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Indians had an emotional courtride of an Olym­pic silver in badminton through Sindhu’s Rio effort. Someone (along with Saina) who raised the profile of badminton in India, Sindhu—all determinedly pursed lips and steely eyes—certainly deserves a biopic. But who can provide a fair imitation of those springy leaps and staggering lopes? Filmmaker Sonu Sood’s firm choice, for obvious reasons of heredity and interest, is Deepika. Nothing, though, is decided.

Ace badminton player P.V. Sindhu meets Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad.

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Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Hardeep Singh Puri plays badminton at a park during his election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, in Amritsar.

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Gold medallist Victor Axelsen of Denmark with silver medallist of India's Srikanth Kidambi (L) after the final of men’s singles of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian badminton player PV Sindhu plays a shot against Hong Kong's Deng Xuan during the second round of women's singles badminton match at Yonex Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian badminton player Srikanth Kidambi returns a shot to China's Lu Guangzu during the second round of men's singles badminton match at Yonex Sunrise India Open 2019, in New Delhi.

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Indian doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy play against 6th seed Li Wenme, Zheng Yu of China during Yonex Sunrise india Open 2019, at Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi.

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Women’s Day arri­ved at Aero India 2019 in Bangalore when a reigning queen of the badminton court donned a flight overall and hopped into the cockpit of a Tejas aircraft. P.V. Sin­dhu’s sortie with Wing Commander Siddharth Singh ploughed the sky through mano­u­evres and left it scratched white. Not a scratch on her though, going by this breezy wave.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu waves from the cockpit of twin-seater - HAL's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru.

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Badminton player PV Sindhu sits on the back seat as a co-pilot for a sortie in Tejas Aircraft on the 4th day of 12th edition of AERO India 2019, at Yelahanka Air Base, in Bengaluru.

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu at a promotional event in Chennai.

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Purple lace-ups, calf straps, long pins, a little white dress—even Misfit Panda couldn’t make Sindhu unsexy when the badminton ace let her locks down. Talking about tresses, Dangal girl Sanya’s curls are something Romeo would die to curl up with and feel proud. Well, what we mean is who won’t appreciate a gym dress made of upcycled fabric from plastic bottles!

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu walks the ramp showcasing the creation by designer Misfit Panda at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) Summer Resort 2019, in Mumbai.

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India's Saina Nehwal poses with the gold medal after winning against Spain's Carolina Marin during the final round of the women's single match of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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India's Saina Nehwal returns a shot to Spain's Carolina Marin during the final round of the women's single match the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament at Istora Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Carolina Marin of Spain returns a shot to Saina Nehwal of India during the women's singles semifinal of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Saina Nehwal of India returns a shot to Carolina Marin of Spain during the women's singles semifinal of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Nozomi Okuhara of Japan returns a shot to Sauna Nehwal of India during the women's singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Sauna Nehwal of India returns a shot to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan during the women's singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Indian Badminton players PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponnappa, British players (in yellow) Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock during a meet-and-greet on the sidelines of Premier Badminton League, in Bengaluru.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP MPs Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Anurag Thakur during the 3rd MPs Badminton Tournament inauguration, at Constitution Club in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Shri on Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth during the Padma Awards 2018 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and other players show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Coath Gopichand is also seen.

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Badminton player Saina Nehwal at the wedding reception of comedian Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath in Mumbai.

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Pune 7 Aces player Carolina Marine in action during the Premier Badminton League match, in Mumbai.

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Hyderabad Hunters player PV Sindhu in action during the Premier Badminton League match, in Mumbai.

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Shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Carolina Marin, A Ponappa, Srikanth Kidambi and other team captains pose for photos with the Season 4 trophy of Premier Badminton League (PBL), in Mumbai.

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Newly-wed Badminton players Saina Nehwal and P Kashyap pose for photos at the wedding reception of Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, in Mumbai.

