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21 Interesting Facts About Badminton Game

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1. The fastest racquet sport in the world is badminton, with shuttlecock speeds reaching more than 200 miles per hour. 

2. Badminton requires a player to have strength, endurance, agility, muscle power, quick reflexes, and speed endurance.

3. Feathers from the left wing of the goose make the best shuttlecocks. 16 feathers are used to make the shuttlecock and it weighs between 4.74 and 5.5 grams.

4. The first official badminton club was The Bath Badminton Club, established in 1877.

5. Badminton was introduced in the United States in the late 19th century andbecame a popular sport in the 1930s.

6. Badminton was originally not called badminton. It went by the name Shuttlecock and Battledore. It was eventually named badminton after the Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England.

7. The most popular sport in the world is soccer, and the second most popular sport in the world is badminton.

8. Badminton was first played as a sport in the Olympics in 1992. More than 1.1 billion watched its Olympic debut on television.

9. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 Americans play badminton approximately 25 times each year or more.

10. The world's largest shuttlecock is 18 feet tall and weighs 2,500kg. It is located on the Kansas City Museum's lawn and is 48 times larger than a real shuttlecock.

11. 70% of all Badminton World Federation events are won by competitors from Indonesia and China.

12. The longest match was 124 minutes and was played between Sun Jun from China and Peter Rasmussen from Denmark.

13. The shortest badminton match only lasted for six minutes.

14. Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics.

15. During the game the players are not allowed to let the racquet touch the net.

16. Kim Dong Moon, a Korean player, won two world badminton championships in 1999. He won both doubles and mixed doubles. In 2003 he was honored as the 'Best Player of the Year' award.

17. Legal serving during the game of badminton is from anywhere below the waist.

18. Only three countries have ever won the Thomas Cup since the competition was established in 1848. The three countries include China, Indonesia and Malaysia.

19. There are over 150 member nations that belong to the International Badminton Federation.

20. Badminton racquets weight between 70 and 95 grams, without including the weight of the strings or grip.

21. Badminton games can be played as singles, doubles, or mixed doubles.

posted Sep 28, 2016 by Niharika Singh

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5. Struggles in life

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6. Education

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7. Jack of all trades

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8. Nickname

Hardik Pandya has an exceptionally cool epithet in the Mumbai Indians changing areas. He is called "Rockstar" by his colleagues.

9. A leg spinner

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3. First earning through cricket

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4. Batting with his father in a club game

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5. Mentored by Ian Young

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6. Giving up school and Football

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He carries postcards with his own-signature on them and gives them to his fans.

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2. Cricket calling

Zaheer was a tremendous ability. Awed by his aptitudes, his dad took him to Mumbai when he was 17. A true and restrained Zaheer played each competition that occurred at National Cricket Club for the initial two seasons. A seven-wicket pull in a last against Shivaji Park Gymkhana shot him to popularity in Mumbai's cricket circles and soon he got into the Under-19 sides of Mumbai and West Zone in 1998-99. It was trailed by a stretch at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, where Dennis Lillee, the mentor, forecasted that he would bowl for India.

3. First-Class debut

Zaheer made his First-Class debut in the 1999-2000 domestic season for Baroda, as he couldn't make it to the Mumbai squad. In his debut season, he was the third best quick bowler, and best left-arm seamer, behind Ashish Zaidi and Sadagoppan Mahesh. Playing in eight matches, Zaheer grabbed 35 wickets at a normal of 29.25, with best figures of 5-43 in an innings.

4. Baroda’s Ranji triumph

Zaheer made rapid strides playing for Baroda. In the Ranji Trophy last 2000-01 against Railways, Zaheer's eight wickets, including a moment innings fifer, helped Baroda win by a restricted edge of 21 runs. He was declared as the Man of the Match for his execution. His universal presentation, nonetheless, had occurred at this point. Post 2006, he began speaking to Mumbai in domestic cricket.

5. International debut

His domestic heroics soon observed him playing for India. He was picked up to play the ICC Knock-Out Trophy in Nairobi in 2000 and had a quick effect. He took three wickets on his presentation against Kenya and in just his second diversion — which was the quarter-last against the then world champs Australia — Zaheer rejected Adam Gilchrist and Captain Steve Waugh and helped India script a well known win. By chance, it was additionally Zaheer's 22nd birthday. He had reported his entry in style. His Test make a big appearance came later in the year against Bangladesh, where he picked up three wickets in the match.

6. ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

Zaheer, along with Javagal Srinath and Ashish Nehra, was instrumental in India's fantasy rush to the last of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. Nonetheless, an apprehensive Zaheer gave an awful begin to the last, surrendering 15 keeps running in the first over against Australia. India never recuperated and lost with a colossal edge. With 18 wickets from 11 matches, he completed the competition as the fourth most noteworthy wicket-taker at an amazing normal of 20.77 runs for each wicket.

7. India’s pace spearhead

Post Srinath's retirement, Zaheer turned into India's pace lead and drove the rocking the bowling alley assault at whatever point he played. In 2005, the development of Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Rudra Pratap Singh, add to it visit wounds, implied Zaheer was in and out of the side. Things turned out to be more awful when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) downgraded Zaheer from a B-review to a C-review contract toward the finish of the year.

8. Zaheer the batsman

Zaheer was a decent batsman in the early part of his career. In just his twelfth ODI, he broadly smacked Henry Olonga for four back to back sixes on the last four bundles of the innings. In a Test against Bangladesh in 2004, he scored 75 batting at No. 11, the then record most elevated Test score by a batsman at that position, which has along these lines been broken by West Indies' Tino Best and Australia's Ashton Agar. In similar innings, he was included in the record tenth-wicket organization alongside Sachin Tendulkar, which delivered 133 runs. This record is yet to be broken.

9. Zak-attack

Zaheer is fondly called as Zak by his team-mates. His career-changing time with the English County side Worcestershire earned him the nick-name of “Zippy Zakky”.

10. Inspiration

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4. In 1950 FIFA World Cup, Indian Team Qualified . Yet, Couldnt Play As AIFF Claimed That They Couldnt Afford The Traveling And Other Costs Initially . AIFF's Second Reason as said without anyone else's input was FIFA's forcing of a run which restricted shoeless play taking after 1948 Olympics where India had played unshod.

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6. The period from 1951 to 1962 is viewed as the brilliant time in Indian football. Under the tutelage of incredible Syed Abdul Rahim, India turned into the best group in Asia.

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8. At the 1956 Olympics they completed fourth, which is viewed as one of the finest accomplishments in Indian football.

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