Road to Rio: Kidambi Srikanth, India’s usually men’s singles shuttler, is a clever award prospect

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Name: Kidambi Srikanth

Age: 23

Discipline: Badminton

Category: Men’s Singles

Qualification: Kidambi Srikanth competent for Rio due to his good station in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings, that were used to establish a Olympic qualifiers from a points amassed between 4 May 2015 and to 1 May 2016.

Strengths: Kidambi Srikanth has an aggressive character of play, though can keep a cold conduct underneath pressure. Has has softened a lot in a final few years and has a match-winning spirit and knowledge that will give him an corner in Rio.

Past Olympic performance: Debut

Past record (best performances): – Won the China Open Super Series Premier in 2014, beating champion Lin Dan for a title
– Won a Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in 2013
– Won a Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, in 2015
– Won dual bullion medals during a 2016 South Asian Games, in men’s group and men’s singles
– Won a china and bronze medals during a Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011

Rio Prospects: While a men’s singles pull will positively be tough, universe series 11 Kidambi Srikanth has a ability to means large upsets, as we have seen in a past, and can be looked during as a intensity award prospect.

File print of Kidambi Srikanth. Reuters

Kidambi Srikanth is one of India’s brightest talents in badminton right now. The solitary men’s singles contender in India’s Olympics 2016 contingent, a 23-year-old has 7 veteran titles underneath his belt and is seen as a clever award awaiting in Rio.

Srikanth is India’s top-ranked general masculine shuttler, though has had a roller-coaster season so distant in 2016.

He started on a resigned note when he mislaid a Malaysia Masters semifinal in January. But afterwards bounced behind to  win the 2016 Syed Modi International title. He also bagged dual bullion medals during a 2016 South Asian Games, and reached a semifinals of a Badminton Asia Team Championship.

Srikanth was aiming to break into a tip eight to equivocate a tip tier players in Rio, but he is now ranked 11 in a world. However, considering his history of upsetting tip players, a draw might not be so most of a hindrance.

Srikanth is operative on perfecting his technique to bag a award during Rio. “The plea for me now is anticipating ways to keep my diversion effective. The aggressive diversion is what works for me. So we can’t only desert that. It has brought me good success though we also realize that we can't be aggressive all a time,” Srikanth had told Firstpost. “I have to be means to rally. we have to figure out strategies depending on possibly we are personification on quick or delayed courts,” he added.

His former coach, Sudhakar Reddy, believes that his ward has another pretence adult his sleeve. “Because of his doubles experience, he’s quick and good on a net. He has softened his pound energy too,” Reddy told Forbes when asked about Srikanth’s award prospects.

Srikanth held a courtesy of a badminton companionship when he became a initial Indian to win a SuperSeries premier title, winning a 2014 China Open. Only 5 tournaments in a universe are designated ‘Superseries Premier’, a difficulty that was introduced in 2011. The topping on a cake was a fact that he won this top-tier contest violence Lin Dan, a five-time universe and two-time Olympic champion, mostly deliberate a best in a game.

Two of his role models occur to be Pullela Gopichand and Lin Dan; carrying one manager him for Rio and defeating a other is utterly a attainment for Srikanth.

The shuttler and his manager make it a indicate that he never gets held adult with rankings and that he doesn’t get carried divided by large victories. “When we step on a court, my solitary concentration is a opponent; him and him alone. The approach he plays, a approach we have to play. Everything else – including my ranking – doesn’t matter. And it shouldn’t either. At this level, we can’t means to blink. If we remove your focus, it won’t matter if we have all a strokes in a world,” he had told Firstpost. 

Srikanth is tough during work to win a award in Rio, and is prepared to face a best in a business to make it happen. “I wish to win a medal. It is a tough pull and we have to play during my best from a start. There will be no possibility to cruise. And while that is a challenge, it is also because we suffer a game. The foe is what creates us step on to a justice again and again…That and a adore of a game,’ he had told Firstpost.

Both he and his fans will wish that he can say this coherence and charge when a Games start in Rio and win another Badminton award for India.

With inputs from agencies