File photo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (left) and Chirag Shetty.© AFP
Despite their remarkable dominance on the court and breaking unprecedented records, India’s badminton stars Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty express a constant desire to achieve more and inspire the next generation. Satwiksairaj and Chirag took India’s first ever Asian Games gold medal in badminton, but they are still striving for more in the future, keeping the hunger alive and inspiring the next generation as well. “Personally, I would say we have a lot more to achieve. We are satisfied but not really satisfied. We have a lot more to achieve and we want to achieve more and it certainly feels good to be the world No. 1 and Asian champions. We have a lot more hunger inside. We have a lot more to do in the upcoming tournaments and of course we wanted to inspire many young kids to choose any sport. Good signs for badminton that a lot more are choosing the sport professionally,” Satwiksairaj told ANI.
Chirag echoed his partner’s sentiments and emphasized their unquenchable desire to progress, “As Satwik said, we are not satisfied yet as we have many more tournaments and things to achieve in the future. We are looking forward to it and I hope somehow we can guide these kids and I hope there are many more people playing at the highest level and bringing many more medals to the country.”
The star shuttler duo have not only gained attention with their dominance on the badminton court but have also taken social media by storm with their unique dance moves that they perform after winning a game.
Revealing how the story behind the special dance, Satwiksairaj said, “It started from Thomas Cup. Thomas Cup finals. For me, it comes naturally when I hear any drums or sound, I automatically start dancing. So it happened in Thomas Cup . There was drumming in the dugout. So it comes very naturally. After winning, it became a habit for us. I get a lot of messages that your match was okay but the dance was good. But I said that I won the match, then they say yes it’s fine, but it’s the dance we enjoyed (laughs). We want to win a lot of tournaments and do a lot of steps.”
Chirag also spoke about their post-victory dance and revealed that he just follows along when his partner starts dancing, saying, “Well, it comes quite naturally to us. It’s actually more to do with Satwik. He starts dancing, and I’m coming along. So after every big win we have on the tour, we do that and it’s pretty special for us.”
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