The India Open Super Series has been full of surprises. On the one hand, the event saw some of the big names from India crash out early, while on the other it witnessed a few unheralded players troubling the best in the business.
The shocking exit of the country's top shuttler and world No. 4, Saina Nehwal, made everyone cringe in disappointment.
But, on the same day, Sourabh Verma, an unseeded Indian, entered the main draw and sprung quite a few surprises when he accounted for three world-class players to reach the quarterfinals.
The tournament also opened a window for young guns like HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu, who played their first Super Series event. They gave a glimpse of what could be expected of them in the years to come. HT spoke to senior team coach, Bhaskar Babu, about the promising players India could look forward to in the future.