Would you believe that other than Saina Nehwal India has a badminton singles player ranked among the top three in the world? And even then she didn't get picked by any of the six franchises?
Did you also know India can boast of three women's doubles gold medals at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games? Yes, bet you're wondering how.
If you go by the players' books for the Indian and internationals going up for auction, one which had statistics and profiles of with the international stars and the other for the Indians, given to each of the franchises during the Indian Badminton League auction, you would be pleasantly surprised.The Lad case
Take the case of youngster Tanvi Lad. According to the latest Badminton Association of India rankings, she's No. 3 on the singles list. But going for the player book, she has a Badminton World Federation ranking of No 2! Adding to that blunder, the book states she's 23 years old and was a junior national champion in 2012. Well, seems rather unlikely doesn't it?
Take the case of 22-year-old Pradnya Gadre. In an unexpected turn of events, she went under the hammer for a whopping $46000 (R27 lakh approx), bought by the Hyderabad Hotshots.
Gadre was 'stunned' herself. But when the player book calls her a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and a World Championship (2011) bronze medalist in the women's doubles, could the tug of war between Hyderabad and the Lucknow Warriors for her services be justified? Though a doubles specialist, with the women's doubles scrapped, the top-ranked Indian should be seen during the mixed event.
Is anyone aware of the 2013 senior national championships having taken place already? Well, according to the guide, Varsha Belawadi and GM Nischitha were the women's doubles finalists in that edition.
While PV Sindhu's icon status was secured by the Lucknow franchise, the woman who beat the talented youngster in last year's nationals, found no takers.
No where in the book is it mentioned that Sayali Gokhale, whose base price was set at $10000 (R5.9 lakh), is the current national champion.
While many during the auction on Monday were left pondering over such statistics, the organisers accepted the mistake. Many were confused with players selling for less than the alleged base price and the fact that few top Indian shuttlers were sent straight to the reserve pool while lower-ranked players were snapped up. With so many questions cropping up even before the start of the event, it's left to be seen how the tournament proceeds.
IBL denies charge
Agencies add: The charge by India's top doubles players KT Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas that they, have been shortchanged at the auction was denied by the organisers of the Indian Badminton League (IBL).