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IBL-2nd Edition To Be A Spectacular Badminton Tournament

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NAGPUR: The second season of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) will be a massive badminton tournament than its first edition. There are many changes that this second edition has come up with.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

The BAI has joined hands with the Evolution Sports, an event management company to help BAI to conduct the league in a professional manner and Sportzlive, as its official marketing and sponsorship partner.

The governing council (GC) meeting of the IBL was held in New Delhi on Wednesday evening which was attended by all 12 GC members and was chaired by Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Dasgupta. Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand and senior coach Vimal Kumar were also present on the occasion.

According to sources, the BAI has almost finalized the names of six franchises. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between BAI and the six franchises will be signed soon, a source informed TOI on Wednesday after the meeting.

The Chennai team of 2013 will replace Pune Pistons, which was owned by Dabur, while Infinite Computer Solutions will replace Krrish Group, who owned Delhi Smashers in 2013. Sahara India will retain the Lucknow franchise, Awadhae Warriors.

The IBL-2 tournament will be played across six cities viz., Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai.

The players auction will be held on November 20 or 23 2015.

The inauguration of the tournament will be on January 2, 2016 held at the NSCI, Mumbai. The finals will be played at The Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi, on January 17.

Leading sports goods company Yonex will be the official equipment supplier for the two-week long tourney.

Many and most of the leading top international players are expected to sign in to participate in this tournament.

The IBL-2 will have more prize money than its first edition.

Nikhil Kanetkar

Kanika Kanwal

Nikhil Kanetkar

Nikhil Kanetkar, an olympian is a male Maharashtrian badminton player from Pune India who was born on May 13, 1979 is one of the few badminton sporting personalities India has produced in the 1990’s and early 2000, where some present badminton players would be unaware of. To his credit, has made India proud by participating and winning some International tournaments and was a former high ranked Indian national singles player for almost 5 to 8 years, his most likely witty and gruelling competitors being Chetan Anand, Gopichand, Rajiv bagga, Abin Shyam Gupta,Sachin Ratti and to name a few.

He had the necessary skills and temperament to outwit some international players during his sporting periods by specializing himself in the sport of badminton by acquring training from best coaches across the country.

Accomplishments:

Domestic:

A former National champion for many years from 1996 to 2006.

International:

  1. 1998 – Commonwealth Games, Malaysia -Silver Medallist.
  2. 2002 – Welsh open, Cardiff – Runner Up.
  3. 2002 – French Open, Paris – Semi Finalist.
  4. 2004  – Summer Olympics – Pre-Quarter Finalist.
  5. 2006 – Indian International Badminton tournament – Finalist.

Academy:

In 2011 he created NKBA (Nikhil Kanetkar badminton Academy), based out of the Balewadi Sports Complex. Pune, India.

As a coach:

Offical coach for Pune Pistons team @ the IBL 2013.

IBL 2013 Semi Finals 1 – Hyderabad Hotshots vs Pune Pistons at Hyderabad – Hyderabad Hotshots win 3-0

Hyderabad Hotshots defeated Pune Pistons 3-0 to advance to the finals of the Indian Badminton League 2013 tournament.

Hyderabad Hotshots vs Pune Pistons – Match Results

Winner: Hyderabad Hotshots

Score: 3-0

    • Mens Singles 1: Ajay Jayaram defeated Tien Minh Nyugen 21-17, 21-11.

    • Womens Singles: Saina Nehwal defeated Juliane Schenk 21-10, 19-21, 11-8

    • Mens Doubles: Goh V Shem and Wah Lim Khim defeated Joachim Fischer and Sanave Thomas 16-21, 21-14, 11-7

    • Mens Singles 2: Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk vs Saurabh Varma

    • Mixed Doubles:Goh V Shem and Saina Nehwal vs Joachim Fischer and Ashwini Ponnappa

To watch the matches live or to follow the live scores click here

IBL 2013 – Awadhe Warriors vs Pune Pistons at Bangalore – Awadhe Warriors win 3-2

Awadhe Warriors defeated Pune Pistons 3-2 in their final round robin tie of IBL 2013 on Monday.

