“The only bad thing about Indian Badminton League (IBL) is that players across the globe will be aware of our weaknesses now,” said Tan Boon Heong, the 25-year-old doubles specialist from Malaysia.
Heong and his partner Koo Kien Keat form one of the world’s top doubles teams and are representing Krrish Delhi Smashers in the league.
Their game may have hit rough waters in the last couple of years — they have been losing to the Koreans on a regular basis, most recently at the world championships — but the lads still remain a hot property in the IBL. When asked about the crowd support, Heong said, “The spectators are fantastic. I feel at home here.
There are so many local players. It is about mutual exchange. The IBL has created a platform which will only do good to the game.
We are learning a lot from them and vice versa,” he added.
Keat, 27, is absolutely amazed. He never thought he would see so many players under the same roof. The only problem he said is the weather. “It is very hot out here.”
But the blokes seemed to be enjoying the electrifying ambience at the venue. “I’ve no complaints with the proceedings during the match, the music adds to the excitement and pumps us up.”
On Jwala Gutta, the icon player of his team, Heong revealed how the doubles champion makes a difference in the dugout. “She is a veteran and we communicate really well. She adds life to the team.”
The pair added how IBL stands out from the China League. “In China, we play against domestic players mostly. Having different teammates from various cultures makes IBL all the more interesting.”
Heong concluded stating how important it is to trust your partner in order to improve your game.
“If you hang out with each other often, you can judge your partner’s moves on the court.”