Saina Nehwal says Indian Badminton League will catch up with IPL, predicts tougher tournament in 2014

On beating PV Sindhu twice in the Indian Badminton League, Saina Nehwal, who was named the player of the tournament, sounded confident but was all praise for the youngster.

updated: September 01, 2013 12:50 IST
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Mumbai: Elated after an unbeaten run that helped Hyderabad Hotshots lift the inaugural Indian Badminton League trophy, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal said she expects the USD one million event to become as big as cricket's IPL in the coming years. (Saina, Jayaram help Hyderabad clinch inaugural IBL title)

"Nobody expected it would be so successful because everyone was comparing it with the IPL, which is actually not right at this point of time...and we are trying to make it big but first time of course it is not so easy. I am sure in the coming years, it will catch up with IPL," she said. (Match in pics and as it happened)

The Hyderabad Hotshots, led by Saina, clinched the trophy last night by defeating Awadhe Warriors 3-1.

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