After playing the last three World badminton championships, it must have been shattering for M.R. Arjun when his men’s doubles partner Shlok Ramchandran told him last year that he did not feel like continuing the sport.

The two had reached a World ranking high of 32 in 2018 but frequently kept slipping when they approached the 40th rung after that. So Arjun could understand his partner’s decision.

The 23-year-old from Kochi now has Ludhiana’s 20-year-old Dhruv Kapila as his new partner – an arrangement made by Indonesian Flandy Limpele who was the Indian doubles coach till March this year – and they have played five international tournaments together and have produced some fireworks too.

At the Asian Team Championships in Manila in February, the young pair came close to shocking Indonesia’s three-time World champions Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, the World No. 2, in the…

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