Recently he raced to his second successive Super Series title in Australia.
Thanks to the shuttler's effort, now we are aspiring to become world and Olympic champions in badminton.
The two Asian nations still display the fast-paced free-flowing game that makes it a spectacle for fans.
In between the Hyderabad-based player and the crown will stand the game's new sensation - Carolina Marin, the current world champion.
Taming "Super Dan" in the final of China Open in November was as improbable as beating Roger Federer in the Wimbledon or Rafael Nadal in the French Open.
On March 15, India beat Poland to qualify for the Hockey World League Round 3, a step closer to playing for Rio Olympic Games 2016.