Prannoy defeats former World no. 1, breaks records after Arjuna Award nomination snub
Giant killer H S Prannoy hands former world no. 1 Lin Dan his earliest exit from World Championship.
Indian badminton shuttler HS Prannoy showcased his on-court prowess, defeating former world no. 1 Chinese shuttler Lin Dan in the second round of BWF World Championship.
H S Prannoy's lives upto his expectation of a giant killer to defeat the two-time Olympic Champion and five-time World Champion 21-11,13-21,21-07. The win comes as a record-shattering achievement for the 27-year-old Indian who became the first one from the country to defeat the Chinese stalwart thrice.
Prannoy also breaks Indian legend Pullela Gopichand's 2-1 record against Dan. Incidentally, this was Lin Dan's earliest exit at the World Championships in his 12 appearances.
H S Prannoy has also remained the giant killer in the fray with his ability to pull off surprises against the greats. He's also the only Indian to defeat Taufik Hidayat, Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long, the greatest shuttlers across generations who have embraced the court.
Earlier on Saturday, Prannoy had questioned the criteria for Arjuna Award selection, saying knowing people who can push a nomination is more important than performances on court. B Sai Praneeth was nominated for the Arjuna Award from among the badminton players. Doubles player Manu Attri, who was also recommended by the Badminton Association of India, was left out by the 12-member selection panel.
Interestingly, a BAI source said it did not recommend Prannoy's name for the Arjuna Award to the Sports Ministry on the ground that he did not have any creditable performance last year.
The 27-year-old Prannoy had won a gold in the mixed team event in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
He also won a bronze medal in the men's singles in the 2018 Asian Championships.
He also won a bronze in the men's team event in the 2016 Asian Team Championships.
He reached to world number 8 in the BWF rankings in May last year.