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There we go again...this curious wedding phenomenon whereby comely people look stunningly gorgeous on their special night. Would you put it down to Saina’s elegant lehenga and exquisite jewellery and Parupalli Kash­yap’s colour-matched sherwani? Nope, it’s just the sense of occasion, something they excel at.

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Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pose for photos during their wedding reception in Hyderabad.

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Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap pose for photos during their wedding reception in Hyderabad.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India holds the winner's trophy after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India reacts while competing against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton singles final at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong province.

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Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap stand for photographs at their wedding in Hyderabad.

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Ace India shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap stand for photographs at their wedding in Hyderabad.

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Sania was the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam when she clinched the junior Wimbledon doubles title in 2003. She became the first Indian to enter the third round of a Slam (Australian Open, 2005) and made it to the fourth round of the US Open in 2005.

After Prakash Padukone there was none. Till, in 2001, Pullela Gopichand won the All-Eng­land Cha­­m­­pion­­ships and triggered a racquet ren­aiss­ance. He now tends to the reawakening at his academy in Hyderabad—a one-­man shaper of Indian might in badminton.

The lanky Hyderabadi bec­ame the first Indian woman to win the badminton silver at Rio 2016. Thus, Sindhu did one better than Saina, bronze-winner at 2012. Sindhu went on to win gold in the mixed team event at the 2018 CWG.

The badminton trailblazer became the first Indian woman to win a prestigious BWF Super Series event, as she triumphed at the 2009 Indonesia Open in Jakarta, defeating higher ranked Chinese Lin Wang. Later, she won bronze at the 2012 Olympics and Com­mo­n­wealth Games gold in 2010 and 2018.

Saina Nehwal of India in action against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, during the Women's Singles Final match aof the Denmark Open badminton championship, in Odense, Denmark.

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It’s that curious phenomenon again—an unremarkably attractive couple transformed (or are we delusional with indulgence?), outwardly, by romance and a fixed marriage date. P. Kashyap is in a simple checked shirt; Saina in a black dress; they look like a trillion rupees. Cheers to our champions.

Same height...same build...you’ve got to admit this casting catch: Shraddha Kapoor is the best bet Bollywood can place on impersonating Saina Nehwal. But playing a champ of this calibre means early morning workouts, and racqueting and rattling on the courts. Good thing that Shraddha loves the game and dials Saina often for tips.

Indian shuttlers at Asian Games Silver medallist PV Sindhu and Bronze medallist Saina Nehwal pose for a photo after a press conference, in Hyderabad.

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India's Pusarla V Sindhu plays against Chinese (TPE) player Tai Tzu Ying in the women's singles badminton final match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Women's singles badminton silver medalist Pusarla V Sindhu poses for a photograph during the medal ceremony of the event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Women's singles badminton silver medalist Pusarla V Sindhu and bronze medalist Saina Nehwal pose for a photograph after the medal ceremony of the event at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei during their women's singles semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu exults after winning the women's singles 2nd semifinal match against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action against Thailand's R Intanon during women's singles quarterfinal badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu in action against Thailand's N Jindapol during women's singles quarterfinal badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian shuttler PV Sindhu in action against Thailand's N Jindapol during women's singles quarterfinal badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Sindhu Pusarla returns a shot to Indonesia's Gregoria Tunjung during their women's single badminton match at 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Saina Nehwal reacts after winning a point against Indonesia's F Fitriani during women's singles round badminton match at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.

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India's Srikanth Kidambi returns a shot to Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent during their men's single badminton match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian batminton players Satvik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in action in the men's doubles match against Hong Kong during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, in Indonesia.

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Indian batminton players Ashwini Ponnappa and Nelakurihi Sikki Reddy celebrate a point in the women's doubles match against Hong Kong during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, in Indonesia.

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Indian batminton players Ashwini Ponnappa and PV Sindhu play a shot against Japan in the women's doubles match during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, in Indonesia.

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Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal in action at Women's Team quarterfinals event during the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, in Indonesia.

