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“I'm quite pleased to be turning out for the Bangalore outfit”- Parupalli Kashyap

By Antara Das

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“I'm quite pleased to be turning out for the Bangalore outfit”- Parupalli Kashyap

It took years for top-ranked Indian men's shuttler Parupalli Kashyap to gain recognition in a country that is obsessed by Saina mania. It cannot be ignored that the shuttler reached the men's singles quarterfinals in the Olympics and a career-best world ranking of No.6 this year. Moreover, the young Andhra player's credentials experienced a further boost at the Indian Badminton League auction last week when he was selected by the Bangalore-based franchise for a whopping $75,000.

The Banga Beats' icon expressed that he was jubilant to have been selected by the team, although he hoped to star at home. He explained from Hyderabad on Saturday that any player would like to shine in their hometown. But as a professional, he cannot complain at all. He is quite pleased to be selected for the Bangalore outfit and pleasantly amazed by what the team think-tank bid for him.

The 26-year-old, who will be in the city as part of a promotional campaign on Tuesday, commented that he is relieved that the IBL had finally resumed following being postponed a couple of times. The current world No.13 remarked that it is a grand step for India and he is happy. From a personal point of view, it will be incredible to intermingle with and play alongside foreign players like Hu Yun and Carsten Mogensen among others in their side. Playing with Marc Zweibler and Lee Chong Wei will be interesting and of course will help him to gain valuable experience as he feels he is at the peak of his career.

Kashyap agreed that the financial rewards of participating in the league would help him a lot, just like for a number of young Indian shuttlers. He revealed that he will look forward to invest his earnings in some property; he feels that is the best thing to do currently.

At present, Kashyap is preparing for the World Championships which is scheduled to be held at Guangzhou this month. Here, he could encounter with Banga Beats teammate Hu Yun from Hong Kong in the 3rd round. He disclosed that despite the excitement of the IBL auction, they have been training pretty hard. It is a good draw but he feels that all the matches can be a bit tricky. However, playing in Chinese conditions, in which the shuttle goes bit slower, he has been working to develop his defense.

Regarding IBL auction, Kashyap felt that the organizers should have informed Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa that their base price has been slashed in the auction on Monday. They have been originally touted as icon players and given base prices of $50,000 each. Ultimately, the duo was sold for smaller sums to Pune Pistons and Delhi Smashers following the base prices were halved. He highlighted that he really don't want to take sides in this matter, but he feels the organizers could have informed them. He added that it is possible the organizers had to take a hurried decision.

The two-time Olympian shuttler Aparna Popat is currently getting ready for her latest role as coach of the Indian Badminton League franchise Mumbai Masters. Aparna remarked that she thinks it is a great opportunity. In fact, there are a few apex 10 players, who are playing the IBL and giving their players an opportunity to play against these players in duration of three weeks. She thinks that it is going to be very useful and fruitful for them.

In addition, she was excited about the challenge of coaching a team in the 14th-31st August event scheduled to be held in six cities. She claimed that she hasn’t coached too much, but she has been following the game eagerly. It is going to be a giant challenge for her and she is very much excited.

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