The Tapasee Pannu owned Pune7Aces have let their Mumbai shuttler go for the run by replacing Sony Dwi Kuncoro for the new Premier Badminton League starting off this month for their debut.
Change of players at the crucial time would turn out to be one of the hardest decisions in maintaining balance in the performance of team members. The reason for replacement lies in Sony’s injury, sustaining either a Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tear or an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) at his training session last month. The nature of the injury is still to be discovered after the MRI results are analysed.
The new player Dani is 22 years old and is an expert at right-handed shuttling, currently ranking 133 in the men’s singles category. He has garnered a lot of attention in the recent play at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship where he made a Round of 16 after competing with Ajay Jayaram for the last round. He could have channelled to the next round on defeating Zhou Zegi.
. @harsheel_dani is an Indian badminton player. He also hopes to fulfill the respected place for our aces player Sony Swi Kuncoro as suffering from injuries. As the team management chooses an Indian player over a Foreign player.#InItToWinIt
.#7AcesPune #Badminton pic.twitter.com/j0ZYdbNAMg
— 7acespune (@7acespune) December 18, 2018
Dani has trained under Uday Pawar Badminton Academy, Mumbai and has been a good retriever of shape since then, his plays being consistent. He won the Ghana BWF International Tournament 2018 defeating Siddharth Thakur 14-21, 21-16, 23-21 in the final and he was a runner-up at the Polish BWF International Tournament 2018 losing to Germany’s Kai Schafer by 14-21, 22-20, 9-21 in the title clash. He had played in the Asian and BWF World Junior Championships.
On enquiring on joining the team he said, “I am extremely excited to be part of the Pune7Aces team and I would give my best to this team every time I step on the court, I am going to make the most of this opportunity and enjoy every moment of it. I am in it to win it and with Pune7Aces I am surely aiming to win the league”.
He will join the likes of Carolina Marin, Lakshya Sen, Chirag Shetty, Brice Leverdez and Mathias Boe in the Pune7Aces squad.
“Harsheel is a promising player with immense talent and has potential to take this team to the extra mile. We went ahead with this young talent because of his willingness to give more and his recent performances are proof of how hard working he is,” affirmed the Coach of Pune7Aces Joachim Persson.
The Pune7Aces new joinee said, “Premier Badminton League has always been a great platform for young players like me. It gives us a platform to showcase our talent. I am extremely excited to be part of the Pune7Aces team and I would give my best to this team every time I step on the court. I am going to make the most of this opportunity and enjoy every moment of it. I am in it to win it and with Pune7Aces I am surely aiming to win the League”.
Strengths and achievements of both players are discussed below
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 18, 2018
Dani has his origins in India and is a left-handed shuttler who became U-19 singles champion in the junior nationals and represented India in the Asian and BWF World Junior Championships. He received support from the the GoSports Foundation. He was the runner-up of the 2015 Turkey International.
At the 2016 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold, he reached the quarterfinal. He was the semi-finalist at the Austrian Open in February 2016. Harsheel is part of the national training camp at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad and has left with the team to compete at the Canada Open.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro
Sony Dwi Kuncoro is a badminton singles player from Indonesia. He is the 2004 Olympic bronze medalists, two-time World Championships medalists and three-time Asia Champion (2002, 2003, 2005). He was two-time participated at the Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008. He had missed the Olympic Games in 2012 after an injury set him back in the qualification process.
2004 Summer Olympics
2007 BWF World Championships
2009 BWF World Championships
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