Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth grabbed consecutive titles and has credited his success to current national coach Pullela Gopichand, saying without Gopichand it would not have been possible and he has been behind all the success of badminton in India.
Indian ace shuttler who is at the summit of his career, won Indonesian Open Series and Australian Open Series within a week’s time and made the entire nation proud.
Sriknth managed to defeat reigning Olympic champion Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 in the final of the Australia Open Super Series to win back to back titles in the span of 2 weeks.
He had earlier won the Indonesia Open Super Series title on June 18.
“I think he is the man behind all the success of badminton today here what we have. If he wouldn’t have become a coach after he quit his playing career, all this wouldn’t have been possible. So whatever we have today and whatever we will have in the next generations, it will be all because of him,” said Srikanth on Tuesday while addressing the media here.
“He was the one who really started coaching seriously in India, who always thought India has the potential to be a world beater in badminton.His role would be very important in the coming years as well.”
“Thanks to Gopi sir, it was not possible to make it without him, I couldn’t have been where I am now,” he added.
His dream run embarked in April 2107 when he reached the final of the Singapore Open. Srikanth was gifted Rs.3 lakh by Gopichand Badminton Academy on the occasion.
“It has been fantastic for me in the last two months. After the injuries, I really didn’t want to push myself too much and just wanted to train first, get better and start tournaments. And it really happened with the help of new coach and Gopi Sir,” he said.
Sriaknth has his eyes on World Championships scheduled in August and was positive that he would try to train hard and perform his best there.
“It’s good to be back in top ten for sure. But I didn’t play these tournaments just to come back in top 10 but to win them and even in World Championship’s I will look to perform well and win. That’s the only thing that I am thinking about and not the rankings,” he said.
When asked about the biggest challenge in the last three weeks, Srikanth said, “Every match was tuff for me.”
“I think we are actually training very well now. In the last couple of months, I have been playing really well and up to my potential. I really want to continue training hard in the coming months because that’s the only way to be consistent.”
“I think every win was important for me. I don’t really want to compare those wins and I will definitely say that this is one of my biggest win,” he concluded.