Indian shuttlers have brought laurels to the country by winning medals at the Olympics and World Championships. For a sport which has been dominated by the Far East nations like China, Japan and Korea for long, India had its moments to saviour with some stellar performances by their stalwarts in Prakash Padukone, Pullela Gopichand, Sania Nehwal and PV Sindhu to name a few.
Here is a rewind into the greatest accomplishments by Indian badminton players at the international arena over the years:
Prakash Padukone wins all England Badminton Championships in 1980, Bronze in 1983 World Championships
Prakash Padukone put Indian badminton on the World map by winning the All England badminton Championships in 1980. Padukone defeated Indonesia’s Liem Swie King in the finals to win the crown. He thereby became the first shuttler to win a major title at the international circuit.
Padukone is also credited for being the first Indian to win a medal at the Badminton World Championships. He clinched the bronze in the 1983 World Badminton Championships.