Daily Archives: January 2, 2016

Building Shots To Win A Rally

Building shots. (Image Courtesy: www.bbdbadmintonacademy.in).

Building shots.
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A building shot is any shot played with the purpose of creating opportunities to win the rally.

You must not go for a winning shot unless your chances are good because if your winning smash fails, then your opponent has good chances to gain the advantage, because your opponent will always have a chance to defend the smash by playing a high lift or block the smash or drive the shuttle to the corners

If your opponent gains an advantage first, then you should usually play to neutralise his advantage. so, choose building shots rather than winning shots by improving your situation from a bad position to a neutral position. Once the situation is neutral again, you play to gain an advantage and finally, play the winning shot.

The second idea of building the shots is to increase your advantage in the rally, once you see your opponent is waek at a point or corner or less fitter than you then try hitting the shuttle to the four corners, trying to choose shots that your opponent will find difficult to reach. By this way you will be in full control of the rally, because you can make him move to the longest corners and make him late to some shots thus making him out of position.

Sometimes, you can play a drive directly at your opponent for your opponents smash and your opponent will return you with a weak response. Once you have created a large enough advantage, you should stop playing building shots and start looking for winning shots.

The Main purpose of building shots is to build a situation where you can win, not just return your opponent’s shots.

PBL Great Platform For Young Shuttlers To Learn: Prannoy

prannoyMUMBAI: Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy believes Premier Badminton League (PBL) has given a great platform to budding talents to learn and play alongside some of the best in the business.

“It is a great learning experience for the youngsters to play alongside big names in badminton world. PBL has given us the stage for this and we have to make the best use of it,” Prannoy said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The Mumbai team looks a well-balanced outfit with the experience of Danish Mathias Boe, Prannoy helping mould and channel the youthful energy of RMV Gurusaidutt, Ruthvika Gadde.

Other players in the team includes Han Li, Liu Zi Die, Vladimir Ivanov, Manu Attri, Chayut Triyachart and Kamilla Juhl.

The World No 20 shuttler will be representing Mumbai Rockets in the PBL starting on January 2.

We Can Evaluate Ourselves Before Rio Games: Gopichand

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL.
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MUMBAI: National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said on Wednesday there were a few tournaments that would self evaluate and help in the self analysis for the Indian players before the start of Rio olympics.

Pullela Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Pullela Gopichand.
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“It’s still some time away from the qualification (for Rio Games). The first real benchmark will be the qualification. But having said that we have the India Open (in Delhi), The Syed Modi International GP Gold (Lucknow), Thomas and Uber Cups, Asian Championships, also in India, and the All England. These are the big events in which we have a chance to gauge ourselves,” said Gopichand on Wednesday.

The cut-off date for qualifying for the Rio Games Badminton is the first week of May, 2016.

When asked about the chances of winning more medails from the Indian side,
“All said and done, I think the medal we won is one of the biggest moments for Indian badminton, for me personally. To better it would be great. Even otherwise, to have a bigger contingent gives us a chance of a medal because I believe all of our players who qualify will stand a chance to win a medal,” he said.

Trump Matches Will Add To Excitement In PBL: Gopichand

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PBL.
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MUMBAI: The introduction of trump matches in the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL) will add to the excitement level in the event that kicks off here on January 2 next year, said national team coach Pullela Gopichand.

“It’s a great addition to the league to ensure that the excitement remains till the end of the tie,” said Gopichand at the unveiling ceremony of the logo and team colours of the city’s PBL franchise, Mumbai Rockets.

Gopichand also explained how the trump match concept will add to the overall excitement of the six-team PBL.

Pullela Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Pullela Gopichand.
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“Each team has to nominate a trump match from among five matches. Teams have to finalise their line-up one and a half hours before the tie. At that time they have to mention which will be their trump match,” said the national team coach.

“The winner of the trump match gains one extra point and the loser (who nominated it as its trump match) will lose one point. Two teams can nominate the same match as trump match. This ensures that the last two matches are also important in a tie.

“Even a 3-0 lead is not sufficient to win as you still can lose the tie. Spectators’ interest will be kept alive. It needs to be seen how the players react to the extra pressure. Some play better under pressure and some others crack,” he said.

Mumbai Rocket’s Canadian coach Ram Nayyar also quoted that the trump match could turn out to be the key and his players’ experience would stand it in good stead in this format.

“The introduction of trump matches is exciting. Our experience will be good in trump matches. But it depends on how well we perform in it,” he said.

