The 23-year-old Nehwal, who is preparing for the upcoming World Championship in China next month, said, "He (Taufiq) is a role model and a driving force in the game. I'm really happy to be part of Hyderabad Hotshots team and I was thrilled once he was also included."
Saina, who bagged a price of USD 120,000 in the IBL auction, said she was looking forward to train with the legendary Indonesian.
"Getting to train and play along with him is going to be brilliant. It will be the best part about playing the league," the world No.3 women's player said.
The Indian shuttle star further added, "Fans would love to watch him on courts. I know Taufik Sir since I joined the game. He is known for his wrist play, his back strokes are matchless and so nicely and accurately hit, and his net play and court coverage is unparalleled.”
"I remember playing with him as a mixed double partner for an exhibition match in Syed Modi Memorial tournament in Lucknow in 2009. I have great memories of that match. I also have a smashing photograph with him, Prakash (Padukone) sir and Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) sir from an event held in Mumbai the same year,” she added.
Commenting on the Indonesian's famed charm and handsome looks, Saina, who has a hat-trick of Indonesia Open titles under her belt, said, "Taufiq sir is the King of badminton, handsome, talented and very humble. He is extremely energetic on the court and so charming that he makes badminton look easy and simple, though it's not.”
 "It is the fastest game in the world and requires loads of energy to play. Taufiq sir is very simple and yet moody, if he is not interested in a game he will not play. I'm sure his presence will be a great morale booster to Hyderabad Hotshots," she said.


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