Last Updated on August 7, 2021
Chirag Shetty is an Indian professional badminton player. He is ranked amongst the top 10 doubles played list by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Chirag Shetty, also known as Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty, was born on Friday, 4 July 1997 (age 21 years; as of 2021) in Mumbai, India. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Chirag Shetty attended Ryan International School, Mumbai for his primary and secondary education. Chirag got himself enrolled at the Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai for pursuing his higher education. Chirag Shetty started playing badminton at the age of 7, just to keep him fit and spend his leisure time. Gradually his interest grew in the sport and he started practicing it professionally under the mentorship of Manish Hadkar at Goregaon Sports Club. Chirag Shetty had participated in various district level and national level badminton championships before entering his teenage.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 62 kg
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Chirag Shetty was born to Chandrashekhar Shetty and Sujata Shetty in a middle-class family in Mumbai, India. Chirag Shetty’s father, Chandrashekhar Shetty, is a Hotelier in Mumbai, and his mother, Sujata Shetty, runs a sports academy at Goregoan Sports Club, Mumbai.
Chirag Shetty has a younger sister Arya Shetty. Arya is also a professional badminton player.
Chirag Shetty started playing cricket in his leisure time and ended up taking the sport professionally at Goregaon Sports Club. Chirag began his professional training at the age of 7 under the mentorship of Uday Pawar at Uday Pawar Academy. He participated in several interschool and district-level tournaments during his school days.
Chirag was a very studious guy who had an interest in learning science. But after passing in the 10th standard, he decided to drop science and continue with commerce so as to devote his maximum time and concentration to his practice sessions. Chirag participated in various state-level and national-level badminton events during this period. Later, Chirag Shetty moved to Hyderabad to join the Pullela Gopichand Academy in order to get himself trained under the Chief National Coach for the India national badminton team, Pullela Gopichan.
Chirag Shetty marked his professional debut in 2013, with his participation in Sushant Chipalkatti Memorial India Junior International Badminton Championship. Next, Chirag along with his doubles partner, Kuhoo, participated in the Tata Open India International Challenge in a mixed double event; The duo performed well in the tournament but could not make it to the finals. Chirag Shetty won his first-ever international gold medal at the Swiss Junior Open 2014 Men’s Doubles sharing the honor with M.R Arjun. The duad of Chirag and M.R Arjun became a hit and they won their second international gold in Yonex Belgian Junior against Scotland journey.
After observing Chirag in various tournaments, his Malaysian coach Tan Kim Her split him from his partners and paired him with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy for Maiden senior national double 2016. Initially, the two did not shared a great bond on-court as well as off-court. Chirag hailing from Mumbai and Satwiksairaj belonging to the small town of Amalapuram in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh shared a vast difference in personalities, worked as a barrier for both to get along with each other. Chirag on being paired with Satwiksairaj said,
Both of us used to just rush back after playing the shuttle at the net and that was a big problem.”
He further added,
But then the coach spoke to us and explained that Satwik has a very good back-court game and I should try and concentrate on improving my front-court game. Once we started doing that, results started to come.”
Chirag Shetty’s doubles partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy shares their pairing experience as
Earlier we used to stay in different rooms. I used to go out with Telugu people a lot. Then I didn’t like to go out with North Indian guys. He used to eat everything, I used to eat only Indian food. So I used to go alone. Our coach told us to stay together, go out together and now we have become good friends, he knows me well now and I know all about him as well.”
Sorting out all the differences they emerged as a dynamic duo of Indian badminton. The duo first came into the limelight after winning the Tata Open India International Challenge 2016. The same year, they won the titles of several international series including Mauritius International, India International Series, Bangladesh International, and Vietnam Open international challenge.
In 2018, Chirag and Satwiksairaj won their first gold medal in the Commonwealth Games at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in a mixed team even hosted in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Chirag Shetty along with his doubles partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy engraved their name in the history of badminton becoming the first Indian badminton doubles player to win the Super 500 series title, defeating China’s reigning World Champion duo Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.
