Pullela Gopichand should get the credit for my success: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth heaped praise on his coach and mentor, Pullela Gopichand, saying he is the one who should get all the credit for Kidambi’s success.On Sunday, Srikanth became the first Indian and only the fourth male shuttler in history to win four Super Series titles in a calendar year when he beat Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final at the French Open.”He has been my greatest mentor. He is the one who should get the credit for my wins. I am very thankful to him, for all his guidance for the last eight years,” he said in an exclusive chat with India Today.WATCH VIDEOAfter following his brother to the Gopichand Academy back in 2008, the now 24-year-old has not looked back. “When you have so many top level players at the same place and you play against them, you definitely improve. There is definitely a lot of scope for improvement,” he said when asked about training with the likes of HS Prannoy and B. Sai Praneeth.Very happy with the way I played in the last couple of weeks and a big thanks to everyone of my team for taking a very good care of me. pic.twitter.com/oQTi8ZmTcW- Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) October 30, 2017″It’s just not about the last seven to eight months. It’s more like the last five to six years and what we have been doing. The amount of hard work we have put in the last five years is helping us achieve these (wins),” he added.advertisementAfter an ankle injury earlier in the year, he came back stronger to win four SuperSeries titles. The journey, he recalls, was not easy.Srikanth is a huge Roger Federer fan and he sought inspiration from the way the tennis legend came back from an injury.”That was the biggest break I have got from badminton. I am very big fan of Roger Federer and he was also injured in the Wimbledon last year and then he was out of competitive tennis. But he came back this year by winning the Australian Open title straightaway. He is a very big inspiration. I really want to follow him and take inspiration from him and I think did well”Srikanth thanked his physios who helped get back onto the court, “After the injury, in my recovery part, my physios took very good care of me and I am very thankful to them. If I am able to play my 100%, it is because of them.”Srikanth has plenty of badminton still to play this year with the China and Hong Kong Open coming up followed by the BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Dubai.”I have the China Open and Hong Kong Open in November. So I am focusing on really doing well in those two tournaments before I start thinking about the SuperSeries finals,” he said.”The SuperSeries final is definitely a very big tournament and I really want to do well there but after the Hong Kong Open, I will have those two weeks of training period before I go in to the SuperSeries finals,” he said.last_img

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