DIJU Valiyaveetil < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 04 Jan 1981 in Calicut, IND
Height1.88 m
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Human Resources
Higher education Farook College: Calicut, IND
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started his badminton career representing the University of Calicut at the All India University Championships.
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hero / Idol India badminton player Thomas Kurien. (sportskeeda.com, 23 Feb 2010)
Injuries In 2010 he needed back surgery, recovery time was four months. (expressbuzz.com, 02 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours In August 2009, whilst in a mixed doubles pairing with Jwala Gutta, they became the first Indian Badminton mixed doubles pair to win a Grand Prix gold title. (delhispider.com, 01 Feb 2010)
Other information DOUBLES V MIXED
He prefers playing doubles badminton and has linked up with fellow Indian player Jwala Gutta to form a strong partnership. "We don't have any gameplan as such, we just discuss some general points. Like to be careful about the high serve and so on. Mixed and doubles are entirely different. I'm only just beginning to understand that. In mixed, we play a bit more crafty game, you ‘keep' more, close to the net. In doubles, it's more about hitting. The main thing in mixed doubles is, after the smash, you've got to drive hard at the woman and then catch the next shuttle. The first smash can be to the man or woman, but the drive is hard for the woman to return." (sportskeeda.com, 23 Feb 2010; indianetzone.com, 12 Apr 2010)

CHINA TOUGHEST OPPONENTS
On Chinese doubles partners he says: "The Chinese are the best in the business. They are very good. I think we need to train a little harder to beat them. We need to play consistent badminton and should focus more on defence and play a fast attacking game. We have to match them in speed, endurance and power. We are as good as the Indonesians and the Europeans." (expressbuzz.com, 02 Oct 2011)

OCCUPATION
He is a human resources manager for an Oil and Natural Gas Corporation [ONGC] in Chennai, India. (indianetzone.com, 01 Jan 2010)