Srikanth has received the TOISA Badminton Player of the Year [People’s Choice] for his consistent performance in Badminton. The previous Indian recipient of this award was Prakash Padukone in 1980.
This 25-year old has taken the world by a storm. He started representing India in 2011 at the tender age of 18 and has brought seven laurels back home since then.
On April 12th in the ongoing CWG 2018, he won the mixed team gold and continues to play in the men’s singles.
He defeated the former champion, Viktor Axelson of Denmark, by 1425 points and took a lead of the ranking. Saina Nehwal was the first and previous Indian badminton player to ever top the charts. Srikanth has now joined her on that pedestal and has become the first men player to do so.
Srikanth gives the credit to his coach, Pullela Gopichand.
“Absolutely thrilled to be ranked WORLD NO 1. I would like to thank my coach Gopi Sir for believing in me and my support staff for always taking care of me. Through my journey, I have received immense support from the Government of India, Sports Authority of India and Government of Andhra Pradesh. My sponsors who believed in me and supported me throughout, Yonex, Bank of Baroda, Bridgestone and ITM University. Lastly all my fans, thanks to you for being theirs in my ups and downs :)”, Srikanth tweeted.
“This is a huge achievement for Srikanth as well as for Indian badminton”, Gopichand told media in Australia.
“There has been a lot of talk about our women doing well, but now we will have a men’s No.1. This will help Srikanth become more relaxed. Whatever happens from here, he will always know that he was ranked as the best in the world – that he has accomplished that goal. It will help him focus more on winning tournaments.”
Srikanth’s other commendable achievements include his World No. 2 ranking in November last year and being only the fourth in the world to win four Super Series titles – Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, and France.