Meet Chirag Shetty: The Unsung Hero of Indian Badminton

In this article, we will look at the journey of one of India’s young sensations Chirag Shetty who has grown his game tremendously in the last few years.

India has produced many quality players across various sports be it Cricket Badminton, Hockey or any other discipline the country has always performed well on the world stage on most occasions. If we talk specifically about Badminton then the sport has seen several great players over a while like Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu, Chirag Shetty, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to name some.

In this article, we will look at the journey of one of India’s young sensations Chirag Shetty who has grown his game tremendously in the last few years.

Chirag Shetty: The Unsung Hero of Indian Badminton

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The Start

Born on July 4, 1997, Chirag Shetty was lucky in the sense that his parents especially his father Chandrashekhar encouraged to take him individual sports as he was aware of what it takes to get a place in a team sport and Chirag ended up taking Badminton which could play both individually and in pair.

The Growth

Chirag became good at the sport as he grew and performed well in school. Soon after he moved to Uday Pawar Academy where he began his professional career then moved to the Gopichand Academy which is known for producing world-class players and that’s the place where Chirag found his doubles partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. The pair created a name for itself all over the world through their game.

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Also Read: Meet Satwiksairaj Rankireddy The Pride Of Indian Badminton

The Performance

It all started with them winning the Thailand Open Doubles title in 2019 after defeating the Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen and becoming the first Indian pair to win the Super 500 series title. In 2022 the pair was a part of the Indian team that registered a historic win in the Thomas Cup in 2022. However, their recent performances tell a different story. A first-round elimination at the Singapore Open, followed by a withdrawal from the recently concluded Australian Open indicates a significant dip in form, leaving the Indian supporters contemplating if the duo will be able to regain their form before the Paris Olympics scheduled to begin from July 26.

Also Read: BWF Ranking Update: Satwiksairaj, Chirag Witness Drop To Third

Awards and Achivements

Although Chirag has found success in the doubles category of the sport the Indian shuttler has been the recipient of many titles and awards at the national and international level both individually and as a pair with Satwiksairaj Renkireddy which includes the Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award, Eklawya Award, Bronze Madel in the BWF World Championship in 2022, Five titles and two times runner up in BWF World Tour. A Silver and Gold Medal in the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games followed by a Gold Medal win in the Asian championship in 2023.

Photo Source: India Today

Conclusion

Chirag along with his partner Satwiksairaj would wish that the duo is able to continue the form that they have shown in the last couple of years and would hope that the current dip in form before the Paris Olympics scheduled to start from July 26 is only temporary in nature as they are one of top medal contender for India as far as the upcoming multi-sporting event in Paris is concerned.

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