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Commuter Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian becomes world No. 1 in boys’ singles

India’s rising badminton star, 18-year-old Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian, has become the country’s fifth to reach world number one among juniors. This is the first time the Indians have ruled the boys’ and girls’ singles events, with Tasnim Mir continuing to dominate the standings.

Prior to this feat by Sankar and Mir, India had four other commuters who had reached the top of the badminton rankings, on the junior circuit. The first to do so was Aditya Sharma who became world number 1 in 2014, followed by Siril Verma in 2016. Current CWG champion Lakshya Sen topped the rankings in 2017, while Tasnim and Sankar reached the feat in 2022.

Tamil Nadu’s next commuter has been a force to be reckoned with on the junior circuit and will also be seen at the upcoming World Junior Badminton Championships in October after recently finishing second at the BAI Junior National Trials. Sankar’s coming to the fore means great news for Team India, especially after Team India won their first Thomas Cup a few months ago.

The Junior World Championship is set to start in October 2022, where traditionally, Indian commuters are a dominant force and bring home plenty of medals.

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