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Indian badminton players pose for a group photograph during a send-off ceremony for the upcoming Asian Games 2018 to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, in Hyderabad.

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Saina Nehwal of India in actioin against Tzu Ying Tai of Chainese Taipei in the Women's Singels match during day three of the BWF Dubai World Superseries.

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Pullela Gopichand won the All-England Open in 2001. He runs the Gopichand Badminton Academy

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Indian badminton player P V Sindhu poses with her silver medal which she won at BWF World Championships, during a press conference at Gopichand Badminton Academy, in Hyderabad.

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Indian badminton player P V Sindhu with her parents pose with her silver medal which she won at BWF World Championships, during a press conference at Gopichand Badminton Academy, in Hyderabad.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India embraces Carolina Marin of Spain after their women's badminton championship match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India reacts while competing against Carolina Marin of Spain in their women's badminton championship match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Pusarla V. Sindhu of India reacts while competing against Carolina Marin of Spain in their women's badminton championship match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Carolina Marin of Spain reacts while competing against Pusarla V. Sindhu of India in their women's badminton championship match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Pursarla V. Sindhu of India reacts after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in their women's badminton quarterfinal match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Nozomi Okuhara of Japan plays a shot as she competes against Pursarla V. Sindhu of India in their women's badminton quarterfinal match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Carolina Marin of Spain reacts as she competes against Saina Nehwal of India in their women's badminton singles quarterfinal match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot against Carolina Marin of Spain in their women's badminton singles quarterfinal match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Carolina Marin of Spain plays a shot while competing against Sayaka Sato of Japan during their women's badminton singles match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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Saina Nehwal of India plays a shot against Aliye Demirbag of Turkey during their women's badminton singles match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China.

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India's Kidambi Srikanth return a shot from Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen during their first round match at the Malaysia Open Badminton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and badminton coach Pullela Gopichand during the opening of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav in Nagpur.

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President Ram Nath Kovind greets Commonwealth Games 2018 gold and silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind greets Commonwealth Games 2018 gold and silver medallist shuttler PV Sindhu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind greets Commonwealth Games 2018 silver medallist shuttler Srikanth Kidambi at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

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Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal walks the ramp along with the models at a fashion show in Hyderabad.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and other players show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad. Coath Gopichand is also seen.

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Shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth show their Commonwealth medals at a press conference in Hyderabad.

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Silver medalists Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India during the medal ceremony for women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Bronze medalists N. Sikky Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa of India celebrate during the medal ceremony for women's doubles badminton at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore with gold medalist Saina Nehwal, silver medalist PV Sindhu and coach P Gopichand during the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Women's singles badminton gold medalist Saina Nehwal with her father during the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Women's singles gold medalist Saina Nehwal and silver medalist PV Sindhu pose for photographs during the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

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India's H S Prannoy and Australia's Anthony Joe during the badminton men's singles round of 16 match at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's P V Sindhu returns to Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen during the Badminton women’s singles round of 16 match at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Srikanth returns to Aatish Lubah of Mauritius during Badminton men's singles first round match at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

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Indian supporters hold the tricolour as they cheer for team Indian playing against Malaysia in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India badminton players hold tricolour as they celebrate India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Srikanth Kidambi plays against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei during the men's singles mixed-badminton team final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Saina Nehwal plays a shot against Malaysia's Sonia Cheah Su Ya during the women's singles mixed-badminton team final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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Indian badminton team hold tricolour during medal ceremony after India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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Indian badminton team poses for a photograph holding a tricolour during the medal ceremony after India's win in mixed-team badminton event final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Saina Nehwal and teammates celebrate after winning a gold medal in mixed-team badminton final event against Malaysia at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Srikanth Kidambi plays a shot against Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei during the men's singles mixed-badminton team final at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy play a shot against Malaysia's Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon during the Mixed-team doubles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy celebrate after getting a point against Malaysia's Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon during the Mixed-team doubles badminton final at the Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

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