row, Indian shuttlers produced a dismal performance, to crash out of the Toyota Thailand Open en masse by the semi-final stage, and leave the country empty-handed.
Every one of the eight singles exponents – six in the men’s category, and two among the women, comprising the cream of Indian badminton – were sidelined before the completion of the second round matches
Thailand Open 2021: ‘Withdrawn’, ‘COVID-positive’ Saina Nehwal reinstated; to play first round match on Wednesday evening
After testing positive for COVID-19, Saina Nehwal was told that she, along with husband Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy, would be moved immediately to a hospital, only for her to test negative hours later.
There is no doubt that the world badminton body would have been influenced by the compulsion of holding these three tournaments in a delayed Olympic qualification year, and also by the fact that other sports like tennis and cricket have been holding major events successfully, without causing a spike in Covid-positive cases.
Concept of 'mixed singles' in international badminton does not hold water, will remain a non-starter
Vimal Kumar, chief coach at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy is categorical in his assessment that women shuttlers simply cannot match their male counterparts in competitive singles play.
TOPS' Developmental Group program laudable but questions prevail over badminton's selection criteria
Several questions have been left unanswered about the process by which a total of 27 junior shuttlers were selected by the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) ‘Mission Olympic Cell’ (MOC).
Gavaskar fearlessly took on the world’s fastest bowlers without much protective gear. His mantra was to keep an eye on the ball all the way, and ideally sway out of the way of the most lethal of bouncers, with a grave tilt of the head that would madden the bowler who had put so much effort into the delivery.