India is yet to win a medal in the doubles event in badminton at the Olympics. To end that badminton drought, one of the biggest hopes is the pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty at the Paris Olympics 2024. “As long as we are able to maintain our fitness and focus, we are ready for any event. In Tokyo we came close to defeating the famous Chinese Taipei duo in the first match of the competition and it was just unfortunate that we had to lose after winning the same number of matches as the other two teams in the group. The fact that the pair won the gold in Taipei is a testament to how close the competition was. We know we are ready. We are in the best frame of mind. We want to be the number one team in the world and win a medal for India in Paris and we win until we achieve these dreams. Won’t stop,” said India’s doubles badminton player Satviksairaj Rankireddy on the Backstage With Boria show.
As a pair both Satviksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty go really well with each other on court but off it both are quite different in their preferences.
Chirag Shetty said on the show, “What works for us is that we are very different people and yet similar. We travel and live together and yet our habits and likes are profoundly different. While I am extroverted and outgoing, Satvik is an introvert. Though Satvik likes Indian food, I like Japanese and other global food. We either go to a food court where all the options are available or one of us eats first while the other offers company and then goes to a place where the other gets his choice of food. .”
“Most importantly we’re there for each other on the bad days. The first thing if you’re playing doubles is you can’t blame your partner for the day off. You’ve won together and you’ve lost together. You’ve got to take it on the chin. And move on. Things are not going to go well for you every day, and you have to understand that as an athlete,” added Satviksairaj.
According to Pullela Gopichand, “They have a complete game and are definitely going to be a team to watch in the next few years. If you check, there are very few like them around the world. They have physical strength. Big smashes, they have defense and age is on their side. There are. They will only get better. And having played in Tokyo and knowing what it is, they will definitely be one of our best bets for Paris.”
Expectations from the duo are sky high after they played a key role in helping India win the Thomas Cup to a gold and two Super Series titles at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. In 2023, they are expected to win a medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou. In 2024, they will be one of India’s best bets to win an Olympic medal in badminton doubles.
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