Pullela Gopichand has called Kidambi Srikanth as one of the best players in the world and stating the latter's ability to adapt to different conditions is his greatest quality. Srikanth also praised his coach’s contribution by stating that Indian badminton would not have come this far without him.
2017 was a landmark year for Indian badminton as the players raised the bar to a whole new level especially Srikanth. The Guntur boy performed brilliantly throughout the year winning Indonesia Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open, and French Open and that helped him rise as high as the second rank in the world. He could have even launched a serious challenge to be the World No. 1 but, unfortunately, he failed to do so after picking up an injury during the National Championships.
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The recently concluded Premier Badminton League gave Indian players a platform to play with and against great international players like Viktor Axelsen, Tai Tzu Ying, and Carolina Marin among others. The national badminton coach has now set new targets for the 2018 and picked four major tournaments where he wants the Indian shuttlers to give their best.
“It's very important for me that India does well in the four important tournaments of the year, which for me are the All-England Championship, Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Asian Games. At the end of the day, these are tournaments were performances really matter. I believe that what we've seen in 2017 is that Srikanth is capable of fantastic results. What we need to do
Gopichand expressed his disappointment over the current system as he claimed that only a bunch of the players are competing on the higher level but they failed to develop a long-lasting procedure which can be helpful in engaging a young crop of players to the game.
“I think the great part of the last few years has been the success we've got. The unfortunate part
In the recent past, Indian shuttlers have managed to perform on the big platforms by going neck-to-neck with the foreign players. Nobody can question Gopichand's role in the development of Indian badmintom.
“He's the best I have trained under, for sure. He's been important for Indian badminton because if he had not started coaching, I don't think Indian badminton would have come this far. All the credit goes to him, and he's the most important person in Indian badminton,” Srikanth said.