Amidst the Kaveri river dispute and IPL tensions, 25-year-old ace badminton shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has brought glory to the nation by becoming World’s No.1 Badminton player under men’s single category. The Badminton World Federation had announced this revised ranking on April 12, 2018. The No.1 spot followed him after qualifying himself for the quarter-finals of Commonwealth games in men’s singles badminton category.
Srikanth has won 11 super series titles throughout his career among which four of them were won in a single year. In the year 2017, he had won four super series titles- Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, and France. He was also conferred with Padma Shri, India’s third highest civilian award.
He replaced Viktor Axelson of Denmark who was formerly World No.1 player.
Kidambi Srikanth is the second Indian player to achieve this feat after Saina Nehwal grabbed the no.1 spot in the year 2015.
He is currently training in Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy under the guidance of Pullela Gopichand who is an Arjuna Awardee himself. Gopichand is extremely elated with this news and deems it as a great achievement for Indian badminton.
On interviewing Srikanth about his achievement, he was not startled and was extremely cool about this. He considers this as yet another title in his badminton career. He relies on consistent hard-work and good performance and victory are inevitable. He had worked extremely hard to take his position from world no.338 to no.1 and claims that the journey of this success was amazing for him. He aims to bring India an Olympic gold medal in badminton.
Srikanth’s sportsmanship and down to earth behavior definitely serves as an inspiration to the youth out there and would pave way for many badminton aspirants to take p the sport with utmost passion and sincerity.