If anybody has been flying up and excessive on the worldwide badminton radar from India since late 2021, it’s HS Prannoy, who’s having fun with a red-hot kind in his profession presently. At 29, having overcome accidents galore and sponsorship woes, HS Prannoy has emerged as soon as once more because the trusted guess for India on the BWF tournaments the place he has been nonchalantly creating Prime 10 upsets, reaching semi-finals, ending as runners-up and giving all people a run for his or her cash.
But though HS Prannoy is presently peaking with lower than two weeks to go for the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games, he has not been included within the Indian badminton squad for the Video games.
Unusual, you suppose? Heartbreaking, as properly, provided that Prannoy is probably the most constant participant presently, whereas each Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth proceed to face a drop in kind, however are headed for CWG?
However that’s simply the case given the choice standards for groups on the CWG which permits for under 10 gamers per nation to be despatched for badminton to the Video games. Furthermore, the sanction is for under two gamers/two pairs to be despatched per nation in each particular person class (WS, MS, MD, WD, XD) and less than that. Moreover, this squad may also have to participate within the Combined Staff competitors too, making the selection very restricted.
On condition that situation and since HS Prannoy is the third-highest ranked among the many Indian males in singles within the BWF rankings, a spot for him on the squad was not accessible as laid down by the choice standards of the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) after they performed the trials earlier in April this yr.
Within the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games, HS Prannoy, then World No. 1 1, was part of the squad and gained gold within the blended staff occasion however misplaced the singles within the bronze medal conflict to England’s Rajiv Ouseph.
Why is HS Prannoy not enjoying the CWG 2022?
For the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Video games, India is sending a 10-member badminton squad with World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen (World No. 10), and World Championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth (World No. 11) main the pack on the boys’s facet, adopted by the CWG 2018 silver medallists and World No. 8 males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. All 4 gained direct entry by advantage of their rankings inside the BWF Prime 15.
HS Prannoy, who was ranked at World No. 23 through the trials was given an exception by the BAI and included within the squad for the Thomas Cup and Asian Video games as a substitute after the BAI adjudged Prannoy’s kind as one thing they will capitalise on. No surprise, that call paid off as Prannoy performed probably the most essential position for Staff India within the Thomas Cup the place he was the third singles participant to exit and each time he did, he delivered – exhibiting immense grit and fervour, even at 29.
Among the many girls, it’s 2-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu (World No. 7) who gained direct entry. Aakarshi Kashyap (World No. 57) topped the BAI trials and made it to the CWG 2022 squad.
Within the girls’s doubles, it was Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly who had rumped to win the spot whereas within the blended doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and B. Sumeeth Reddy claimed the final two spots accessible on the staff to make the squad for the upcoming Video games.
Nevertheless, HS Prannoy can be part of the postponed Asian Video games staff as a result of there’s a provision for extra members is out there courtesy of males’s staff and ladies’s staff occasions being.