Parupalli Kashyap playing badminton

Parupalli Kashyap: Career, Tragedy & Net Worth

Parupalli Kashyap is a Badminton player originating from India and was awarded one of the highest-ranking public medals by the Indian government.

Parupalli earned the ‘Arjuna award’ at the age of 26.

Despite suffering from asthma and disorientation at the early age of 14, he strived hard for his career and became one of the world’s best badminton players.

Parupalli Kashyap

The champion is known as one of the best badminton player, if not the best badminton player to ever played for India.

The Indian-born badminton player reached rank 6 on the BWF(Badminton world federation) at his peak.

He has earned many medals for his country and even set many records for India in sports.

Before we go deeper into Parupalli Kashyap’s story, let’s look at some quick facts about him.

Quick Facts

Full Name Parupalli Kashyap
Birth Date 8 September 1986
Birth Place Hyderabad, India
Religion Hindu
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Asian
Handedness Right
Horoscope Virgo
Father’s Name Uday Shankar
Mother’s Name Subhadra Shankar
Sibling Sister
Sibling Name Unknown
Age 37 Years Old
Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73m)
Weight 154 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Team Indian Team
Sports Badminton
BWF World’s Rankings 31th (As of 4/16/2021)
Profession Badminton Player
Coach Pullela Gopichand
Active Years 2005 to present
Total Matches Played 523 (300-won, 223-Lost)
Marital Status Married
Wife’s Name Saina Nehwal
Net Worth $3 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Favorite Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Merch Shuttlecock, Racquet, Net
Last Update 2024

Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurements

Parupalli is currently 37 Years Old as he was born in 1986. Despite being old than most of the other players, he seems to be very fit because of his daily training and workouts.

The Indian Badminton Player stands at 5 feet and 8 inches tall, which is 1.73 meters.

Similarly, he weighs about 70 kilograms, approximately 154 Lbs.

Kashyap has a fit body but not really large in size compared to others; he appears to be skinny.

The Indian star body measurements are 40 Inches chest, 32 Inches waist, and finally biceps of 14 Inches.

Furthermore, his body is complemented by his dark black hair with brown eyes.

Horoscope, Ethnicity, Religion, and Nationality

Parupalli is a proud Indian citizen as he was born and raised in India, and he even plays badminton representing India as one of its best players.

Similarly, Being from India, Kashyap belongs to Asian ancestry. Both his mother and father are from India as well, which makes him a pure Asian.

Being born on the eighth of September, Parupalli falls under Virgo on the zodiac sign. Virgos are known to be practical and hardworking, and Parupalli is both of those things.

Furthermore, the Indian icon follows Hinduism.

Parupalli Kashyap: Personal Life

Parupalli is a fascinating fellow with a lot of personalities. He is a very outspoken person, so he tends to be rather humorous in many situations.

The player is also a great fan of cricket, as every other Indian out there. He loves to support his country, and he watches Cricket games.

Kashyap mentioned that his favorite cricketer is the Legendary ‘Sachin Tendulkar‘, and his favorite movie is also cricket-related, named Dhoni.

He likes to listen to foreign DJs and music artists, and his favorite DJs are Calvin Harris and Kygo.

Similarly, his favorite music bands are Linkin Park and Nirvana, and his favorite music artist is Eminem, Rihanna, Sonu Nigam, and Sukhwinder Singh.

He seems to have pretty good taste in music, and it appears he loves to listen to Metallica and rap songs.

Parupalli Kashyap: Family and Education

Parupalli Kashyap was born in Hyderabad, India, on 8th September 1986. He was born to his father, Uday Shankar, and his mother, Subhadra Shankar.

Kashyap was born and raised in Hyderabad, so it is assumed that he studied there, but there is no certain information on which Institue or the academy he studied.

The Indian star is a Bachelor’s graduate as he has finished his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Parupalli Kashyap: Early Life

Kashyap was a sporty kid since he was a child. Parupalli has been playing badminton since he was a kid and always had a thing for it.

He was a brilliant and athletic kid, but sadly, he could not stay in one place and practice his skills as his father had a transferable job.

Meaning he had to transfer every once in a while, which led Kashyap to move from one place to another without making friends or attending school properly.

When Kashyap was 11, he started his first training in S. M. Arif in Hyderabad, India.

Sadly, Kashyap and his family had to move to Banglore, and he could not attend the training camp anymore.

Parupallu KAshyap when he was a kid
Childhood Parupalli Kashyap

When he was in Banglore, he decided to join the famous Padokune badminton academy run by an all England champion, Prakash Padukone.

