Srikanth, the numero uno
Kidambi Srikanth had become the first Indian male badminton player to achieve the world number one ranking in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) chart. Saina Nehwal had occupied the women’s top spot in 2015. Legendary Prakash Padukone was secured as the world number one player during his key days before the modern ranking system was introduced. “Srikanth, the numero uno” (May 2018) was also bestowed with the Padma Shri award by Indian Government. He will continue to inspire the generations to come. Also, he will motivate other players to perform will and aim to go up higher on the rankings.
Srikanth has a lethal smash. He has become stronger mentally and has developed the ability to stay cool under pressure. P. Gopichand, his coach, feels he needs to develop more patience. Whether champions are born or made, what separated them from everyone else were their mental attributes, their will to win, their determination, their perseverance, their ability to remain calm under pressure, their ability to become back from disappointments. Each one of us has the power of develop.
P.C. Thulsi was number one champion, badminton women’s singles, just after Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu, in India. Recently, she is out of focus. In games in the nation, she had won Triple Crown in women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. A player is having many more goals; will to become good at the big events and achieving many more milestones. Attention of the authorities should be there to promote such players to add to the wealth of the nation. A big push is required to make the players to achieve bronze, silver or Gem, gold medal in the name of badminton women’s singles, to name one event.
— Jayaprakash T.V.