Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], December 16 (ANI): Indian shuttler Subhankar Dey, who rose to prominence after defeating Lin Dan within the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship in 2018, has revealed that he used to sleep subsequent to the poster of the two-time Olympic gold medalist. The Indian shuttler additionally revealed he used to repeat Lin Dan and at all times dreamt of enjoying against him.
“When I was small, my sister made a big poster for me of Lin Dan and I used to sleep next to it. And I used to think that one day I will play against him,” Subhankar mentioned on Sports Tiger’s present ‘Building Bridge’.
“I never thought of defeating him that time since I was very small. It was always a dream for me. I wanted to see Lin Dan, play like him and copy him when I was in Kolkata,” he added.
Subhankar additionally mentioned he did not rejoice his victory in SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship in 2018 and simply shook palms as a mark of respect for his idol.
The 27-year-old shuttler first rose to nationwide prominence when he defeated B. Sai Praneeth within the quarterfinals of the senior badminton nationals held in Nagpur in 2017 and the win against Lin Dan in 2018 ensured he grabbed nationwide headlines.
Going down reminiscence lane, Subhankar additionally spoke about his early days in Kolkata and the way his elder brother and sister impressed him to take up the game. He moved to Mumbai with simply Rs 500 and phrases that because the turning level of his profession.
“I feel my turning point was when I came to Mumbai. I started performing well after moving there on India level. Initially there weren’t any sponsors but I became India No.6 and became part of Asian Championship U-19, that time I got a scholarship from Hindustan petroleum of Rs 12k. That was the first scholarship I got and it was a huge amount for me at that time,” mentioned Subhankar.
Life has come a full circle for this champion shuttler who was as soon as rejected by Hyderabad Academy and considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to get the chance to play for a European membership.
Subhankar, who was coaching in Bangalore underneath Tom John earlier than his transfer to Europe was pleased there however needed to make the transfer due to the excessive charges and his want to play in additional worldwide tournaments.
Almost 20 key tournaments are performed in Europe yearly and that was one other issue that influenced his transfer.
He spoke about his European journey and talked about, “I mailed almost 30 clubs all over Europe and I got a reply from Denmark. And then I said, fine. It was small money but I thought, this is the opportunity, maybe I will go there and at least I will learn a lot of things and see how it is going. That’s how I went to Denmark.”On his future plans, Subhankar clearly mentioned that he needs to waft and break into the Top 20 subsequent yr. (ANI)