New Delhi: It could be an Independence Day special for badminton fans, on Thursday, as two of India’s most celebrated shuttlers — Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu — clash in the Indian Badminton League (IBL), at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
It’s the first time that the two players will be locking horns, with Saina representing Hyderabad Hotshots and Sindhu turning out for Awadhe Warriors. Even the IBL organisers are hopeful of a capacity crowd, especially after the poor turnout on Wednesday, the opening day of the competition. “Tomorrow being a holiday, we expect the stands to be full.
“There are demands for tickets mainly for the day’s first match, featuring Sindhu and Saina,” an official said.
A mouth-watering contest is on the cards as Sindhu, 18, goes into the game after a World Championship bronze medal. This achievement has not just shot her into prominence, but also gives Sindhu a fair amount of chance against her illustrious rival, who is ranked fourth in the world.
Sindhu might not figure among the top 10 shuttlers. But rankings don’t seem to matter much in the present scenario, considering her current form.
That said, experience could turn out to be a vital aspect in favour of Saina, given the number of significant titles she has won over the last few years.