While cynics may describe badminton as a less exciting version of tennis, this is simply not the case. Badminton can be a lot more tactical, with players relying less on physical strength.
As a result, betting on badminton can sometimes be even more fun than betting on tennis in India. Badminton fans will be familiar with their betting options, but newcomers may not know where to get started.
Here is your ultimate guide to betting on badminton in India, with everything you need to know.
The history of badminton is unclear but it is widely assumed that it has been played for many centuries across Eurasia.
Many believe that it was expatriate officers in British India who made badminton a lot more popular, though it is a matter of record that a form of the sport was being played in Thanjavur all the way back in the 1850s.
Poona or Poonah was one of the early names used for badminton and it was not until near the end of the 19th century that official rules for the sport were drawn up.
The Badminton Association of England officially released the rules of the game in 1893, with the All England Open Badminton Championships following just a few years after that.
Badminton is played on a rectangular court that is divided by a net, so in this way it is similar to tennis. However, unlike in tennis the net is high - set at around head-height - rather than low, while a shuttlecock is used instead of a tennis ball.
Unlike in tennis, the shuttlecock cannot bounce so as soon as it hits the floor, the point is over. Each game of badminton is played to 21 points and players score for winning a point whether or not they have served, unlike in table tennis.
In the early days of badminton, the sport was sometimes played by a larger team, but now it is primarily singles or doubles. Mixed doubles competitions, where men and women play on the same team, is also popular in badminton tournaments that are played all over the world.
So now that we have given you a detailed background on the history of badminton and how it is played, what do you need to do in order to bet on badminton in India?
Betting on badminton in India involves going through much the same process as placing a bet on any other sport at an Indian betting site.
As soon as you have decided what you want to bet on, you just have to select it on the betting site you have chosen, then decide how much money you want to use as the stake.
Higher stake bets give a larger potential return, but small stakes bets can still be a very popular option if they are placed on badminton bets at high odds.
With a lot of badminton action taking place around the world, you are never likely to be short of options when betting on badminton action in India.
Next up, let's take a detailed look at the best badminton leagues and tournaments to bet on.
There are lots of different badminton leagues and tournaments out there, so sports fans in India have plenty of choices when it comes to betting on badminton.
For many years, badminton has been a key sport in the Olympic Games and this is arguably the most popular way to bet on badminton in India, even though this is only every four years.
While the Olympics are the peak of the sport, it is far from the only chance to bet on badminton. Other major leagues and tournaments take place in this sport every single year, providing a lot of opportunities to make money for those who want to bet on badminton in India.
The Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup are two of the top international badminton tournaments to bet on, while a gender-mixed international team event is the Sudirman Cup. Only elite players are good enough to make it to the BWF World Championships, which is categorised as a level one tournament along with each of the other competitions that we have named so far.
Other popular badminton events to bet on include the BWF Super Series, the Badminton Asia Championships, European Badminton Championships and the Pan American Badminton Championships, as well as the All-England Championships, which is still going to this day.
The most popular badminton tournament to bet on in India might just be the Premier Badminton League, which was known as the Indian Badminton League when it was founded back in 2013.
The Premier Badminton League is said to have reached more than 100 million badminton fans in India and has attracted some of the world's top players like Carolina Marin, Viktor Axelson, Tai Tzu Ying, Lee Chong Wei and Lee Yong Dae.
Badminton markets are widely available at Indian betting sites during major events.
When the Olympic Games are on, for example, badminton is likely to be one of the most popular sports to bet on in India. This is also the case during some of the major international badminton tournaments we mentioned above, such as the BWF World Championships.
Here are some of the top Indian sports betting sites that will have badminton markets:
Events featuring Indian badminton stars such as Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu are likely to be particularly popular to bet on. Sindhu is one of the top sports stars in India, having won a silver medal in the women's singles at the Olympics in 2016.
It is fair to say that betting on badminton in India is not quite as popular as some sports such as cricket. However, badminton remains a top sport in India and, as a result, more and more betting sites are likely to be offering badminton betting markets in India in the years to come.