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. This time in Tokyo 2020, a male duo, Chirag Shetty and Satwigsairaj Rankireddy carries our hopes of winning another medal in the badminton doubles event. Let’s get to know about Chirag Shetty, hopefully, a would-be pride for India at the Olympics.
Chirag Shetty Information
Chirag Chandrashekhar Reddy
Date of Birth
4 July 1997
Mathias Boe, Uday Pawar
10th (Men's doubles)
2018 Commonwealth Games: Gold in the mixed team event, and a silver in the men's doubles event.
Father: Chandrashekhar Shetty. Mother: Sujata Shetty
Ryan International School
Chirag Shetty Bio
Born on 4th July 1997 in Mumbai, Chirag Shetty 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.
A glorious duo: Chirag Shetty & Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
The Chirag Shetty & 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 Shetty 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.
Unlike those parents who discourage their children to pursue sports and force them to focus on academics, Chirag 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 Shetty’s success lies with his father’s interest and commitment to see him win every match.
Form and performance
The Chirag-Satwigsairaj duo is currently trained under former No.1 ranked doubles player, Mathias Boe. In the Men’s Doubles event, Chirag Shetty 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 Chirag Shetty and Satwigsairaj Rankireddy making our nation proud at Tokyo 2020.
Chirag Shetty Awards & achievements
- Arjun Award
|2019||French Open ( BWF 750)||Silver|
|2019||Thailand Open (Super 500)||Gold|
|2018||Syed Modi International Tournament ( Super 300)||Silver|
|2018||Hyderabad Open ( Super 100)||Gold|
|2016||Asia Team Championship||Bronze|
Chirag Shetty Photos
— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) June 3, 2021
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) September 30, 2020
He is showing us the best way to smash the mid-week blues 🔥
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) September 15, 2020
Battling injuries heading into the 2019 Thailand Open, a calmer duo magnificently adapted to the circumstances to reign supreme. @olympicchannel features the first #TeamIndia🇮🇳 Men’s Doubles pair to win a Super Series title! @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj https://t.co/IKbMjgNvlF
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) August 5, 2020