Subhankar Dey beats idol Lin Dan

Subhankar Dey is a self-funded athlete. Life can throw lots of unusual moments, especially in a sport like badminton. Eight years ago, Subhankar ran away from his home to pursue badminton while his mother wanted him to take up the Food Corporation of India job offered to him. Not only did he run away from the sedentary job which could have offered him stability, he ran away from obscurity.

This is my best week ever, indeed. It had always been a dream for me to play against Lin Dan since I was a kid. Beating him in a World Tour event is a dream come true. And eventually, winning a Grand Prix event. This is a very special moment for me. This feeling if priceless.

Subhankar didn't really receive an opportunity at the national camp, left all on his own, he switched to Copenhagen, Denmark. The shuttler said playing in the Danish League was a learning curve for him as he participated in multiple European tournaments.

The World No 64 faced a lot of hardships and finally managed to get into the groove to upset Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and fifth seed Rajiv Ouseph 21-11, 21-14 and clinch the biggest title of his career at the SaarLorLax Open in Saarbrucken, Germany.

This win is just not mine but for all those people who don't get support and who are scared to pursue a career in the sport. Also, for the people who have to suffer through depression. This win shows that everyone can achieve something if they work hard and think smart. This win is for them... that’s why it is very special.