Emerging Indian Shuttler Pratul Joshi won his maiden International title at Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament by prevailing over his younger sibling.
Hailing from Almora, Pratul defeated his brother Aditya Joshi in finals of the $17,500 Bahrain International Challenge badminton tournament at Segayya in Bahrain.
The match was an interesting and hard fought duel between the two brothers who were relentless. The match itself was a showcase of high-quality badminton with both players trying to outclass the other. It was a seesaw match that ultimately saw the better player on the day taking the honors deservedly.
Pratul won 21-17, 12-21, 21-15 in a match that’s stretched for an hour on Sunday.
On his way to the finals, Pratul, seeded third, had beaten countryman Siddharth Thakur 21-16, 22-20 in the semifinals. Fourth seed Aditya similarly stunned Anand Pawar 21-19, 21-7 was the top-seeded player in the tournament.
This set up the final between two brothers, which was a first in any final in an international badminton tournament in the senior's category.
In an interview, Pratul told that he along with his younger brother Aditya practiced badminton with their father from the childhood. During the initial days, his father was their coach. Currently, Pratul’s father is a badminton coach in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhari and his pupils have won many accolades in various tournaments.
Born in Almora’s Pokharkhali, Pratul did his Primary education from Almora and Inter from Dehradun. Right now, he is staying with his father in Dhari, Madhya Pradesh and completing his B.com from open university.
Himalayan Buzz would like to congratulate Pratul for his outstanding achievement and wish him luck for his sporting career.