New Delhi: India's million-dollar foray into franchised team badminton was hailed as a "game changer" on Sunday even though the event was shunned by the sport's powerhouse China. (IBL will catch up with IPL, says Saina Nehwal)
The Indian Badminton League (IBL) drew an enthusiastic response from fans as six city teams battled for 18 days under innovative rules before Saturday night's final in Mumbai. (Saina, Jayaram help Hyderabad clinch inaugural IBL title)
The league, trumpeted as badminton's richest event, ensured a big pay-packet for players, besides raising the sport's profile in an otherwise cricket-mad country.