Srikanth, the nu­mero uno

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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.

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