Parupalli Kashyap Biography: Parupalli Kashyap is an Indian ace shuttler who created history by reaching the quarterfinals of men’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics. He is an Arjuna Award recipient, courtesy his performance at the 2012 London Olympics. A world-class badminton player, Parupalli Kashyap has represented India at many international badminton events.
Father- Uday Shankar
Mother- Subhadra Kashyap
Parupalli Kashyap was born on 8th September 1986 in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. He was born to Uday Shankar and Subhadra Kashyap and had a small family. His father had a transferable job because of which the family had to change places frequently. He started playing Badminton from 1997 that too out of delight and fun. He was just 11 years old when he started playing badminton in a summer camp. But soon his favourite game turned into his passion as he started taking the sport seriously. He got the holding hand of Syed Mohammad Arif who trained him in his early days in his childhood when the family was in Hyderabad. His family then got transferred to Bangalore in 2004 where he joined Padukone Academy which was owned by legendary Prakash Padukone. In the same year, he was diagnosed with Asthma and had to return back to Hyderabad. He didn’t lose hope and continued his training. His father got him enrolled in Pullela Gopichand Academy. He used to train there and as time passed, his health began to improve. But to surprise, it never left his side as he used to fall sick almost all the time. He had to carry Inhalers and breathalyzers in his kit before leaving for training.
Spouse- Saina Nehwal (Wife)
The eighth most desirable man of 2014 in Hyderabad Times, Parupalli Kashyap always made into the headlines whenever he came in front of the camera. He is very close to his family especially after her sister committed suicide in a tragic incident. On 14 December he tied the knots with his fellow badminton player Saina Nehwal in a private ceremony.
Coach- Pullela Gopichand
Playing Style- Right Handed
Favorite Shot – Smash shots
Career Best Ranking- 6th as of 25th April 2013
Parupalli Kashyap rose to limelight when he won a Gold medal in the Boys Singles event of the 2005 National Junior Open Badminton Championship. In 2006 he again made it into the news when he reached the semi-finals of the Bitburger Open. It was his first-ever International win when he defeated Przemysław Wacha of Poland. In the same year, he won the 33rd National Games where he defeated Chetan Anand and won the Gold Medal. Training under Pullela Gopichand helped him a lot. From 2006 onwards he started appearing in International tournaments. Between 2006–07, Kashyap won a few national tournaments as well. In 2009 he went into the semi-finals of the Dutch Open and the 2009 Senior National Badminton Championships. He was the runners-up at the Thailand International, Spanish Open and Toulouse Open. He was the semi-finalist at the 2009 Singapore Super Series.
In the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he reached the semifinals stage but lost to Rajiv Ouseph of England and had to settle with bronze medal against Chetan Anand. He also won a silver medal in the team event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He also reached the semi-finals at the 2010 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold. He repeated a similar performance later on in the 2010 India Grand Prix as well. In the next year, he lost out to Arvind Bhat in the finals of the 75th Senior National Badminton Championship held at Rohtak in 2011.
His career turning point came in the 2012 Summer Olympics where he shocked everyone by winning all the matches. he reached the quarter-finals as he created history by becoming the only Indian to reach the Quarterfinal stages in the Olympics in Men’s Singles. Post-2012 he got a hinge in his career as he incurred injuries regularly that caused problems in his career. He won the Gold Medal at the 2012 Sir Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold. His second international Gold Medal came at the 2014 Glasgow Asian Games where he showed his best skills. In 2015, he won the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship which was one of his remarkable achievements. He had high hopes for the 2016 Olympic games where he desired to win a medal for his country. But he suffered a huge blow as he got injured and he had to undergo knee surgery in 2016. His Olympic Dreams were shattered as he couldn’t participate in the event. His latest medal came in 2018 after three years when he won the Austrian Open International Challenge by defeating Malaysia’s June Wei Cheam in the men’s singles final.
Date of Birth- 8 September 1986
Age (as of 2019)- 33 years old
Birthplace- Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign- Virgo
Hometown- Hyderabad, Telangana, India
School- Not Known
College- Not known
Event- Singles, Doubles, and Mixed category
Marital Status- Married
Net worth- $2-3 Million (Estimated)
Qualification- Bachelors of Commerce (Graduated)
Ethnicity- Not Known
Sexual Orientation- Straight
Relationship/Affairs- Saina Nehwal (Spouse)
Favourite Habit- Non-vegetarian
Favourite Food- Italian
Favourite Actors- Shahrukh Khan & Deepika Padukone
Favourite Cricketer- Sachin Tendulkar
Hobbies- Singing, Spending Time with family and loves to play various musical instruments
Favourite Music Artists- Calvin Harris, Linkin Park, Rihanna, Metallica, Eminem, Nirvana, Sukhwinder Singh, Sonu Nigam, SP Balasubramaniam
Tattoo – NO
Height- 173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight (approx.) – 154 lbs (70 kg)
Eye Color- Dark Brown
Hair Color- Black
Chest- 40 inches
Waist- 32 inches
Biceps- 13 inches
Shoe Size- 9 (US)
- He is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest a not-for-profit foundation supporting Indian athletes.
- He married fellow badminton player, Saina Nehwal in a private ceremony on 14 December 2018.
- He bagged the Popular Choice title at the Times of India Sports in 2015
- He was awarded Arjuna Award in 2012 by the Government of India.
- Kashyap was the Icon Player for the Indian Badminton League team, Banga Beats in 2013 edition.
- He was the eighth-most desirable person of 2014 in Hyderabad Times.
- $2.5 million(US$35,000) cash award by the Badminton Association of India.
- $5 million(US$70,000) cash award by Telangana government.
Apart from the cash prizes, his net worth his not revealed.
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