“Taufik is a great player and there is no doubt about it. But I feel he should be happy with what he has got. He should understand that he has retired and would not get this kind of money even if he won a tournament.

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

“This is an Indian badminton league and is meant to benefit local players of this country. So, it’s good if a local player has been bought at a higher price,” Nehwal said after the Hotshots beat Pune Pistons 4-1 on Monday.

Though the World No 4 was was happy with the victory, she expressed reservations about some of the line-calls in her match against Juliane Schenk. “In the second game, I felt many points went against me. Many line judgements were ruled incorrectly.

Taufik Hidayat
Taufik Hidayat

“I know some human is expected, but it was not a matter of just one or two wrong calls but five or six. It’s the umpire’s duty to overrule such calls but that didn’t happen even once,” she said.