Awadhe Warriors vs Pune Pistons – Match Results

Winner: Awadhe Warriors

Score: 3-2

Results

    • Mens Singles 1: K.Srikanth defeated Saurabh Verma 21-18, 21-6

    • Womens Singles: P.V.Sindhu defeated Juliane Schenk 21-20, 21-20

    • Mens Doubles: Markis Kido and Mathias Boe defeated Arun Vishnu and Sanave Thomas 21-15, 21-16

    • Mens Singles 2: Guru Sai Dutt lost to Tien Minh Nyugen 12-21, 18-21

    • Mixed Doubles: Markis Kido and Pia Bernadeth lost to Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa 16-21, 14-21.

To watch the matches live or to follow the live scores click here

IBL 2013 – Pune Pistons vs Banga Beats at Pune – Pune Pistons win 4-1

As a part of IBL 2013, Pune Pistons are playing Banga Beats on 23rd August 2013 at Pune at 8pm IST.

Pune Pistons vs Banga Beats Match Results

Winner: Pune Pistons

Score: 4-1

Player of the tie: Anup Sridhar

    • Mens Singles 1: Anup Sridhar defeated Hu Yun

    • Womens Singles: Juliane Schenk vs Carolina Marin

    • Mens Doubles: Joachim Nielsen and Tan vs Carlos Mogensen and Akshay Dewalkar

    • Mens Singles 2: Sourabh Varma vs Parupalli Kashyap

    • Mixed Doubles: Joachim Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa vs Carlos Mogensen and Carolina Marin

To watch the matches live or to follow the live scores click here

IBL 2013 – Hyderabad Hotshots vs Pune Pistons – Hyderabad Hotshots win 4-1

Hyderabad Hotshots are playing Pune Pistons at Mumbai today.

Hyderabad Hotshots vs Pune Pistons Match Results

Winner: Hyderabad Hotshots

Score: 4-1

      • Ajay Jayaram defeated Tien Minh Nyugen 21-19, 21-8.

      • Saina Nehwal defeated Juliane Schenk 17-21, 21-19, 21-6.

      • VS Goh and KW Lim defeated Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas 21-19, 21-16.

      • Tanongsak defeated Saurabh Varma 21-17, 21-18.

      • VS Goh and Pradnya Gadre lost to Joachim Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa 11-21, 14-21.

IBL 2013 – Mumbai Masters vs Pune Pistons at Lucknow – Pune Pistons win 3-2

Mumbai Masters are playing Pune Pistons in the fifth tie of the IBL 2013 at Lucknow today at 8pm IST.

Mumbai Masters vs Pune Pistons Match Scores

Winner: Pune Pistons

Scores: 3-2

Player of the Match: Vladimir Ivanov

    • Vladimir Ivanov defeated Saurabh Varma 21-16, 21-14.

    • Tine Baun lost to Juliane Schenk   21-11, 10-21, 7-11.

    • Vladimir Ivanov and Pranaav Jerry Chopra defeated Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas 21-12, 20-12, 11-9.

    • Marc Zweibler lost to Tien Minh Nyugen 18-21, 13-21.

    • Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy lost to Joachim Fischer and Ashwini Ponnappa 20-21, 13-21

To watch the matches live or to follow the live scores click here

IBL Teams pick their Under 19 player for IBL 2013

As per the Indian Badminton League rules, each IBL franchise has to pick one Under-19 player from their area, to be a part of the IBL 2013 team representing their franchise.

Five of the six IBL teams have announced their players. We are happy to introduce them to you.

Mumbai Masters – Harsheel Dani

Harsheel Dani

Harsheel Dani
  • Harsheel Dani plays for Air India and is one of the most promising budding players in the juniors category.

 

Delhi Smashers – Utkarsh Arora

Utkarsh Arora

Utkarsh Arora

 

Pune Pistons – Revati Devasthale

Revati Devasthale

Revati Devasthale

  •  Revati Devasthale plays for Maharashtra and is the only female player chosen so far as a part of the Under 19 category in IBL 2013.

