HS Prannoy’s career in numbers: Records, stats, and titles

Ashwathy RajendranAshwathy Rajendran

May 30 2023
HS Prannoy

The experienced shuttler won his maiden BWF Tour title by clinching the Malaysia Masters.

HS Prannoy’s badminton journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. From his early days as a promising young talent to becoming a formidable force on the international stage, he has become a shining star in the men’s singles category of Indian badminton. At the age of 30, Prannoy , hailing from Kerala has reached his highest career ranking of seventh which he achieved in May 2023. Following in the footsteps of many renowned badminton stars, Prannoy received coaching from Pullela Gopichand.

Armed with invaluable experience gained from junior and national-level achievements, Prannoy announced his arrival on the international badminton circuit with a brilliant performance and securing the Silver medal at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore. On Sunday (May 28th, 2023), HS Prannoy emerged victorious in the men’s singles category at the Malaysia Masters 2023, securing the coveted crown and winning his maiden BWF World Tour title, adding another significant milestone to his career.

For the 2018 PBL season, Prannoy’s talents were sought after by the Ahmedabad Smash Masters who made a jaw-dropping bid of Rs. 62 Lakh to secure the services of Prannoy, making him one of the highest-paid players in the Premier Badminton League (PBL). This remarkable acquisition raised eyebrows, as even foreign participants in the league had not commanded such a significant sum.

Prannoy has overcome a series of injuries and inconsistencies that plagued his career but has accomplished what few Indians have achieved, defeating all the top-ranked players in the world (Prannoy is the only Indian to defeat both Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei).

He has also been crucial player in the team events. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia, Prannoy contributed to the success of the Indian team by winning the Gold medal in the Mixed Team event. The 2022 season began with an extraordinary Thomas Cup win, where he showcased his exceptional skills and resilience in must-win matches during the quarterfinals and semifinals, ultimately leading India to the final.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the sport, Prannoy was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award, a testament to his dedication and hard work. Adding to his accolades, Prannoy achieved a remarkable feat by becoming the only Indian player to participate in the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals.

HS Prannoy’s Achievements in the Men’s Singles event –

  • South Asian Games: 2016 Shillong, India – Silver
  • Youth Olympic Games: 2010 Singapore – Silver
  • BWF World Junior Championships: 2010 Guadalajara, Mexico – Bronze
  • BWF World Tour:
    • 2022 Swiss Open (Super 300) – Runner-up (silver)
    • 2023 Malaysia Masters (Super 500) – Winner (gold)
    • 2023 Australian Open (Super 500) – Runner-up (silver)
    • Qualified for World Tour Finals for the first time in 2022
  • BWF Grand Prix:
    • 2014 Vietnam Open – Runner-up (silver)
    • 2014 Indonesian Masters – Winner (gold)
    • 2016 Swiss Open – Winner (gold)
    • 2017 U.S. Open – Winner (gold)

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  • BWF International Challenge/Series:
    • 2011 Bahrain International – Runner-up (silver)
    • 2013 Tata Open India International – Runner-up (silver)
    • 2014 Tata Open India International – Winner (gold)

HS Prannoy’s Achievements in the team events:

  • Thomas Cup: 2022 Bangkok – Gold medal (Men’s team)
  • Commonwealth Games: 2018 Gold Coast – Gold medal (Mixed team)
  • Asia Team Championships: 2016 Hyderabad – Bronze medal ( Men’s team)
  • Asia Team Championships: 2020 Manila – Bronze medal ( Men’s team)
  • Asia Mixed Team Championships: 2023 Dubai – Bronze medal ( Mixed team )
  • South Asian Games:2016 Guwahati – Shillong – Gold medal (Men’s team)

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