He was born as Syed Mehdi but while he was playing in Mumbai his surname was misspelled and was written as Modi and since then he used Modi as his surname. Modi was an eight time national badminton champion from 1980 to 1987. Considered as one of the most famous badminton players of India, his credentials include Gold medal in 1982 for Commonwealth Games held in Australia. Also for Austrian International he won Gold medals in 1983 and 1984 respectively. Not only this, the Asian Games too had his footprints as he won Bronze medal in 1982 held in Delhi. He was brutally shot dead at the age of 26 when he was returning from his practise from K.D. Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow on 28th July 1988. Modi was one of the brilliant player that India lost that day.