As many as five Indian shuttlers feature in the top 20 of the Badminton World Federation’s men’s singles rankings for the first time ever. Sameer Verma joined K Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram in the top 20 according to the latest rankings released on Thursday by BWF.

After a quarter-final exit at the Japan Open Superseries, Srikanth maintained his position as world No 8, while Prannoy was the biggest mover, up four spots to 15th. Sai Praneeth and Jayaram also maintained their positions at 17th and 20th respectively, while Verma moved up from 21st to 19th.

In the women’s singles, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal both kept their spots at No 2 and No 12 respectively.