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Chirag Shetty Biography: Story of India’s Young Badminton Icon

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India has won a medal each in badminton at the last two Olympic Games. In the 2012 London Olympics, Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal and in Rio Olympics, PV Sindhu won a silver medal, both for the singles category. In Tokyo Olympics 2020, male duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwigsairaj Rankireddy carried India’s hope of winning another medal in the badminton doubles event. But unfortunately Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 despite winning their last Group ‘A’ game against British pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy 21-17, 21-19 in Tokyo.

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In the year 2022, Chirag, along with other team mates made history as they become the only 6th nation to win Thomas Cup.

Let’s get to know about Chirag Shetty, hopefully, a would-be pride for India at the Olympics.

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Chirag Shetty Biography

Name Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty
Chirag Shetty Age 25 years
Date of Birth 4 July 1997
Chirag Shetty Coach Tan Kim
Sport Badminton
Chirag Shetty badminton racket Voltric80 E-Tune
Achievement
  • Silver in CWG games 2018 (Men’s doubles),
  • BWF World Tour: 2018 – Hyderabad Open – Winner (Level 100)
  • 2018: Syed Modi International – Runner up (Level 300)
  • 2019: Thailand Open – Winner (Level 500)
  • 2019: French Open – Winner (Level 750)
  • 2022: India Open – Winner (Level 500)
  • 2023: Asian Championships – Gold – Winner (Men’s Doubles)
Current Ranking 3 (in Men’s Doubles) in 2023
Chirag Shetty Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Highest ranking 3 (in Men’s Doubles) in June, 2023
Spouse Unmarried
Chirag Shetty Sister Arya Shetty
Chirag Shetty Parent Chandrashekhar Shetty and Sujata Shetty
Chirag Shetty Hometown Mumbai, India
Chirag Shetty Networth $1-5 Million
Chirag Shetty Partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
Chirag Shetty Awards Arjun Award
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Alma mater Ryan International Shool, Mumbai
Chirag Shetty college Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
Chirag Shetty Instagram @chiragshetty
Chirag Shetty Twitter @Shettychirag04

Chirag Shetty Badminton Career

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Born on 4th July 1997 in Mumbai, Chirag is lucky to have his parents who were very supportive throughout his growth as a badminton player. His father Chandrashekhar Shetty encouraged Chirag and his daughter, Arya Shetty to take up any sport. He preferred an individual sports event as he understands the nasty politics around selection in team sports. Although Chirag chose badminton which can be played individually and with a partner, his main event became the doubles.

At a very young age, Chirag showed great potential in the sport. He became the badminton champion of his school, Ryan International. The start of his professional career was at the Uday Pawar Academy. As he developed as one of those budding badminton talents in India, he moved to Hyderabad to join the Gopichand Academy, one of the finest factories of world-class players. There he found his doubles partner coming from Andhra Pradesh, Satwigsairaj Rankireddy.


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A glorious duo: Chirag Shetty & Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

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The Chirag & Satwiksairaj Rankireddy duo had a great mutual understanding and gained popularity in no time. The young pair have secured six Badminton World Federation series gold medals (2016 – Mauritius International, India International series, Tata Open India International, Bangladesh International. 2017 – Vietnam International, 2019 – Brazil International).

In 2018 and 2019, they won the Hyderabad Open and Thailand open respectively. They were also the runners-up of the Syed Modi International tournament. But the biggest of all that Chirag has achieved is the gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2018 in the mixed-team event. It was his father’s dream to see him win a medal at the Commonwealth games and all his efforts of making him such a prolific player paid off with that 3-1 victory against Malaysia. Chirag and his partner Satwigsairaj also won the silver medal in the men’s doubles event in the same Commonwealth games losing to England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. Even more admiring about this young boy is that he showed enormous grit by winning all these with a recovering back injury.


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Chirag Shetty Family

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Unlike those parents who discourage their children to pursue sports and force them to focus on academics, Shetty’s parents Chandrashekhar Shetty and Sujatha Shetty were as concerned as him to reach higher echelons. His sister, Arya Shetty is also a professional badminton player. Chandrashekhar Shetty was very nurturing for his son. Though he initially disliked being a team-sport player, he never discouraged him. Instead, he didn’t even allow Chirag to stay alone for 15 days. If such a situation comes, he would go with his son and stay near his hotel room. Wherever Chirag has a tournament in India, Chandrashekhar would follow him there. Usually, he watches badminton matches for entertainment but he would become very anxious watching Chirag on the court. A major part of Chirag’s success lies with his father’s interest and commitment to see him win every match. 


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Form and performance

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He is known for his exceptional form and impressive performances on the court. Chirag is primarily a men’s doubles player and has partnered with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to achieve numerous accolades. Together, they won the BWF World Tour Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in 2019, becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to do so. Chirag has also won several medals at the South Asian Games, including a gold in the men’s doubles event in 2019. Chirag Shetty participated in the India Open 2022 tournament held in New Delhi. Along with his partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, he reached the quarter-finals in the men’s doubles event. Chirag’s skill, speed, and agility on the court make him a formidable opponent, and he is sure to continue making India proud with his performances in the future.

Awards & achievements

  • Arjun Award
  • Khel Ratna
  • Ekalavya Award

BWF World Championships

Men’s doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Aaron Chia,
Soh Wooi Yik
22–20, 18–21, 16–21 Bronze

Asian Championships

Men’s doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2023 Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Hall,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Ong Yew Sin,
Teo Ee Yi
16–21, 21–17, 21–19 Gold

 

Commonwealth Games

Men’s doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Marcus Ellis,
Chris Langridge
13–21, 16–21 Silver
2022 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Ben Lane,
Sean Vendy
21–15, 21–13 Gold

 

BWF World Tour (5 titles, 2 runners-up)

Men’s doubles

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Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Hyderabad Open Super 100 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Akbar Bintang Cahyono,
Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani
21–16, 21–14 Winner
2018 Syed Modi International Super 300 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Fajar Alfian,
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
11–21, 20–22 Runner-up
2019 Thailand Open Super 500 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy Li Junhui,
Liu Yuchen
21–19, 18–21, 21–18  Winner
2019 French Open Super 750 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  Marcus Fernaldi Gideon,
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
18–21, 16–21  Runner-up
2022 India Open Super 500  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  Mohammad Ahsan, Hendra Setiawan 21–16, 26–24  Winner
2022 French Open Super 750  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  Lu Ching-yao,
Yang Po-han
21–13, 21–19  Winner
2023 Swiss Open Super 300  Satwiksairaj Rankireddy  Ren Xiangyu,
Tan Qiang
21–19, 24–22  Winner

Social Media

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What are the notable achievements of Chirag Shetty in badminton?

Chirag Shetty has achieved several notable milestones in badminton, including winning the BWF World Tour Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in 2019, becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to do so. He has also won several medals at the South Asian Games and has been awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award for his outstanding achievements in the sport.

What is Chirag Shetty’s playing style in badminton?

Chirag Shetty is known for his skill, speed, and agility on the court, which make him a formidable opponent. He is primarily a men’s doubles player and is known for his powerful smashes and quick reflexes at the net. He is also adept at moving around the court and has a strong defense.

Who is Chirag Shetty’s doubles partner in badminton?

Chirag Shetty’s regular doubles partner in badminton is Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. Together, they have achieved several notable victories, including winning the BWF World Tour Super 500 title in 2019 and reaching the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles event at the India Open 2022 tournament.

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