He trained with Prakash for 3 years and departed from Bangalore again when his father’s job was moved back to Hyderabad.

When they moved back to Hyderabad, Kashyap was diagnosed with Asthama at the early age of 14.

Honestly, he was devastated by it and thought he would not pursue his career anymore.

However, he did not give up and continued his training with determination, and eventually, his health got better day by day with proper medication.

Parupalli Kashyap: Career

Parupalli trained at Gopichand academy when he was back in Hyderabad.

He trained under the main coach, who was also an All England Champion, Pullela Gopichand.

The Indian star made a name for himself through playing various tournaments in his college and playing for the academy.

National Debut

He finally debuted for his home state of Andhra Pradesh in 2005, and he let all of India know that a new Badminton Champion was rising.

He won the boy’s singles award at the National Junior Open Badminton Championships, his first big tournament.

International Debut

That win propelled him even further, and in the following year of 2006, he made his International Debut.

He made his first-ever international appearance in Hong Kong opens where he defeated Przemysław Wacha, who was rank 19 on the BWF at that time.

Everyone was surprised and shocked at the results as Przemysław Wacha was highly favored to win.

But in the next round of the tournament, he lost and was eliminated from the tournament.

A few months later, at the Bitburger Open, he was up against Przemysław Wacha again, and once again, he defeated Wacha, causing an upset on the audience side.

Due to this win, his international ranking skyrocketed, and he made it in the top hundred despite being in the early years of his career. He got to rank 64 at that time.

In the same year, Kashyap was selected to represent his country in the Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar.

This was a total mess for the Indian professional badminton player as he could not perform well, and due to that, he did not win any medals.

After this performance, people were criticizing Parupalli and saying his previous wins were just flukes.

But he then proved them all wrong when he defeated India’s national badminton champion at that time, Chetan Anand.

He won against Chetan and won a gold medal for his state.

The next major appearance he made was in 2009 in the Dutch Opens, but unfortunately, he lost in the Semifinals.

In 2009, He was runner up for Thailand International, Spanish Open, and Toulouse Open, but sadly he couldn’t manage to win any of them.

He was performing well but not well enough to win, and it really stressed him out.

First International Medal

Kashyap’s first-ever international Medal came in the 2010 Common Wealth Games, where he beat his compatriot Chetan Anand to earn the bronze medal in men’s single.

Apart from that win, he also played a crucial role in India’s win in the Team Event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Due to his outstanding performance, they were able to grab the Silver medal for India.

After the Common Wealth Games, his curse continued when he again started losing in the semi-finals and quarterfinals.

At the 2010 Indian Open Grand Prix Gold, he reached the semi-finals but unfortunately lost to Gurusai Datt from his own country and was eliminated.

Then in the National Championship, he lost in the finals to Arvind Bhat.

In the 2012 Djaram Indonesia Open, he won against Chen Long, the world’s No.3 Badminton player.

He also defeated BWF, ranking 16 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, and reached the semifinals, where he lost again.

2012 Summer Olympics

After the 2010 appearance, Kashyap’s next major appearance was in the 2012 summer Olympics, where he represented India.

This was his first Olympic too.

He started strong and won all the group stage-matched, and he seemed unbeatable at that stage.

He then defeated Niluka Karunaratne from Srilanka and moved on to the quarterfinals, where another loss followed him.

Parupalli Kashyap in 2012 Summer Olympics
Parupalli Kashyap in 2012 Summer Olympics

Sadly, he lost to Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, who was the No.1 BWF ranking player at that time.

Kashyap was very disappointed by the loss, and he even had a breakdown at the court.

But despite losing, Kashyap left his mark on the history books as he became the first-ever Indian to reach the quarter-finals of Olympic games in Men’s singles.

This achievement led Parupalli to reach 19th rank on the BWF rankings, which was another great feat.

Finally, his curse was broken when he was able to win the Indian Open Grand Prix Gold 2012.

This also pushed Kashyaps ranks further, and he became the 14th ranked BWF player who was his all-time highest record at that time.

After that event, he appeared in the Korean Opens in 2013, where he pushed his rank to the top 10, and then after reaching the quarterfinals of the swiss opens, his rank went even further and reached 7th.

On 14 March 2013, he achieved his all-time highest ranking on the BWF ranking charts after a short period of time.

He was ranked as the 6th best badminton player in the world at that time.

