Men’s badminton has been fantastic for India in the last few weeks. While Gopichand’s disciple Kidambi Srikanth has given two consecutive titles to the country, two other players have also shown good play. Srikanth won the first Indonesia Open and then in the Australian Open, he has also beaten the legendary team by defeating the legendary players. Excited about his performance, Srikanth believes that Indian badminton players have a good chance to win a medal in next World Championships next month.
Apart from Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram have qualified for the BWF World Championships in men’s singles, which will be held in Glasgow from August 21 to 27.
Other than being honoured by sports minister Vijay Goel, Srikanth told reporters, “I think we are all playing well. I can not say that we definitely will win the medal. Definitely, we have the opportunity, but we have to give our hundred percent every match.
The good thing is that Kidambi is aware of the preparation and strength of the opponents and he is also alerting the Indian players. According to him, team mates will have to play well enough to win the World Championship, because the bouts will be very tight.
Srikanth said, ‘We have to play well enough, because it is such a big tournament and everyone is prepared for it. I think all the players involved in the top 30-35 are doing well. If you see, HS Prannoy’s ranking was 29 before Indonesia Open, and how did he beat Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei in consecutive matches, so all the players involved in the top 35 are doing well.
Srikanth, who reached the finals of three consecutive Super Series championships, believes that he is coming to the top of his game at the right time before the prestigious world championship. The 24-year-old Guntur player said that despite being out due to injuries to Rio Olympics, he never gave up his belief in the potential and helped him to make a successful comeback.