We have a great team: Prannoy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Dec 2016 09:23:08


Dec 21,


INDIA’S leading male shuttler HS Prannoy is eager to guide Mumbai Rockets to title win after the franchise had finished second-best in the Premier Badminton League last year behind Delhi Acers.

“I am very excited to be part of Mumbai Rockets for the second year. We had a great season last year and missed the title by a whisker. We want to win it this time. We have a great team and everyone is in great form,” said Prannoy at the jersey launch function of the PBL franchise here on Wednesday.

The six-team PBL is scheduled from January 1-14, 2017 and Mumbai have a chance to avenge their defeat to Delhi in last year’s final in their lung-opener at home on January 3 at the NSCI Stadium in Worli.
Prannoy, who has slipped down to 29 in the Badminton World Federation rankings after a career-high of 12 last year, will have Indian compatriot Ajay Jayaram and up and coming shuttler Shreyansh Jaiswal as team-mates in men’s singles.

The Mumbai Rockets have Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea, the current world No. 5 who had the measure of India’s highest ranked shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu in the semi-finals of the season-ending Dubai Super Series Finals last week, to bank upon in women’s singles along with Vrushali Gummadi.