Quality numbers for the Indian men’s badminton quintet

Srikanth Kidambi rules the roost as HS Prannoy jumps four places in the BWF men’s rankings.

With two back-to-back titles, Srikanth Kidambi leads the way for the Indian men’s team. Photo credit: Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP

India’s performance in the recently concluded Japan Open Super Series might have left something to be desired but there is still much to cheer as five shuttlers of the Indian men’s badminton contingent entered the top-20 of the BWF singles rankings. Srikanth Kidambi, who had crashed out of the Japan Open Super Series, was ranked eighth and continues to have the most points with 5853. The biggest improvement though came from the US Open champion HS Prannoy who jumped four spots to reach 15th rank in the tally.

While B. Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram held on to their previous rankings of 17th and 20th respectively, Sameer Verma moved two spots up and is now placed at 19th. After winning back-to-back Super Series titles, Srikanth continues to be the main man for the Indian men’s team. He is being well supported by Prannoy and Jayaram, as the Indian men make a slow but steady mark in the international badminton circuit. For the Indian women, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal maintained their previous positions of second and 12th respectively. The Indian mixed doubles pairing of Pranav Chopra and Sikki Reddy gained a couple of places and finished in 17th position in the BWF rankings.

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