 

Hyderabad Hotshots – Rahul Yadav

Rahul Yadav

Rahul Yadav

  •  Rahul Yadav is originally from Arunachal Pradesh, but has now shifted his base to Andhra Pradesh and trains at the Gopichand Academy.

Banga Beats – Daniel Farid

Daniel Farid

Daniel Farid

  • Daniel Farid is from Karnataka and is another budding player in the country.

 

Awadhe Warriors is the only team who has not yet announced their pick and is expected to make the announcement shortly.

IBL 2013 – Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons at New Delhi – Pune Pistons Win 3-2

Krrish Delhi Smashers played Pune Pistons in the opening match of IBL 2013 on 14th August, 2013 at 8pm IST.

While we predicted a 3-2 victory for Delhi Smashers, Joachim and Ashwini of Pune Pistons had other plans to spoil the Delhi party and upset the hosts 3-2 to win the opening tie of the IBL 2013 in the deciding match.

Krrish Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons – IBL 2013 Match Results

Winner: Pune Pistons

Score: 3-2

Player of the Tie: Sai Praneeth

 

Ashwini Ponnappa and Joachim Fischer

Ashwini Ponnappa and Joachim Fischer

  • Mens Singles 1: Sai Praneeth of Delhi Smashers defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Pune Pistons 21-16, 21-20 to give a good start to Delhi Smashers.
  • Womens Singles: Juliane Schenk of Pune Pistons defeated Nichaon Jindapon of Delhi Smashers 21-15, 21-6 to help Pune roar back with their first point of the IBL 2013.
  • Mens Doubles: Boon Hoeng Tan/Kien Keat Koo of Delhi Smashers defeated Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar of Pune Pistons 21-13, 21-16 in the third match to give a 2-1 lead to Delhi Smashers.
  • Mens Singles 2: Saurabh Varma of  Pune Pistons defeated H.S.Prannoy of Delhi Smashers 21-16, 19-21 11-5.
  • Mixed Doubles: Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa of Pune Pistons defeated Kien Keat Koo and Jwala Gutta of Delhi Smashers 21-19, 16-21, 11-3 to help Pune Pistons win the decider and also gain the valuable bonus point for winning the tie.

Delhi Smashers vs Pune Pistons Videos

Match 1: Tien Minh Nguyen of Pune Pistons vs Sai Praneeth of Delhi Smashers


Match 2: Juliane Schenk of Pune Pistons vs Nichaon Jindapon of Delhi Smashers


Match 3: Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar of Pune Pistons vs Boon Hoeng Tan/Kien Keat Koo of Delhi Smashers


Match 4: Saurabh Varma of Pune Pistons vs H.S.Prannoy of Delhi Smashers


Match 5: Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Ashwini Ponnappa of Pune Pistons vs Kien Keat Koo and Jwala Gutta of Delhi Smashers


Prediction

While it might turn out to be a Ashwini vs Jwala showdown, we are prediciting a Delhi Smashers victory. (Reasoning given below)

Ashwini Ponnappa vs Jwala Gutta

Ashwini Ponnappa vs Jwala Gutta

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Team Composition:

Krrish Delhi Smashers

Jwala Gutta

Jwala Gutta

Players of Krrish Delhi Smashers in IBL 2013:

Pune Pistons

Ashwini Ponnappa

Ashwini Ponnappa

Players of Pune Pistons in IBL 2013 are:

 Initial Analysis

While on paper both teams appear to be strong, Delhi Smashers might have the edge over Pune Pistons. Here are some of the reasons:

  1. Mens Singles 1: Wing Ki Wong from Delhi Smashers will have to fight it out with Tin Min Nyugen if he plays him. If Delhi smartly escapes this one, he might win this hands down – but of course Delhi will lose the second one also very easy.
  2. Mens Singles 2: Sai Praneeth from Delhi Smashers might have to battle it out and carve this one, as it appears to be a close call here.
  3. Womens Singles: Juliane Schenk from Pune Pistons is going to have it her way, unless someone from the Delhi Smashers team spring up with a surprise (Arundhati?). So this point appears to be a foregone conclusion for Pune Pistons in this match.
  4. Mens Doubles: Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat are undoubtedly the best pair in IBL 2013 and hence will be able to win their Mens Doubles match hands down.
  5. Mixed Doubles: Diju and Jwala have already played together for many years and might be quite formidable to defeat, unless Pune Pistons come up with an idea of playing Ashwini along with Joachim. This is a close one and hence no clear winner here.

