PBL will prepare me for tough international calendar: Kashyap

After enduring a frustrating two-month long injury lay off, Parupalli Kashyap is now all set to make a comeback at next month’s Premier badminton League and the ace Indian shuttler said the tournament will provide him much-needed match practice and help his preparation for the new season.

A crucial tournament in the calendar for Kashyap next season will be defending his title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, starting on January 26.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

After enduring a frustrating two-month long injury lay off, Parupalli Kashyap is now all set to make a comeback at next month’s Premier badminton League and the ace Indian shuttler said the tournament will provide him much-needed match practice and help his preparation for the new season.

Kashyap suffered a torn calf muscle injury on his left leg during his second round match at the French Open Super Series in October, and then he had trouble with his right knee, something which further delayed his comeback.

“I’m better now. I have been playing for a week. It was a torn calf muscle in the left leg that healed in six weeks but then there were issues with my right knee as I probably exerted too much pressure on it. So that took another 10 days to heal and that’s why it got delayed,” said Kashyap.

“Otherwise I could have hit full training by now. Once you are injured and out for more than a month, then it is not easy to recover quickly. I lost weight and stamina and it is a slow process.

“It is good that PBL is happening. I can continue my programme during the event and it will be a good match practice for the important calendar ahead,” he added.

The injury not only derailed his international schedule but also crushed his dream of qualifying for the Dubai Super Series Final as he slipped out of the top 10 ranking after being World No. 8 in October.

“It was frustrating these two months. I missed on too many things in life, game wise and financially also. I was playing the best among Indians and I was close to qualifying for Super Series Final but it turned out completely different,” Kashyap said.

A crucial tournament in the calendar for Kashyap next season will be defending his title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, starting on January 26, but before that there is the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold at Penang beginning on January 19, a day after the PBL ends.

Asked if he will be playing Malaysia Masters, Kashyap said: “I have sent my entry but it depends on how I feel. Since I haven’t played for two months, PBL and Malaysia will be crucial in getting back to fitness.

“I can’t just be thinking only about Syed Modi event and skip PBL and Malaysia Super Series. I will have to get as much match practice as possible to be in the best shape possible for Syed Modi. Also, there is enough time to train after the Lucknow event as All England is only in March,” he added.