Commonwealth Games 2022 badminton, live streaming: India field strong team, PV Sindhu eyes maiden gold - full schedule

India’s highest-ranked men’s badminton player Lakshya Sen will be making his Commonwealth Games debut. Watch live!

By Ali Asgar Nalwala
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Ace shuttlers PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth will spearhead India’s badminton challenge at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK, starting Thursday.

The badminton events will kick off on Friday at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center with the mixed team competition.

India, the defending champions in the mixed team event, are in Group A with Australia, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. 

Hosts England are in Group B while powerhouses Malaysia are in Group D. A total of 16 teams are participating in the mixed team event with the top two teams from each group making the knockouts. Watch live streaming of CWG badminton events.

The singles and the doubles badminton events at Birmingham 2022 will start on August 3 and will run till August 8.

With two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, world championships medallists Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen, and India’s top doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, India are sending one of their strongest contingents to the Commonwealth Games. 

World No. 7 PV Sindhu, a former world champion, has won three BWF titles this year.

Her most recent success came at the Singapore Open BWF Super 500 badminton event this month, making her one of the leading contenders for an Individual gold at Birmingham 2022.

PV Sindhu had lost to Saina Nehwal in the Commonwealth Games 2018 final and is yet to win a singles gold at CWG. Defending champion Saina Nehwal will not be competing this time. 

In Saina Nehwal’s absence, doubles veteran Ashwini Ponnappa, 32, will be the most experienced Indian shuttler in the Indian women’s team, which also has 19-year-olds Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand.

The Indian men’s team, meanwhile, will be without in-form HS Prannoy and world championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth.

World No. 10 Lakshya Sen, 20, will be making his Commonwealth Games debut. Kidambi Srikanth, 11th in the badminton world rankings, and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, will look to go one better this time in their respective events after losing the finals in 2018.

At the last edition of the Commonwealth Games, the Indian badminton players returned with two golds, three silvers and one bronze medal, making it their best-ever show at the Commonwealth Games.

Badminton made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in 1966. Since then, England have been the most successful nation in the sport with 109 medals followed by Malaysia’s tally of 64. India, with 25 medals, are third on the list.

Indian badminton team for Commonwealth Games 2022 

Men: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and B Sumeeth Reddy

Women: PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri Gopichand, Ashwini Ponappa

Where to watch Commonwealth Games 2022 badminton live in India?

Select badminton matches of the Commonwealth Games 2022 will be telecast live on Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3 and Sony TEN 4 TV channels in India. Live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.

Commonwealth Games 2022: Badminton schedule and live match start times 

Friday, July 29: India v Pakistan mixed team - 6.30 PM IST

Saturday, July 30: India v Sri Lanka mixed team - 1.30 PM IST

Saturday, July 30: India v Australia mixed team -11.30 PM IST

Sunday, July 31: Mixed team quarter-finals - 3.30 PM IST

Monday, August 1: Mixed team semi-finals - 3.30 PM IST

Tuesday, August 2: Mixed team bronze and gold medal match - 3.30 PM IST

Wednesday, August 3: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles preliminaries - 2.30 PM IST

Thursday, August 4: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles preliminaries  - 2.30 PM IST

Friday, August 5: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles round of 16 - 3.30 PM IST

Saturday, August 6: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles quarter-finals - 3.30 PM IST

Sunday, August 7: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles semi-finals and bronze medal matches - 1.30 PM IST

Monday, August 8: Men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles finals - 12.30 PM IST

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