Fall from the top

After suffering from some nasty injuries, Kashyap was out from the professional badminton scene for almost a year.

He returned in 2014, and he was not aware that it would go downhill from there for him.

2014 was a miserable and sad year for Kashyap as he lost his top ranking and performed his worst that year.

Even though he started the season with a solid win, he lost to Jan O Jorgensen and was eliminated.

Then in the Indian Open Grand Prix gold Tournament, he lost again and could not defend his title.

His performance seemed way worse, and he was not going to get it better any sooner.

Then again, he showed the Indian people light of hope when he reached the Semifinals of 2014 Swiss Open but was eventually eliminated again.

In the 2014 Indian super series, he again lost in the quarterfinals, and it just continued his misfortune.

His rankings were slowly but surely going down with each loss he was facing, and there were no signs of improvement as he lost the next tournaments.

He lost in the first round of the 2014 BWF World Championship, and again in the Asian games 2014, he lost in the second round.

At that point, he had lost all hopes and was also criticized by many for his lack of sportsmanship and fighting spirit.

But he managed to come back after all those disappointments as he managed to reach the semifinals and quarterfinals of the upcoming tournaments.

2014 Commonwealth Games

Even though Kashyap was out of form almost all of the year, he managed to perform when it mattered the most.

He defeated all the top-ranking players in the 2014 commonwealth games and claimed the gold medal for India.

The Indian Badminton star had just ended the long drought of 32 years of no Medals for Men’ singles.

He had made another historic moment for India and made his country proud of him as his name was written down in history books.

Halt in his career

In 2015 Kashyap started the new season with a devastating loss, but despite that, he recovered from it and claimed the title of India Open Grand Prix Gold 2015.

After this event, Parupalli again failed to perform at 2015 All England Super Series Premier as he was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.

Then he appeared again in Indian superseries, where he lost in the pre-quarterfinals, and that was his last match of the year.

He suffered a horrible knee injury which put him out of the scene for few years.

He could also not participate in the 2016 Olympics due to this injury, and it was a very disappointing moment for him.

Kashyap then returned in 2018, but we could see his performance was affected by the injury, and he was not able to perform well throughout the year.


Kashyap’s last match was in the All England Opens, where he lost to Kento Momota of Japan in the first round.

He appeared in the 2021 Thailand opens, too, where he had to suffer another injury and had to leave the game midway due to the injury.

Parupalli played in 523 games, where he won 300 games and lost 223 games.

He appeared in five games in 2021 and has lost all of them.

Parupalli Kashyap: Tragedy

One of Parupalli’s saddest moments was back in 2011 when he was starting his career.

His sister committed suicide due to uncertain reasons, and it was a very tragic phase for Parupalli as he was very close to his sister.

That caused him to suffer from trauma, which even caused him to drop games in that season.

Not much information was disclosed about this incident as it was a susceptible topic to talk about, but he disclosed a few years later that he was very depressed at that point.

Parupalli Kashyap: Marriage

On the December 16th of 2018, Parupalli married his fellow female badminton superstar ‘Saina Nehwal.’

Their marriage took place in their hometown of Hyderabad. Their wedding took place at Saina’s home in Cyberbad.

They tied their bond privately instead of the big weddings. The couple did not have a massive ceremony.

They are still together and very happy together.

Parupalli and Saina marriage
Parupalli and Saina marriage

Similarly, the couple both inspire and help each other to grow.

They are adorable and open to the public about their relationship, and they seem to be doing great.

As of now, they are both training hard together to attend the 2021 Olympic games.

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Parupalli Kashyap: Net Worth

The Indian star has earned tons of money throughout his career with all the games he has appeared in and sponsorships, and brand deals.

Parupalli kashyap has the net worth of $3 million.

Furthermore, Parupalli has earned $154,315 from the BWF alone. He has won many awards and earned a lot of money from the national and international games.

Parupalli Kashyap: Social Media

Parupalli is active on all three of the major social media platforms, and he frequently posts on all his accounts.

The champion likes to share his lifestyle with his fans and posts many pictures with his wife, Saina Nehwal.

He has over 108k followers on Instagram.

Similarly, he is also active on Twitter and has over 253k followers, and on Facebook, he has over 192k followers.


Does Parupalli Kashyap Smoke?

No, he does not smoke.

Who is Parupalli Kashyap’s current Coach?

Pullela Gopichand still coaches him.

What is Parupalli’s favorite Indian song?

His favorite song is ‘Aap jaisa koi meri jindagi’.

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