Badminton in India
Badminton India.jpg
Badminton developed in British India in the mid-1800s
Governing bodyBadminton Association of India
National team(s)India
International competitions

Badminton is a popular sport in India. It is the second-most played sport in India after Cricket.[1] Badminton in India is managed by the Badminton Association of India.

Indian shuttlers P. V. Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, and the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty are ranked amongst the Top-10 in the current BWF world rankings. Prakash Padukone was the first player from India to achieve world no. 1 spot in the game, after which Srikanth Kidambi became the second male player to make it to the top spot in April 2018.[2] Saina Nehwal is the first female player from India to achieve the World no. 1 spot, which she did in April 2015, and the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympic Games.[3][4]

P. V. Sindhu is the first Indian to become the Badminton World Champion, which she achieved in 2019, and the only badminton player from India to win two consecutive medals at the Olympic Games.[5][6]

The most successful doubles player from India is Jwala Gutta, who is the only Indian to have been ranked in the Top-10 of two categories. She peaked at no. 6 with Valiyaveetil Diju in mixed doubles and at no. 10 with Ashwini Ponnappa in women's doubles.[7]

Other successful players include Pullela Gopichand, Aparna Popat, Syed Modi, Nandu Natekar, Chetan Anand, Parupalli Kashyap, Prannoy Kumar, Sameer Verma and N. Sikki Reddy.


Indian National Badminton Team at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand both won the All England Open in 1980 and 2001 respectively, making them the only Indians to win the prestigious title.

Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal in the individual women's competition at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the first Olympic medal for the country in badminton. P. V. Sindhu won the second and the third Olympic medal in badminton for India, winning a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics respectively.

India has won several medals at the BWF World Championships as well, with Prakash Padukone winning the first in 1982. The doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa became the first women to win a medal when they won the bronze in 2011.[8] P. V. Sindhu then won consecutive bronze medals at 2013 and 2014 editions, the first Indian player to do so. Saina Nehwal won a first-ever silver at the 2015 Championships, and then a bronze in 2017.[9] P. V. Sindhu won silver in consecutive editions in 2017 and 2018. Sindhu then went on to win the Gold at the 2019 BWF World Championships and become the first Indian to ever finish on top of the podium. At the same edition, B. Sai Praneeth medalled in the men's singles after 36 years, clinching the bronze. As a result, for the first time, India won medals in two different disciplines in the same BWF World Championships edition. Next, in 2021, Lakshya Sen won the bronze medal in men's singles while Srikanth Kidambi won the silver, the first time India had two medallists in the same edition in the men's singles discipline. Till date, India has never returned empty handed from the World Championships since 2011.

At the BWF World Junior Championships, Saina Nehwal is the only gold medalist for India, which she achieved in 2008. At the Badminton Asia Junior Championships, P. V. Sindhu and Lakshya Sen are the only gold medalists for India, winning in their respective categories in 2012 and 2018 respectively.

Player Name Discipline Best ranking Olympic medals World Championship medals
Saina Nehwal Women's Singles 1 1 2
P. V. Sindhu Women's Singles 2 2 5
Prakash Padukone Men's Singles 1 - 1
Srikanth Kidambi Men's Singles 1 - 1
Prannoy Kumar Men's Singles 8 - -
Lakshya Sen Men's Singles 9 - 1
B. Sai Praneeth Men's Singles 10 - 1
Jwala Gutta and V. Diju Mixed Doubles 6 - -
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty Men's Doubles 7 - -
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa Women's Doubles 10 - 1
India Team 6 N.A. N.A.

Summer Olympics

Year Event Player Result
Men's singles B. Sai Praneeth Group Stage
Women's singles P. V. Sindhu 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Men's doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty Group Stage
Men's singles Srikanth Kidambi Quarter-finals
Women's singles P. V. Sindhu 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Saina Nehwal Group Stage
Men's doubles Manu Attri / B. Sumeeth Reddy Group Stage
Women's doubles Jwala Gutta / Ashwini Ponnappa Group Stage
Men's singles Parupalli Kashyap Quarter-finals
Women's singles Saina Nehwal 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Women's doubles Jwala Gutta / Ashwini Ponnappa Group Stage
Mixed doubles Valiyaveetil Diju / Jwala Gutta Group Stage
Men's singles Anup Sridhar Second Round
Women's singles Saina Nehwal Quarter-finals
Men's singles Nikhil Kanetkar Round of 16
Abhinn Shyam Gupta Round of 32
Women's singles Aparna Popat Round of 16
Men's singles Pullela Gopichand Third Round
Women's singles Aparna Popat First Round
Men's singles Deepankar Bhattacharya Second Round
Women's singles P.V.V. Lakshmi Second Round
Men's singles Deepankar Bhattacharya Third Round
Women's singles Madhumita Bisht Second Round
Men's doubles Deepankar Bhattacharya / U. Vimal Kumar First round

Summer Paralympics

Year Event Player Result
Men's singles SL3 Pramod Bhagat 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Manoj Sarkar 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Men's singles SL4 Tarun Dhillon 4
Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Men's singles SH6 Krishna Nagar 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Women's singles SL4 Parul Parmar Group Stage
Women's singles SU5 Palak Kohli Quarter-finals
Women's doubles SL3–SU5 Parul Parmar / Palak Kohli Group Stage
Mixed doubles SL3–SU5 Pramod Bhagat / Palak Kohli 4

Total medals won by Indian Shuttlers in Major tournaments

Competition Gold Silver Bronze Total
Olympic Games 0 1 2 3
Paralympic Games 2 1 1 4
World Championships 1 4 7 12
Thomas Cup 1 0 3 4
Uber Cup 0 0 3 3
Asia Championships 1 0 15 16
Asia Team Championships 0 1 2 3
Asian Games 0 1 9 10
Commonwealth Games 7 7 11 25
Total 12 15 52 79

Former notable players

See also


  1. ^ "Badminton second most played sport in India". sportskeeda. 12 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian male shuttler to claim World No 1 spot after Prakash Padukone". Firstpost. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  3. ^ Rao, Rakesh (28 March 2015). "Saina becomes World No. 1". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  4. ^ "London Olympics: Super Saina wins India's maiden Olympic medal in badminton, claims bronze in playoff". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  5. ^ "When PV Sindhu became Indian badminton's golden girl". Olympic Games. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 5 August 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "PV Sindhu joins select group of repeat medalists with Tokyo 2020 bronze". Olympic Games. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 1 August 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Jwala Gutta". Tournament Software. Archived from the original on 1 July 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ "News, Breaking News, Latest News, News Headlines, Live News, Today News CNN-News18".
  9. ^ "Saina Nehwal". Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2012..