India’s ace shuttler HS Prannoy, who hails from the most renowned Pullela Gopichand Academy, is one prominent player to look out for in this edition of Premier Badminton League starting from 22nd December 2018. This promising lad will be turning up for Delhi Dashers in this edition of the league.
After having a season to remember with the Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the previous edition, the young lad is all set for a power-packed performance this season.
Prannoy had achieved a highest ranking of No. 12 in 2015. Owning two Grand Prix Gold titles to his credit, the 2014 Indian Masters and 2016 Swiss Open respectively, Prannoy also clinched the gold and silver medal at the South Asian Games.
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PBL 2018: New Team, New Excitement for HS Prannoy
Indian shuttler Prannoy HS talks to The Field about why he took up the sport, the player he admires the most and his persona off court ahead of the new @Premier Badminton League – PBL season.-- Advertisement --
Posted by The Field on Wednesday, 19 December 2018
After an extravagant season on the BWF circuit that saw Prannoy reaching a couple of Superseries semi-finals and climbing to a career-high No. 10, the Pullela Gopichand prodigy is all set to carry on this pace into this next season.
His unkept excitement for PBL is never-ending. In 2016 PBL Season 2 he was quoted,
“We had a great season last year and missed the title by a whisker. We want to win it this time. We have a great team and everyone is in good form. Personally, I want to remain injury free and play without pressure in big matches”.
This enthusiasm, energy hasn’t changed in the last 3 years. Prannoy says about his experience in the league so far in the recent interview with The Field,
“When I started playing PBL, I was 22-23 and there were a lot of things to learn from the senior group, especially whenever PBL used to happen, that 10-15 days was the learning time to see where you could see each of them preparing for each match and the way they used to train. I think all those things were new insights for me at that time.”
Prannoy’s 2017 PBL Journey
Prannoy has been associated with the league since its inception and his addition will bring in a lot of experience into the Delhi Dashers squad. He has previously been a part of the Mumbai Rockets (in PBL-1&2) and the Ahmedabad Smash Masters (in PBL-3). Heralded for his speed and power, it will now be a test of his leadership skills as the Indian aims to take the Delhi franchise to the pinnacle of glory.
Prannoy had played as a part of Mumbai Rockets and is the first player to win eight consecutive matches in the history of the Premier Badminton League (PBL). In his debut against Wang Tzu Wei of the North Eastern Warriors, he flagged a win with a score of 15-10, 15-14 at the Karambir Navin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium in Guwahati.
HS Prannoy vs Wang Tzu Wei at the PBL
The winning intentions were most profound when he took over Awadhe Warriors’ Wang Tzu Wei. Prannoy as an eminent smasher, he did not take enough time to grab the game’s winning side and retain it for quite a long time with an opening of 15-10. The game was left in suspense when the 25-year-old star showed a phenomenal resilience.
A fired-up Wang even held four-game points as he marched ahead to 14-10 in a spectacular turnaround. The thrill of the game was intact when the Indian player played his part in one of the best manners and bagged five points on the trot to register the win.
Prannoy is all set for this season with the correct form and with best team players alongside to keep the fire burning throughout. He still stands to be one of the costliest players of the season and comes with a strong winning capacity and a determination to beat up his last injuries and setbacks. All that is required from him is to replicate what he had played in the last seasons.