Mumbai Rockets squad member and Indian world no. 20, H. S. Prannoy, said his team looked well-balanced on paper.

“Over the last two years I have been playing really well, along with Gurusaidutt. We both are in good form. We are a pretty balanced outfit. We have really good doubles players too,” said the 23-year-old who hails from Kerala.

Top Danish doubles player Mathias Boe felt it was important for the team to start well at its home base where it plays two games — against Awadh Warriors (January 2) and against Chennai Smashers (January 3).

“Our team is really strong. If we can start off well in the first two matches at home we can gain confidence for the other matches,” said the 35-year-old who is currently world no. 4 in men’s doubles.

Apart from Prannoy, Guru and Boe, the Mumbai Rockets squad is made up of Han Li, Liu Zi Die (both China), Ruthvika Gadde (India) to play in women’s singles, Vladimir Ivanov (Russia), Manu Attri (India), Chayut Triyachart (Thailand) in men’s/mixed doubles and Kamilla Juhl (Denmark) in women’s/mixed doubles.

Gopichand maintained that all the teams appeared well-balanced.

“I am personally excited with PBL. All the teams look very strong on paper and it’s going to be a challenge to predict the winner. Teams are well-balanced. I am expecting a lot of fireworks.

“The league actually helps a lot of young and aspiring players to compete against the big names in the world. It’s exciting for the crowd too,” he added.

“The way I look at it today, with whatever challenges we have had to face, the players we have is fantastic. We have players like Lee Chong Wei, Boe, Ivanov, Joachim Fischer.

“Yes, we did not have it for one year, but at least we have it now and hopefully it will continue. During the last edition players like Srikanth were coming up. Actually they came to prominence in IBL. This time they are at a stage when people are looking up to them. They have to deliver, it’s almost the maturing of a player. We will see how it happens.

“All said and done the pressure is more when playing against a foreign or fellow-Indian player in India. You will be scrutinized much more and actually it makes players mature faster,” he said.

“Carolina was there last year, but did not even play all matches. Yes her stature is at a higher level now. She will be missed, but the level is still very high which makes it definitely exciting. Yes, I would definitely love to have more players but it does not make it any less (attractive),” he said.

“Even though it’s an Olympic year (2016), players had shown a great amount of commitment to play. Many of them have rescheduled their existing matches and that’s very encouraging. It’s the year-end and some of them have really gone out of their way. I believe so (because of the good experience during the last edition).”

Boe keen to Lead Rockets In PBL

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PBL.
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MUMBAI: Boe, the Dane, will represent the Mumbai Rockets in the Premier Badminton League (PBL), wants to be the guiding light of the side.

Mathias Boe. (Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

Mathias Boe.
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“I like to be the man walking in front that suits my personality the best. This is a team event; my matches don’t count more than the others. It doesn’t matter if I win all my matches and the team loses. Of course, I am one of the senior guys in the team and hopefully I can pass on my experience to teammates. I will try my utmost to be the leader of the pack,” Boe told TOI on Wednesday. Boe has visited India six times and represented the Lucknow franchise in the previous edition in 2013 “I am glad that the league has become popular,” he commented.

He further quoted, “We have to see which team performs well on a given day. Such leagues provide players a great learning experience. We have a good squad with both experience and young talent. I hope we have all the things to challenge the other teams in the league,” the 35-year-old said.

It is noteable that Mathias Boe’s presence here at the Uday Pawar badminton Academy proved beneficial for Chirag Shetty, who won the All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament along with R Satwik Sai Raj in men’s doubles. “I have practised here with some of the guys at Uday’s academy. I am glad someone like Chirag could benefit from it. I am happy if I can inspire someone to become a better shuttler,” the former World No. 1 doubles star said.

Boe, will partner with Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Meerut lad Manu Attri for the first time.

“I have not played with Ivanov before and Manu (Attri), who won the Mexico Open recently. They are quality world-class players, so it won’t be difficult to play with them. On court, we may have a few misunderstandings, but we will sort it out during practice,” he said.

Lin, Marin Likely To Stay Away From Premier Badminton League

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PBL.
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MUMBAI: The 2nd edition of Premier Badminton League (PBL) is about to kick-off this Saturday after a two-year gap.

This PBL will not see the world no.1 Carolina Marin and Lin Dan, a two time olympic champion not participating in the tournament is a virtue by the fact that the Rio olympics is just seven months in the tort with many other major tournaments underway for the Olympic qualification.

