CHENNAI: The status of the Indian economy has been under the scanner in the last few months with the falling GDP being the talk of the town. The situation notwithstanding, teams went all out with their moolah for the shuttlers at the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 3 auctions that were held here on Monday.

India’s top guns PV Sindhu (Rs 48.75 lakh, Chennai Smashers), Saina Nehwal (Rs 41.25 lakh, Awadhe Warriors) and Kidambi Srikanth (Rs 56.1 lakh, Awadhe Warriors) were retained by their respective teams, while there were a few surprises.

One of the two new teams, Ahmedabad Smash Masters, began the auction by grabbing the world’s number one women’s singles player Tai Tzu Ying for Rs 52 lakh, who will be making a debut in the tournament. The Smash Masters also netted India’s fast-improving men’s singles player HS Prannoy, making him this auctions’ most expensive player (Rs 62 lakh).

Express contacted the Smash Masters’ owner Ashish Shah to learn if their recruitment targets had been achieved.

“From the start we knew that we wanted Prannoy. That strategy was to get him. Same with Ying,” Shah said.



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