Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

A shuttler from Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, Priyanshu, a son of a Rajasthani photocopy business owner, started playing badminton when he was six years of age, following the footsteps of his elder brother Kunal Rajawat. Two years later, his quick feet impressed Pullela Gopichand during an event in Gwalior. In badminton, speed is considered an advantage, but Priyanshu's teacher Gopichand has always advised him to practice patience because he seemed to be in a rush to finish matches. And his performance in Orleans was proof of that.

Priyanshu Rajawat has represented India in several badminton tournaments. He was a part of title winning Thomas Cup squad in 2022.  He recently rose to fame when he won the Orleans Masters tournament in the Men’s singles category. 

The 21-year-old announced his entry in the international circuit as he reached the finals of the Orleans Masters without losing a single match. In each of his previous four matches, Priyanshu, who is currently ranked 58th in the world, displayed faultless attack. He was better able to hold his opponents in longer rallies before going for the kill because of his increased strength and stamina. 

Since 2010, Priyanshu has been a student at Hyderabad's Pullela Gopichand Academy. He modelled his style of play after those of his more experienced classmates, like Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy. 

Here is all you need to know about the badminton star:

Age : 21 years

Date of Birth: February 1, 2002

Hails from: Dhar, Madhya Pradesh

Playing style: Right-handed
Ranking: 60 (Men's Singles)

Records & Achievements: 

Gold medal at the Thomas Cup 2022 held in Bangkok. 

Gold medal at the Orleans Masters in France (2023)