Out of the five, one will be part of the team proper while the remaining four will be associated with the team for gaining experience. (Agencies)
Local star Utkarsh Arora would be the 11th player in the squad of Krrish Delhi Smashers. He is currently ranked 41st in the U-19 national junior singles ranking. He had won individual gold at 2012 School Nationals.
According to tournament rules, an U-19 player will have to be included and he will be travelling with the team during the whole period of the competition.
"The whole idea behind buying the Delhi franchise was to provide a boost to badminton in the national capital. To achieve that goal, it was essential that we provide exposure to local talent and hence we have decided to include Utkarsh (Arora) He is a talented player and we hope he can pick invaluable experience being part of the team and playing with international players four junior players who will be travelling with the team," said Vagish Pathak, co-owner of Krrish Delhi Smashers.
Another Delhi player and India number 12 Mohita Sahdev will also become part of the team. Mohita was part of the Indian badminton League (IBL) auction. However, he was not picked by any team. Mohita too will be travelling with the Krrish Delhi Smashers and will be gaining opportunity to pick valuable coaching tips from Rashid Sidek.
Winner of 2012 Bahrain International Challenge in mixed doubles with Tanvir Gill, Mohita won the doubles crown in the state championship thrice before being employed by Airport Authority of India.
Out of the five, one will be part of the team proper while the remaining four will be associated with the team for gaining experience.