For a very long time, the bridesmaids in doubles competitions and doubles players were never the brides. The doubles experts and the events were pushed to the background. They won some critical matches for India but were not recognized by the badminton association of India (BAI) (BAI). Due to this, Leroy D'sa and Uday Pawar, two exceptional doubles specialists in their own right, were not treated with the same respect as Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi, who received widespread recognition.
But with the rise of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankareddy in recent years, everything has changed. This dynamic pair, which attained a high world rank of 7, accounted for nearly all of the top couples in the world. The team has won two of the three main competitions, including the men's doubles gold at the CWG and the Thomas Cup.
And there is no doubt that coach Mathias Boe has done a fantastic job with the duo. The Danish player who won the silver medal at the Olympics was a pro in his day. Being an absolute professional, Boe has been successful in transforming Indian double's badminton. In this in-depth conversation, Chirag discusses the contribution Boe has made to doubles. And Boe on Indian talent and how the world perceives our doubles.
When Shetty was questioned about Mathias Boe's influence on Saisatwik Rankareddy and himself as well as the Indian doubles scene generally, he emphasized Dane's tactical skill as something that set him apart.
Well, the doubles camp as a whole has benefited greatly from our work under Boe. He puts us through rigorous, highly tactical training. Anyone can play badminton, and anyone can smash or drop, but the trick is knowing when and where to smash. His tactical suggestions at pivotal moments are quite beneficial. That is a significant impact he has made on our game.