New Delhi [India]: Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidami Srikanth would be leading the Indian team in the upcoming Sudirman Cup mixed team championship.
India has been seeded as number eight in the upcoming edition of the tournament. They have been grouped with hosts China and Malaysia in Group D and will need to finish in top two in the league stage to reach the knock out stage.
The 13-member Indian contingent also comprises of in-form Sameer Verma and will also see the return of doubles star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who was out of action due to an injury along with Chirag Shetty.
Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma are also included in the team adding strength to the line-up as India aim to finish on the podium for the first time in the competition.
India Men squad: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Manu Atri, B Sumeeth Reddy, and Pranaav Jerry Chopra.
India Women squad: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy, Poorvisha S Ram, and J Meghana.
Sudirman Cup mixed team championship will be played in Nanning, China from May 19-26.
India had defeated Malaysia in the mixed team format to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Gold Coast last year and the absence of former world number one Lee Chong Wei comes as good news to the Indian contingent.