In 2021, Chirag Shetty and his doubles partner Satwiksairaj got qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and got the opportunity to represent India at the Olympics 2020. Despite making every possible effort the duo could not qualify for the knockout stage. Chirag shared a picture on his Instagram account, quoting,
Our reaction says it all – Are we through to the quarterfinals? Well sometimes even after giving your best it’s not enough to guarantee your place in the quarterfinals. When the draws were out we knew we were part of the strongest pool amongst the lot and we needed to be at our best to go past the group stage. Unfortunately for us, it ended up with 3 pairs winning 2 matches each which led to Games Won/Lost being the deciding factor. But that’s how the sport is and we have to live with it.”
Chirag Shetty marked his commercial career in 2019 by participating in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) as a member of the Pune 7 Aces team. Chirag’s participation in the PBL also earned him the opportunity to play with his ideal badminton player, the great Indonesian shuttler, Hendra Setiawan. He shared his experience playing with his ideal Hendra Setiawan as,
I saw him win gold at the 2008 Olympics and now I’m playing with him. It’s funny how life pans out.”
He further added,
Also, the calmness that he has on the court is remarkable. It’s something that comes from experience.”
- 2018: Commonwealth Games, Mixed team, Gold Coast, Australia
- 2018: Commonwealth Games, Men’s doubles, Gold Coast, Australia
- 2016: Asia Team Championships, Men’s team, Hyderabad, India
- 2020: Asia Team Championships, Men’s team, Manila, Philippines
Badminton World Federation (BWF) Tournaments
BWF International Challenge/Series
- 2016: Winner at Mauritius International, Men’s doubles
- 2016: Winner at India International Series, Men’s doubles
- 2016: Winner at Tata Open India International, Men’s doubles
- 2016: Winner at Bangladesh International, Men’s doubles
- 2017: Winner at Vietnam International, Men’s doubles
- 2019: Winner at Brazil International, Men’s doubles
BWF World Tour
- 2018: Winner at Hyderabad Open (Super 100), Men’s doubles
- 2018: Runner-up at Syed Modi International (Super 300), Men’s doubles
- 2019: Winner at Thailand Open (Super 500), Men’s doubles
- 2019: Runner-up at French Open (Super 750), Men’s doubles
Awards & Honours
Arjuna Award 2020
Chirag Shetty was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in a virtual ceremony held on 29 August 2020. The Arjuna Award is presented to the sports personalities of India for their outstanding performance in the field of sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Chirag Shetty was honored with a bronze statuette of Arjuna, a certificate, a ceremonial dress, and a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh. On being honored with the prestigious award, Chirag expressed his feelings as
I see it as a silver lining in these tough times. It’ll definitely motivate us to win big and work harder to bring back more laurels for the country. Also, I think it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
- Badminton player(s): Nikhar Garg, Saina Nehwal
- Athlete: Rafael Nadal
- Food Pav: Bhaji, Kori Roti, Pomfret Fry
- Musician(s)/band(s): Major Lazer, Nucleya
- Games: Temple Run
- Film(s): Bollywood- 2 States, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Hollywood- Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Born on the Fourth of July
- TV Shows: Indian- MTV Roadies, Chhote Miyan Dhaakad
American- Breaking Bad, Narcos, Friends, Sacred Games
- Cartoon: Shin-chan
- Book: Touch Play – The Prakash Padukone Story
- Chirag Shetty always focused on being a doubles player, but during the initial stage of Chirags’s career, his father was not convinced by the idea of playing a team game. Chirag’s father in an interview said,
I did not want him to be playing a team game, because, unlike an individual sport, a lot of factors are involved in getting into a team, including politics. In an individual game, nobody can stop you if you are number one.”
- Chirag Shetty was felicitated by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Uddhav Thackeray on being honored with the Arjun Award.
- Chirag Shetty, along with his doubles partner Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, was nominated for BWF Most Improved player of the year awards 2018.
- Chirag uses the not-so-common Voltric 80 E-tune badminton racket in his tournaments.
- Chirag Shetty enjoys doing adventure sports. He often posts pictures of him performing differents adventure sports on his social media account.