Srikanth aims to maintain consistency

World No. 1 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the CWG final, where he won silver, was a tough one and he should have done better.

World No. 1 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the CWG final, where he won silver, was a tough one and he should have done better.   -  AFP

 

The newly-crowned World No. 1 shuttler Kidambi Srikanth feels the ranking is just a number that everyone dreams to achieve, it is special in anybody’s career.

Speaking at Gopi Chand Badminton Academy here on Tuesday, Srikanth — who had to settle for a silver in men’s singles against Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei in the final of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast — said he didn’t know that he was the sixth player in men’s singles to achieve this rank since 2009. “It is a special feeling no doubt. Can’t forget that. But consistency is what I should be looking at in the days to come for once you achieve this, rankings are bound to stay,” he said.

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Srikanth asserted that the final was a tough one and he lost his way after having played well in the first set and the first-half of the second set. “Then, he started dominating. I should have done better. But he has the experience to pull off tough matches and was a deserving winner,” he said.

“Like Gopi sir said, the credit for this memorable campaign in the CWG goes to the doubles players and we are all proud of Ashwini Ponnappa for the way she rose to the occasion every time the team looked at her,” Srikanth added.

“It was a fantastic two weeks for Indian badminton. We, the players, are all grateful to the wonderful support staff who have ensured that we were there — mentally and physically,” he signed off.