Parupalli Kashyap: Hope I can prove myself in Premier Badminton League

Returning from a lengthy injury lay-off, shuttler keen to make it big in upcoming badminton league

Hyderabad: Back in action after an injury lay-off, ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is keen on making it big in the upcoming Premier Badminton League (PBL) as a star player of Hyderabad Hunters.

Parupalli Kashyap
Parupalli Kashyap. Pic/Getty Images

"I am so happy to be part of the Hyderabad team. I was representing Bangalore in IBL (now shelved Indian Badminton League). I thank the team management who chose me.

"I am looking forward to this tournament, so many exciting matches. I hope I can prove myself in the tournament. I was injured for quite a long time. I am getting back. I have started my regular training," he said, speaking at an event where the Hyderabad Hunters announced its team members.

Kashyap, who is currently ranked World No 15, said he is confident of regaining a place among world’s top 10 in a few months. "It is always going to be tough to reach top 10. But, I have the game. I have the experience. I should be getting back to the top 10 in a few months time," he said.

Kashyap said he is looking forward to the face-offs with his compatriots like K Srikanth and HS Prannoy among others in the PBL.

"I am awaiting my first match and hoping that it will be a clash against Srikanth. If we play against each other it will be an exciting game, giving the in stadia crowd as well as the viewers an exhilarating game of badminton," Kashyap said.

Formidable side
He also said he could learn from top international players like Lee Chong Wei and Markis Kido and Carsten Mogensen, who are part of the Hyderabad team.

The Hyderabad team in PBL includes top players Jwala Gutta, Kashyap and upcoming shuttlers ASS Siril Verma, K Nandagopal, Satwik Sai Raj, Meghana Jakkampudi, CH Uttejitha Rao.

The Hyderabad franchise also boasts of international top seed players like Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Markis Kido, (Indonesia), Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) and Supanida Katethong (Thailand). — PTI

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