Badminton player Shri Nandu Natekar

Badminton player Shri Nandu Natekar

Q. Recently the famous player Nandu Natekar passed away. He was related to which sport?
a) Cricket
b) Football
c) Badminton
d) None of these

Ans : c

  • On 28, 2021 Nandu Natekar, one of the superstars in Indian badminton history, passed away in Pune due to prolonged illness.
  • He was 88.
  • In the 1950s and 1960s, Natekar was a household name all over India, thanks to his exploits on the court across the globe.
  • The first Indian shuttler to win a tournament overseas — the Selangor International crown in Kuala Lumpur in 1956.
  • Natekar was among the first batch of the Arjuna Award recipients in 1961 when the awards were introduced.
  • His international achievements included making it to the All England Championship quarterfinals in 1954 and representing India in the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in 1966.
  • He bagged six singles, six doubles and five mixed doubles National titles during his glorious career.
  • His footwork was often compared to that of a ballet dancer while his deceptive wrist-work left his opponents and connoisseurs spellbound.
  • Interestingly, it was another racquet sport — tennis — that was his first love.
  • He excelled in tennis as much as badminton, losing to the legendary Ramanathan Krishnan in the 1951 National junior championship final.