Badminton

Hendra Setiawan told me to keep it simple, says Chirag Shetty

The Indian youngster opened up on how the legend took him through a tense period of their trump match against the Bengaluru Raptors.

By Rahul Venkat ·

One half of India’s brightest new badminton duo, Chirag Shetty, who won the Thailand Open last year along with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, has helped his Premier Badminton League franchise, the Pune 7 Aces rack up three wins in a row and leap to second on the table.

Chirag Shetty has paired up with the legendary Indonesian Hendra Setiawan, currently ranked no. 2 in the world in doubles in all three of his matches so far and playing alongside someone like him helped soothe his nerves, revealed the youngster.

“Partnering with Hendra has been phenomenal, there is a lot to learn from him. His calmness on the court when we were down 11-14 helped me, I was making a lot more mistakes,” admitted Chirag Shetty, referring to their straight games win over Arun George and Rian Agung Saputro of the Bengaluru Raptors a few days back.

“He asked me to play simple and not try any fancy strokes. I did that and we ended up winning that game 15-14.”

Once the tense game was won, the Pune 7 Aces pair dominated the next game to win 15-3 and gave their team a crucial two points by winning the trump match. They did it again a couple of days later against Chirag Shetty’s India teammate, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and B Sumeeth Reddy of the Chennai Superstarz.

What Chirag Shetty learnt from Hendra Setiawan

The Chirag Shetty-Hendra Setiawan partnership is quickly developing into a lethal one just three matches into the Premier Badminton League season and the Indian youngster has benefitted from the experience.

However, he hoped to incorporate one interesting aspect of his partner. “I think Hendra has a lovely netgame and I hope to imbibe that in my game. If he hits 10 strokes, at least five will be aimed at just over the net cord,” he said.

The two have hopes to continue their unbeaten streak and hopefully take the Pune 7 Aces to the top of the Premier Badminton League points table on Saturday when they take on the North Eastern Warriors.