New Delhi: Indian badminton has certainly been growing at a decent pace under chief coach Pullela Gopichand for the last few years.
But 2014 has been an exceptional year for Indian badminton, as we have seen a couple of young shuttlers making a name for themselves, in a sport majorly dominated by China.
Not long ago, Saina Nehwal had been the only Indian shuttler consistently performing well for the country at world stage.
However, this year, along with the Olympic bronze medalist, teen sensation PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth too showed their mettle internationally.
As far as Indian badminton is concerned, the highlight of the year was when Nehwal and Srikanth won the China Open Super Series Premier in their respective categories in November.
It was a memorable day not only for Srikanth but for Indian badminton too, as the 21-year-old lifted the title after beating two-time Olympic and five-time world champion, Lin Dan, in the summit clash and that too in straight sets.
By the end of the same month, Sindhu defended her Macau Open Grand Prix title by defeating South Korea's Kim Hyo Min in the final.
If Saina won two Super Series title this year – Australian Open and China Open – then Sindhu too won bronze medals at World Championship, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
Srikanth, after getting the better of Lin Dan in the finals, at his own backyard, too reached till the semis of Hong Kong Open showing that the victory over the Chinese legend was not a fluke. It also proved that the young lad has the temperament and technique to blossom at the world stage and he too could prove to be a threat against Chinese shuttlers, just like Nehwal and Sindhu.
So it's a clear indication that Indian shuttlers are ready to take the badminton world by storm in the years to come.