Written by Nitin Sharma
| Chandigarh |
Published:November 16, 2017 12:48 am


Edwin Iriawan returned home in 2014 after a four-year stint as doubles coach of the national team. (Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

As the Assam pair of Surajbhan Buragohain and Rajshekhar Das faced their opponents Prakhar Banchhor and Gandhar Nawale in the boys’ U-17 doubles qualification round in the 26th Smt. Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Ranking and Prize Money Badminton Tournament at Panjab University, a coach would keep an eagle’s eye on the pair. “Attack and understand your game,” the coach would say to the youngsters even though the pair lost the match.

Understanding is crucial to the paired event in badminton, and learning to think as a combine almost non-existent in India, obsessed and content with its singles successes. The 39-year-old coach would then shift his focus to other doubles matches…

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