From being in the wilderness due to injury to battling for titles on a regular basis, it turned out to be a dramatic year for Kidambi Srikanth.
It was his courage and conviction that brought about this turnaround, and made it the “best phase of his career.”
The Indian male badminton stars, in recent years, have lived in the shadows of their more illustrious women compatriots. For long Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu have been the torch-bearers of the sport in the country.
Srikanth’s rise indicates a steady growth in the sport, across genders.
A workaholic on the court, the youngster from Hyderabad has benefited from his long hours of training at the Gopichand Academy, and higher-ranked players have been surprised by his tenacity on court.
Toughening up mentally has helped him in his rise, and Srikanth accepts that the change in the mentality of Indian players have helped them in making a mark on the global stage.
“It is not just me, it is same with all the Indian shuttlers. We are a lot more tougher mentally now and that is really helping us,” Srikanth informed Sportstar after he won the Paris Masters.
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