Shuttler Sourabh Varma’s Moment Under the Sun
Sourabh Verma. (Picture Credit: Getty Images)
New Delhi: Sourabh Varma, a small town shuttler, has suddenly become a big time star for Madhya Pradesh.
Sourabh has hit the headlines by winning the Chinese Taipei Open Badminton Grand Prix tournament.
The 23-year old hails from the small town of Dhar, around 260 kilometres away from state capital Bhopal.
Sourabh is yet another product of national badminton coach P Gopichand’s badminton academy, which produced the likes of Rio Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu and Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal in the past.
A Sports Authority of India (SAI) product from Dhar, Sourabh rose to prominence in 2011 by becoming the national badminton champion at the age of 19.
Sourabh who spent his formative years at SAI centre Dhar with some promising junior players, won his first international tournament in Bahrain and in the same year finished runner-up at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold after losing to none other than Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.
He won back-to-back international titles in 2013 and 2014. He won the Tata International Challenge 2013 and also clinched the Iran Fajr International Challenge 2014 and Australian International Challenge 2014.
Sourabh is not the only shuttler from the state of Madhya Pradesh who has brought laurels for the country. His younger brother Sameer too is a top level player.
The brothers were inspired by their father for taking up the sport at a young age.
Sourabh had taken up badminton as his father once took him to a local sports club for a evening stroll and he came through the ranks in the subsequent years, finally landing at P Gopichand’s academy.
(The story is reported by Pradesh18's Vivek Trivedi)