24-year-old Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was honoured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his back to back achievements in Badminton.
The 24-year-old Guntur-born reached his third successive Super Series final and managed to outclass World Champion Chen Long in the Australian Open in straight games. Prior to that, Srikanth also reached Singapore Open final, but lost the title to Sai Praneeth. He, however, made it all up in the Indonesia Open as he got the better of world No.1 Son Wan Ho in the final.
His exploits saw himself breaking into the top 10 rankings after he was ranked 8th in the recent rankings. Firstly, his Indonesian Open win allowed him to sit 11th on the log and the Australian Open triumph helped him to acquire the eight spot. Srikanth, on his Twitter account, expressed his joy of receiving the award, saying, “I feel honoured to meet you and talk to you, sir. I can’t ask for anything else. This photo just says how happy I am.”
I feel honoured to meet you and talk to you sir. I can’t ask for anything else. This photo just says how happy I am. pic.twitter.com/c608a3WQOM
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) June 30, 2017
Talking about his Australian Open triumph, the 24-year-old went on to say, “I must say everything went right for me in the final. It is special for sure coming up against someone like Chen who has been playing so well in this championship.” Srikanth went on to say that he was not nervous before the final and did not feel any pressure. He had a very simple plan for the match and that was to not miss the scoring opportunities and keep the shuttle in play. In a report by Indian Express he said, “This is the best phase in my career at the highest level and winning three Super Series is something which I would cherish forever.”
The Indian battalion of Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram have qualified for the men’s singles category of the BWF’s World Championships, and speaking about the same, Srikanth said that they sure have a chance of winning the honour.
“I think we all are playing well. I can’t really say if we will definitely win a medal. We have a chance for sure but we have to be 100 percent on that day and every match,” Srikanth told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation program by Sports Minister Vijay Goel. “We have to play consistently well, because it is such a big tournament and everyone prepares really hard.”