Sports fraternity praises Sindhu for silver show

Legendary sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar and Leander Paes took to social media to congratulate the valiant effort by the Hyderabad girl.

Sindhu lost the summit show, that lasted for one hour and 50 minutes, 19-21 22-20 20-22 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The sports fraternity of India hailed P.V. Sindhu for winning silver at the World Badminton Championship in Glasgow on Sunday.

Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone waxed lyricals about Sindhu's performance. "I would personally consider this the best ever performance by an Indian sportsperson in the history of Indian sport even though Sindhu finished runner-up in the event," Padukone said.

"Sindhu showed a tremendous amount of grit and determination, fighting qualities, a never-say-die attitude and stamina in a nail-biting encounter.

"Both players displayed very high quality badminton and never gave up till the end. All aspiring youngsters would do well to emulate the qualities displayed by these two players.

Hats off to Sindhu. You have done Indian badminton proud. Keep up the good work until you get the gold. It is only a matter of time before you achieve your goal," he added.

From Vijay Goel (Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports) to Virender Sehwag, everybody poured in with their wishes on Twitter.

“You will be our golden girl, no matter what. Nail biting match by warrior Sindhu. The nation is proud of you,” said Goel. Former India cricketer Sehwag said, “Pusarla Venkata Sindhu — remember the name. A role model for a generation, aged 22. India is proud of you.”

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes, who understands the nuances of racquet sports better than many, wrote, “Watching two of our champions on the podium is such a proud feeling.”

Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who had once guided the team to a dream victory in the finals of NatWest ODI series against England in 2002, labelled Sindhu’s performance as inspiring. “You are an inspiration P.V. Sindhu. What an epic display of badminton skills that was. Privileged to watch. Thank you,” he said.

Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote, “Two of India’s finest in badminton bring home a silver and a bronze at the World Badminton Championships. Congratulations P.V. Sindhu and Saina.” Sunil Chhetri, the star India footballer, revealed he once again became a fan “You have done all of us so proud. I have become a fan wice over now. Rest well and I know you will come back stronger,” he wrote.

 

Sindhu lost the summit show, that lasted for one hour and 50 minutes, 19-21 22-20 20-22 to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. She had won bronze twice in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Nehwal, on the other hand, had to settle with bronze after going down 21-12 17-21 10-21 to Okuhara in the semi-final clash.