Advertisement
Thursday, Oct 21, 2021
Outlook.com

‘World No. 1 No Big Deal, Only Performance Matters’

Kidambi Srikanth in an exclusive interview to Outlook on winning individual silver at the Commonwealth Games, and tougher challenges ahead this year.

‘World No. 1 No Big Deal, Only Performance Matters’
Photograph by PTI
‘World No. 1 No Big Deal, Only Performance Matters’
outlookindia.com
2018-04-24T16:02:33+05:30

Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi etched his name in badminton record books by becoming only the second Indian to become men’s world No.1, after the legendary Prakash Padukone achieved the distinction in 1980 with his historic All-England triumph. And in the women’s category, Saina Nehwal had become world No.1 in April 2015.

The Hyderabad-based Srikanth attained the peak after beating the then No.6, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, in a singles match of the mixed team event that helped India win gold medal at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Srikanth, 25, again met Chong Wei, in the individual men’s singles final, but this time the Malaysian, 10 years older than him, exacted sweet revenge. The consolation for Srikanth was that the silver was his maiden CWG medal. Srikanth, who was No.2 going into the Commonwealth Games, says his aim is not to chase rankings and that putting up good performances has always been his priority.

This year, Srikanth has some crucial back-to-back...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

From The Editor's Desk | Shah Rukh Khan: Look At Him Looking At You

Shah Rukh Khan's portrait from the Ommatidia series by Pakistani artist Rashid Rana.

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

J&K Police Seize All Two-Wheelers On Kashmir Roads In Sudden Move

Bikers were spotted waiting outside police stations till late evening in Jammu and Kashmir with cops offering no explanation.

Football Risks Losing Its Appeal, Warns FIFA Chief Gianni Infantino

Football Risks Losing Its Appeal, Warns FIFA Chief Gianni Infantino

Infantino made it clear that his organisation — a behemoth in the world of sports — is not solely guided by revenue.

WHO, World Leaders Laud India's 100 Crore Covid Vaccination Landmark

WHO, World Leaders Laud India's 100 Crore Covid Vaccination Landmark

India’s historic 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination landmark is being lauded globally, with WHO appreciating the country’s efforts in combating the pandemic.

Advertisement