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Sankar Muthusamy Enters Top 100 BWF World Ranking

World Junior Championship 2022 Silver medalist and World Junior No.2 Sankar Muthusamy enters the top 100 BWF world ranking in Men's Singles. Prannoy HS played in the world tour finals 2022 is at his career-best No.8 in Men's Singles. Priyansu Rajawat enters into the top 50, and Meiraba trails behind him in 58. Ravikrishna & Sankar Prasad enters into the top 50 in Men's Doubles.

Malvika Bansod becomes the second best Indian women's singles player next to PV Sindhu. Malvika Bansod, Saina Nehwal, and Aakarshi Kashyap are in World Rank 30, 31, and 32 respectively.

India's best Men's doubles pair Satwiksairaj & Chirag, Mixed doubles pair Ishaan Bhatnagar & Tanisha Crasto, Women's Doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand are in their best world rank No.5, 19, 17 respectively. Januaury 2023 will be an important month for Saipraneeth, Sameer Verma, Subhankar Dey, and Sourabh Verma to regain thier positions.

Upcoming BWF 1000 Malaysia Open starts on 10th January, BWF 750 India Open 2023 starts on 17th January and BWF 500 Indonesian Masters 2023 starts on 24th January will help them to stabilize and grow in their positions.

Players & Pairs

in the Top 16


in the Top 16 -50


In the Top 100


Upcoming Important Tournaments

BWF 1000 PETRONAS Malaysia Open 2023, 10 - 15 January
BWF 750 YONEX SUNRISE India Open 2023, 17 - 22 January
BWF 500 DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2023, 24 - 29 January
BWF 300 PRINCESS SIRIVANNAVARI Thailand Masters 2023, 31 January - 05 February

Photo Courtesy BWF Badminton

Badmintonscholar presents the analysis of the Indian players' World Rank on Week 52, 27 Dec 2022, and discusses the perspectives of the players to represent the country in the Summer Olympics Paris 2024.


Paris 2024

Paris qualification period will start from May 1 in 2023 to April 28 in 2024.

Rule 1: During the qualification period, the player should be ranked between 1-250 in the BWF Race to Paris Ranking list of 28 April 2024.

Rule 2: There will be at least two athletes from each of the five BWF Continental Confederations. Though India is an Asian Country, players cannot enjoy the continental quota.

Rule 3: During the qualification period, the country's top player will qualify if they are in the top 35 in the Race to Paris Ranking list.

Rule 4:During the qualification period, the country's top two players will qualify if they are in the top 16 in the Race to Paris Ranking list.

Indian Men's Singles contingent is stronger because of its distribution and depth. Lakshya, Kidambi, and Prannoy are contesting stronger to ensure 2 berths for the next Summer Olympics Paris 2024.

The promising young players just completed their junior circuit and entered into the top 100, Priyanshu Rajawat, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam, and Sathish Kumar Karunakaran are promising a strong tail of the Indian Men's Singles Contingent.


World Top 100 Men's Singles Indian Players - 16%

7, Lakshya SEN

8, PRANNOY H. S. - Career Best

12, KIDAMBI Srikanth

35, Mithun Manjunath

43, Sameer Verma

45, Kiran George - Career Best

50, Priyanshu Rajawat - Career Best

55, Sai Praneeth

58, Meiraba Luwang Maisnam - Career Best

62, Parupalli Kashyap

70, Kartikey Gulshan Kumar

96, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran

97, Chirag Sen

98, Subhankar Dey

99 S.Sankar Muthusamy - Career Best

100 Harshit Aggarwal- Career Best

In contrast to the Men's Singles, other categories of the Indian side need more focus and fuel to identify potential players and pairs to qualify for Olympics from the top 16 ranks slot.

The minimum and a possible number of players/pairs that can represent a country in the Olympics is 5, each one for a category. At the same time, if two players/pairs from a country are in the top 16 of each category, the Maximum probability is 10 players/pairs. If the same world ranking positions are considered now, India can represent only 6 players/pairs in Paris 2024.


Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap trail behind PV Sindhu to reach top 16 mark.

