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Sachin Tendulkar told me that I will be World No 1: Kidambi Srikanth

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 25 Apr, 2018
Image Courtesy: Srikanth Kidambi/Twitter

Srikanth Kidambi, who reached pinnacle point in the BWF World Rankings two weeks ago, thanked Sachin Tendulkar in his twitter post for his ‘kind words’ in 2015 which made him to work harder to reach the top spot.

CWG silver medallist tweeted, “I am honoured to meet you sir. I still remember in 2015 when you told me that I will become World No.1 and that made me work much harder. Thank you sir @sachin_rt for your kind words.”

The 25-year-old replaced the Danish player Viktor Axelsen with 76,895 points on the BWF World Rankings chart. The latter, lost 1660 points as he skipped few tournaments due to injury and couldn’t defend the Malaysia Open title which he won last year. The last Malaysian Open took place between April 4 and 9 in 2017. The event stands postponed this year.

The Guntur lad was supposed to be on the numero uno spot last year, but couldn’t make it, due to skipping few year-end tournaments, notwithstanding winning four super series titles -  Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, France - in 2017.

In this modern era of badminton, Srikanth will be the second Indian to join the club of elite players after Saina Nehwal, who has reached the top spot in 2015. And, Saina remains the only Indian girl markedly, to have achieved the feat.

It was Prakash Padukone from India who bagged the World No. 1 rank in 1980, after winning the top three tournaments when computerised rankings were not implemented, and now, Srikanth will be the second Indian men to reach the top spot in the Indian badminton history.

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