The PBL is followed by Malaysia Masters (Jan. 19-24), Syed Modi International (Jan 26-31), Thailand Masters (Feb. 8-13), German Open (Mar. 1-6) and Swiss Open (Mar. 15-20) and these tournaments offer crucial ranking points. The All England Championships (March 8-13) would also be high on their priority. Hence, squeezing the PBL in such a packed calendar would have been quite a challenge for the organizers, with many players choosing to enjoy the winter break with their families.

Pullela Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Pullela Gopichand.
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National coach Pullela Gopichand quoted on this occasion saying,
“Lin Dan is not coming. May be he will come in the next edition. Carolina was there last year, but did not even play all matches. Yes, her stature is higher now. She will be missed, but the level is still very high which makes it exciting. Yes, I would love to have more players, but it does not make it any less,” Gopichand told reporters at the launch of the Mumbai Rockets team here on Wednesday.

“Even though it’s an Olympic year (2016), players have shown a great amount of commitment to play. Many of them have rescheduled their existing matches and that’s very encouraging. It’s the year-end and some of them have really gone out of their way. The way I look at it today, with whatever challenges we have had to face, the players we have is fantastic. We have players like Lee Chong Wei (former World No. 1), Mathias Boe, Vladimir Ivanov, Joachim Fischer.

“Each day you will see a Saina playing, Sindhu playing or a world champion playing or an Olympic medallist playing. To have it in different cities, for example to see a Saina play or Lee play, is fantastic. It will encourage kids to watch,” the 42-year-old added.

Mumbai Rocket’s star shuttler H.S. Prannoy also supported Gopichand’s views and commented,

“It is a great learning experience for the youngsters to play alongside big names in the badminton world. PBL has given us the stage for this and we have to make the best use of it,” said the World No. 20 Prannoy.

Gopichand also quoted that a bigger contingent for the Olympics will help India better their tally from London Games.

“There is lot of time before the Olympics. The qualifications for the event haven’t started yet. There are a lot of tournaments before the Olympics for the shuttlers to prepare themselves. To better the performance than what we had done in 2012 would be great. I think to have a bigger contingent there will give us a chance to clinch as many medals as possible. I believe all of our players who qualify will stand a chance to win medals,” accoladed Gopi.

Premier Badminton League Releases Its Official Anthem

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PBL.
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NEW DELHI: Premier Badminton League today released its official Anthem on its Facebook page. The anthem is composed by Salim and Sulaiman togeother.

The theme is named “Halla Macha De” during the entire League and come out full-on to support their team. The musical anthem is all set to get the audience to hum the anthem and in the process look forward to the kick start of the much awaited action.

The main purpose of the anthem is to invite viewers from across the world to get hooked to the games and create the “Halla”.

The anthem has gone Live on its Facebook page and will soon be available on Youtube.

FM stations will soon sing the anthem on their stations further getting the fans excited.

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.
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The musical duo Salim Sulaiman will also perform the song LIVE on 2nd January 2016 at the official opening ceremony at National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) in Mumbai.

 

 

 

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and PBL Chairman said “I am very happy the way the Anthem has been created by Salim and Sulaiman. It perfectly captures and strikes the emotions of the player as well as the fans feelings while the game is on. I am sure the song will make each Indian and each badminton lover to come forward and create the noise that the League right deserves”

 

 

Speaking on their association, Salim and Sulaiman said “We are happy to get associated with the League and the entire idea behind the song is to set off the players as well as the fans to ‘Halla Macha De’. We hope we will be successful in touching the chords of the fans across India and get them to sing to the tune of the Anthem”.

The Premier Badminton League will start on 2nd January 2016 between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors.

The League will also be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.

Vrushali Excited To Play In Saina’s Team In PBL

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PBL.
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Ruthvika. (Image Courtesy: sportsrediscovered.com).

Ruthvika.
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NEW DELHI: Rising Indian shuttler G. Vrushali said it is a dream come true for her to play in a team with Saina Nehwal in Premier Badminton League (PBL) franchise Awadhe Warriors which starts on January 02 2016.

The first match will be between Awadhe Warriors and Mumbai Rockets here.

“It will be dream come true for any player to represent the same team as Saina Nehwal. It will be a huge platform for me as I will even take this as an opportunity to pick up useful learning from her,” Vrushali said on Thursday.

“I am excited and looking forward to play for Awadhe Warriors. Apart from Saina, there are other international players which make our team look very strong and I hope we win the title. What also excites me are the rules which will be a huge game changer in the league.”