Top 100 Women's Singles Indian Players - 15%

6, PV Sindhu

30, Malvika Bansod - Career Best

31, Saina Nehwal

32, Aakarshi Kashyap - Career Best

44, Ashmita Chaliha - Career Best

48, Anupama Upadhyaya - Career Best

54, Tasnim MIR - Career Best

56, Tanya Hemanth - Career Best

57, IRA Sharma - Career Best

61, Imad Farooqui SAMIYA

63, GADDE Ruthvika Shivani


75, Rituparna DAS

83, Aditi BHATT - Career Best

97, Prerana Nelluri - Career Best

While Saina struggles to keep her momentum, identifying the next players to join Sindhu in the top 16 to qualify for Paris is a challenge for India. Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap are in the top 50 and give confidence.

Similarly in Men's Doubles, next to Satwik and Chirag, Arjun and Dhruv is pushing toward the rank 16 mark. The other 5 pairs are in the top 100, it will be a challenge for them to manage Indonesia, China, and other Asian counterparts.

Indian duo Chirag Satwik is in the Career Best Rank No.5.

Top 100 Men's Doubles Indian Players - 08%

5, Satwiksairaj RANKIREDDY Chirag SHETTY - Career Best


32, Krishna Prasad GARAGA Vishnuvardhan Goud PANJALA - Career Best


50, P.S RAVIKRISHNA Sankar Prasad UDAYAKUMAR - Career Best

62, Shyam PRASAD S. Sunjith (Jr)

75, Achutaditya Rao DODDAVARAPU Venkata Harsha Vardhan Rayudu VEERAMREDDY - Career Best



Top 100 Women's Doubles Indian Players - 09%

Trisha Jolly and Gayatri cruised into the top 20 and emerged as a propitious Women's doubles Indian pair. Though it has only 09 pairs in the top, Women's Doubles is the weak zone of the Indian contingent. This week most of all the pairs have progressed to their best positions and two new pairs entered the top 100.

17, Treesa JOLLY, Gayatri Gopichand Pullela - Career Best

28, Ashwini PONNAPPA REDDY Sikki

38, Ashwini BHAT K.Shikha GAUTAM

41, Haritha MANAZHIYIL H Ashna ROY - Career Best

46, Simran SINGHI Ritika THAKER - Career Best

83, Rutaparna PANDA Swetaparna PANDA - Career Best

86, Palak ARORA Unnati HOODA - Career Best


100, Rudrani JAISWAL JAMALUDEEN Anees Kowsar - Career Best

Mixed Doubles is another zone in which India has to concentrate more. Only 08 pairs are in the top 100 and no one is in or nearer to the top 16. Ishaan Bhatnagar & Tanisha Crasto gives confidencethe by inching toward top 20.

Top 100 Mixed Doubles Indian Players - 08%

19, Ishaan Bhatnagar Tanisha Crasto - Career Best

42,Venkat Gaurav PRASAD Juhi DEWANGAN

69, Rohan KAPOOR REDDY Sikki - Career Best

73, M.R. ARJUN Treesa JOLLY Career Best

79, REDDY B. Sumeeth Ashwini PONNAPPA

Career Best

87, Ayush MAKHIJA Deeksha CHOUDHARY - Career Best

90, Nithin H.V. S RAM Poorvisha - Career Best

91, Akshan SHETTY Simran SINGHI -

No. of World Top 16 Indian Players - 05

Men's Singles 03

Women's Singles 01

Men's Doubles 01

Women's Doubles 00

Mixed Doubles 00

The top 16 players will get sufficient support from SAI, BAI, and Sponsors to be on the top ranking. They are the probable contingent for the Summer Olympics Paris 2024.

No. of World Top 17 to 50 Indian Players - 20

Men's Singles 04

Women's Singles 05

Men's Doubles 04

Women's Doubles 05

Mixed Doubles 02

Players in the top 50 world ranking will get sufficient sponsorship and fund from SAI and BAI to participate in more BWF tournaments.

Even though they are in World's Top 50, they require to participate in the National Selection Trials of Core Group and major international tournaments. They are directly eligible to participate in the National Selection Trials of Core Group and major international tournaments.

No. of World Top 100 Indian Players - 56

Men's Singles 16

Women's Singles 15

Men's Doubles 08

Women's Doubles 09

Mixed Doubles 08

These players will get a qualification and main draw entry for BWF 100 and 300 tournaments which will boost their World ranking further. These players have to focus on their National circuits too to qualify for the selection trials for Core Group of the year to get funds from BAI and SAI.

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