A dad was so drawn in by a brand of badminton showed by one part in Thiruvananthapuram (then, at that point Trivandrum) in the mid 1960s that he organized an open air badminton office outside his home in the wake of seeing the expert play. The observer’s child proceeded to play for India at the 1992 Olympics and uncovered numerous worldwide badminton players as a mentor.
We are discussing Nandu Natekar and Vimal Kumar individually.
Vimal Kumar, who heads the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy currently, told TOI: “You can see my association began with badminton due to Natekar. My father was so dazzled in the wake of seeing him play.”
Natekar died, matured 88, at this home within the sight of his child, two little girls, six grandkids and other relatives in Pune Wednesday morning. Natekar’s style — with misdirection and strokeplay being the trademarks — hypnotized many including Eddy Choong of Malaysia, a different All England champion in the two singles and copies during the 1950s.
Vimal said, “I recollect Choong revealing to me when I was preparing in London that Natekar was an extraordinary player. The Malaysian was an assaulting player yet Natekar made him go around the court a great deal before Choong sorted out the best approach to pass the precarious test.”
At the point when Prakash Padukone won the All England in 1980, it was a climax of work began by Natekar and Dinesh Khanna. Natekar arrived at the All England quarterfinals in 1954 and Khanna the semis in 1966.
Doordarshan had as of late transferred (on YouTube) a meeting of Padukone taken by Natekar on get back from the All England win. One can see profound regard for Natekar in the idiosyncrasies of Padukone as they talk.
Previous India left-arm spinner Bapu Nadkarni, who additionally played against Natekar, had said, “His significance lied in beating major parts in their own solidarity. The overall inclination is to assault an opponent’s shortcoming. Yet, Natekar permitted adversaries to take advantage of their natural abilities and still crushed them. It used to complete his opponents mentally.”
Natekar’s strategic nous was additionally underlined by Vimal’s assertion.
“At the point when he saw Saina Nehwal train under me, he called attention to that more varieties in her game at the net are required. Also, he exhorted seriously assaulting play from the rear of the court for her. His ideas were important.”
The overflowing of adoration and regard for Natekar, on the web and past after the information on his dying, has been overpowering for his child Gaurav, a various public tennis champion.
“Throughout the previous 30 years or thereabouts, he was not in the public eye. In any case, individuals recollect him. Plainly, he was forward thinking,” said Gaurav.
“He let me act naturally. He permitted me to pick tennis rather than badminton since I loved playing outside. His transparency implied there was no pressing factor at home, along these lines forestalling mental issues that the present games people face.”
Brought into the world in Sangli, Natekar got the debut Arjuna grant in 1961 alongside Wilson Jones (billiards), Milkha Singh (sports), Ramanathan Krishnan (tennis) and others.