kidambi Srikanth he won some major matches in his career, but it’s not often that the normally reserved Indian badminton ace screams for joy and slams his racket against the badminton court in delight.
India’s victory in the Thomas Cup this year, however, unleashed a never-before-seen cheerful side for the Hyderabadi shuttle.
“It got a little out of hand,” said Srikanth, who by his own admission remains calm after his victories olympics.com. “The energy of the day from the crowd and the dugout drew this celebration.”
India faced 14-time champions Indonesia in the final, a team that went undefeated until the title decider.
After Lakshya Sen and Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy gave India a 2-0 lead, Kidambi Srikanth, former world No. 1 and India captain in the 2022 Thomas Cup, had to win the title and deny the dangerous Indonesian team a way back to a draw.
Having faced higher-ranked Jonathan Christie in his last match, Kidambi Srikanth was the picture of concentration throughout the match, right up to the winning point. And then Srikanth broke free before cheering teammates joined him.
“It was a very close match that could have been the deciding factor for Team India. I really had to win,” said Kidambi Srikanth, world No. 11, who upset eighth-ranked Christie, writing a script for Indian sports history.
Kidambi won the first game 21-15 against Jonathan Christie, but was pushed to the limit in the second game. Kidambi Srikanth defeated Jonathan Christie 23:21 to lead India to its first Thomas Cup title.
“Six months ago no one would have thought that India would win the Thomas Cup… I think the pressure of this match, this championship, has displaced that emotion,” said Kidambi Srikanth.
Video about India’s Thomas Cup victory?
Asked if a film could be made about India’s Thomas Cup triumph, Kidambi Srikanth, himself a big movie buff, said: “If anyone is really thinking about it, they should do it because it’s a very big win for India in badminton.
“In India, no one really dreamed of winning the Thomas Cup. So I would be very happy if there was a Thomas Cup movie.”
On a lighter note, Kidambi Srikanth also joked that potential filmmakers should consider the players themselves for their respective roles. “We went through the emotions ourselves, so I think we should play our part.”
Srikanth also revealed that the band received a message of congratulations from S.S. Rajamouliblockbuster director Baahubali movies after a historic Thomas Cup victory in Thailand.
“Maybe I should pitch him the idea of ??a possible film the next time I meet him,” Srikanth smiled.
India team for the Commonwealth Games
World Cup silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth also believes India has the right players to win all the badminton gold medals at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. “The players who are part of the team have the potential to win gold medals.”
Kidambi Srikanth noted, however, that the biggest challenge for Indian players will be to maintain consistency throughout the tournament.
“These big events are like two-week tournaments. So if we can maintain consistency for about 15 days, I definitely feel we have the right team to win. ”
While the focus will be on the Commonwealth Games this year, Srikanth has admitted his long-term goal is to win a gold medal for India at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I really want to do well at the Commonwealth Games and then at the World Championships… But my goal is to win gold in Paris 2024,” said Srikanth, who missed his plane to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.