Prediction Conclusion

With two sure wins (Mens Singles 1 and Mens Doubles), Delhi Smashers just have to work hard enough to win either the second Mens Singles match or the Mixed Doubles match, which appears to be quite a possibility. Hence the thought is Delhi Smashers are going to win this one 3-2 over Pune Pistons. Lets wait and watch :-)

IBL 2013 Official Coaches of all six teams announced

Indian Badminton League (IBL) organizers have announced the names of all the six coaches for the teams participating in IBL 2013.

Banga Beats – U Vimal Kumar

Vimal Kumar - Coach for Banga Beats IBL 2013 team

Vimal Kumar – Coach for Banga Beats IBL 2013 team

Vimal Kumar is a former Indian National player, originally from Kerala. He is currently the director of Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore.

Achievements as a Player

  • Two times National Champion
  • Winner at French Open in 1983 and 1984
  • Represented India in 1992 Barcelona Olympics

Delhi Smashers – Rashid Sidek

Rashid Sidek - Coach of Delhi Smashers IBL team in 2013

Rashid Sidek – Coach of Delhi Smashers IBL team in 2013

Rashid Sidek is from Malaysia and one of the popular Sidek brothers who used to rule world badminton purely due to their magic on court.

Achievements as a Player

  • Winner of Malaysian Open in 1990, 1991 and 1992
  • Winner of World Grand Prix in 1992
  • Winner of ABC Championships in 1992
  • Winner of Brunei Open in 1995
  • Winner of French Open in 1996
  • Bronze medal winner in 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

Hyderabad Hotshots – Rajendra Kumar S

Rajendra Kumar J - Coach of Hyderabad Hotshots IBL team in 2013

Rajendra Kumar J – Coach of Hyderabad Hotshots IBL team in 2013

Rajendra Kumar was born on 25th February 1965 and is currently with Gopichand Badminton Academy in Hyderabad.

Achievements

  • Joined Gopichand Academy in 2008 and has been instrumental in handling the academy, supporting Gopichand

Lucknow Warriors – Hafiz Hashim

Hafiz Hashim - Coach of Lucknow Warriors IBL team in 2013

Hafiz Hashim – Coach of Lucknow Warriors IBL team in 2013

Achievements as a Player

  • Winner of Commonwealth Games in 2002
  • Winner of All England Championships in 2003
  • Winner of Thailand Open in 2005
  • WInner of Swiss Open in 2005
  • Winner of Dutch Open in 2005
  • Winner of Denmark Open in 2005
  • Winner of German Open in 2005
  • Winner of Phillipines Open in 2006

Mumbai Masters – Aparna Popat

Aparna Popat - Mumbai Masters Coach in IBL 2013

Aparna Popat – Mumbai Masters Coach in IBL 2013

Aparna Popat is with Prakash Padukone Academy based out of Bangalore.

Achievements as a Player

  • Won the National championships 9 times between 1997 and 2006
  • Won the French Open Women Singles finals in 1998
  • Won the Gold Medal at the SAARC Championships
  • First Indian Badminton player to reach the finals of World Junior Championships – in 1996 in Denmark
  • Runner up at Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur

Pune Pistons – Nikhil Kanetkar

Nikhil Kanetkar - Coach of Pune Pistons IBL team in 2013

Nikhil Kanetkar – Coach of Pune Pistons IBL team in 2013

Nikhil Kanetkar is a former Indian national badminton player who currently runs Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy in Pune

Achievements

  • Represented India in 2004 Olympic Games

Wishing all the six coaches good luck in their efforts with their respective teams.