'Indian shuttlers need to show more commitment'
Indian players are talented but need to show more commitment and focus while aiming for bigger goals in international badminton, feels shuttle ace Prakash Padukone.Updated:
Indian players are talented but need to show more commitment and focus while aiming for bigger goals in international badminton, feels shuttle ace Prakash Padukone.
"We have talented players and they are getting lot more facilities and international exposure of late than in the past."
"But I feel they are lacking in having more commitment, hunger and focus. They need to aim for the highest prize in the game than be content with lower level ones like the Satellites," the former All England champion said on Thursday.
Prakash, who defeated Indonesia's then world no. One Liem Swie King to win the 1980 All England men's singles crown, spoke after the release of his official biography "Touch Play - the story of Prakash Padukone" penned by sports scribe Dev Sukumar.
Prakash also wanted the Badminton Association in India to provide more help to someone like Saina Nehwal, whom he described as the best talent to have come out from the country for a long time.
Complimenting the author for his painstaking work that took him to several Far Eastern countries and cities within India, Prakash bemoaned the lack of sufficient literature as well as statistics in the shuttle game even at the international level.
"One of the reasons for the popularity of cricket in India is the wealth of statistics available on the game for which I have to give credit to its authorities. We need more literature and statistics in badminton too which is absent even at the international level," Padukone said.
First Published: Feb 22, 2007 18:50 IST