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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.

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

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

Chirag Shetty Biography

NameChirag Chandrashekhar Shetty
Chirag Shetty Age24 years
Date of Birth4 July 1997
Chirag Shetty CoachTan Kim
SportBadminton
Chirag Shetty badminton racketVoltric80 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)
Current Ranking7 (MD 22 March 2022)
Chirag Shetty Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Highest ranking7 (MD 12 November 2019)
413 (XD 27 August 2015)
SpouseUnmarried
Chirag Shetty SisterArya Shetty
Chirag Shetty ParentChandrashekhar Shetty and Sujata Shetty
Chirag Shetty HometownMumbai, India
Chirag Shetty Networth$1-5 Million
Churag Shetty PartnerSatwiksairaj Rankireddy
Chirag Shetty AwardsArjun Award
Zodiac SignCancer
Alma materRyan International Shool, Mumbai
Chirag Shetty collegeNarsee 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.

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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).

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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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The Chirag-Satwigsairaj duo is currently trained under former No.1 ranked doubles player, Mathias Boe. In the Men’s Doubles event, Chirag is currently tenth in the ranking. The highest he has ever been is No.7. If things go as Indian badminton legend Pullela Gopichand predicted, India would have their highest medal tally in the history of the Olympics this year. If so, we can’t rule out the chances of Chiragand Satwigsairaj Rankireddy making our nation proud at Tokyo 2020.

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Awards & achievements

  • Arjun Award

Commonwealth Games

(Men’s doubles)

YearVenuePartnerOpponentScoreResult
2018Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Austral
Satwiksairaj RankireddMarcus Ellis,
Chris Langridge
13–21, 16–21Silver

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Men’s doubles

YearTournamentLevelPartnerOpponentScoreResult
2018Hyderabad OpenSuper 100Satwiksairaj RankireddyAkbar Bintang Cahyono,
Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani
21–16, 21–14Winner
2018Syed Modi InternationalSuper 300Satwiksairaj RankireddyFajar Alfian,
Muhammad Rian Ardianto
11–21, 20–22Runner-up
2019Thailand OpenSuper 500Satwiksairaj RankireddyLi Junhui,
Liu Yuchen
21–19, 18–21, 21–18Winner
2019French OpenSuper 750Satwiksairaj RankireddyMarcus Fernaldi Gideon,
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
18–21, 16–21Runner-up
2022India OpenSuper 500Satwiksairaj RankireddyMohammad Ahsan,
Hendra Setiawan
21–16, 26–24Winner

BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles)

Men’s doubles

YearTournamentPartnerOpponentScoreResult
2016Mauritius InternationalSatwiksairaj RankireddyDhruv Kapila,
Saurabh Sharma
21–12, 21–16Winner
2016India International SeriesSatwiksairaj RankireddyGoh Sze Fei,
Nur Izzuddin
8–11, 11–5, 7–11, 11–8, 11–5Winner
2016Tata Open India InternationalSatwiksairaj RankireddyArjun M.R.,
Ramchandran Shlok
10–12, 11–9, 11–7, 11–5Winner
2016Bangladesh InternationalSatwiksairaj RankireddyM. Anilkumar Raju,
Venkat Gaurav Prasad
17–21, 21–7, 21–8Winner
2017Vietnam InternationalSatwiksairaj RankireddyTrawut Potieng,
Nanthakarn Yordphaisong
17–21, 21–9, 21–15Winner
2019Brazil InternationalSatwiksairaj RankireddJelle Maas,
Robin Tabeling
21–14, 21–18Winner

Social Media

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Chirag Shetty Instagram

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