Maiden Gold For India’s Badminton Mixed Team; Saina Nehwal Shines
History is made! Some of the country’s best shuttlers — Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwik Rankireddy, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal — gave India its maiden mixed team gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Monday (April 9).
No words can explain this feeling! Kudos to our Champions @NSaina @P9Ashwini @satwiksairaj @srikidambi @Shettychirag04 @PRANNOYHSPRI @sikkireddy @RuthvikaS @pranaav6 #IndiaontheRise #ShareTheDream #GC2018badminton #CWG2018India pic.twitter.com/4TSGIP9xuD
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 9, 2018
What drew our attention the most is that it was Saina Nehwal who shone with a perfectly-timed performance. She led the team to clinch its first gold against Malaysia.
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 8, 2018
And @NSaina does it again !!! India creates history! Congratulations team India (Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Srikanth Kidambi, Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty) for winning GOLD? #CWG2018India #GC2018Badminton #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/9Nr1IKeP5r
— Amit Singh (@amit_beau123) April 9, 2018
It is the country’s first celebratory mixed team badminton gold at any edition of the CWG. All thanks to the man behind the team — Pullela Gopichand
The Olympic bronze medallist shuttler is one of Gopichand’s pupils and was determined to make a mark at the podium this year. And, World No 12 Saina did not disappoint and has now taken India’s overall medal tally to 19 at the ongoing CWG.
Team India entered the final at Gold Coast having shown a consistent dominance over Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Scotland, Mauritius and Singapore
Before the game started off, Saina was upset as her father Harvir Singh Nehwal’s name was removed from the Indian team’s officials list for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The shuttler did protest this.
— Telaprolu Viswanadha (@viswam762) April 9, 2018
And finally GOLD ????????Congratulations guys . Credit to the entire coaching n support staff . #GopiAnna #tankimher and all the physios n trainers at the national camp @NSaina @Pvsindhu1 @srikidambi @P9Ashwini @PRANNOYHSPRI @pranaav6 @sikkireddy
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) April 9, 2018
Saina has recently received the Youth Icon award at the inaugural TOISA in 2015 and had won an individual gold in the 2010 CWG in New Delhi and mixed team silver and bronze in 2010 and 2006 respectively. On the other hand, Ponnappa was part of the women’s doubles pair that won gold in 2010 and silver in Glasgow, apart from a mixed team silver in 2010.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 9, 2018
Heartiest Congratulations team India ??-Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, Srikanth Kidambi, Satwik Rankireddy, Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty for winning GOLD?in the ?Badminton Mixed Team event at #GC2018 ! #GC2018Badminton
Thank you for making us so proud! pic.twitter.com/6CSwWFJnV9
— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) April 9, 2018
@NSaina What a performance…???? you are a champion and you proved it today… 12 straight points to win the Final game and help india win its historical gold at commonwealth games beating 4 time champions Malaysia… #CWG2018 #CommonwealthGames2018#SainaNehwal #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/nK8aj9rkfW
— Saswatkumar09 (@saswatkumar09) April 9, 2018
10th GOLD ? & 19th MEDAL for INDIA ??
— Sports Sutra ?? (@SpoSutra) April 9, 2018
Congratulations to Team India!!!