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Sachin Tendulkar predicted Kidambi Srikanth's rise as BWF World number 1 in 2015

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Published Apr 23, 2018, 12:50 pm IST
Updated Apr 23, 2018, 12:50 pm IST
Srikanth recently reached the top of the ranking becoming the first Indian male shuttler to do so.
Srikanth took to twitter and thanked cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for his ‘kind words’ back in 2015 which help him reach the top. (Photo: Twitter)
 Srikanth took to twitter and thanked cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for his ‘kind words’ back in 2015 which help him reach the top. (Photo: Twitter)

Mumbai: The name Kidambi Srikanth, is currently the man to watch out for in the badminton circle. The Pullela Gopichand Academy shuttler became World No. 1 two weeks back,

Srikanth recently won a gold medal in mixed team event at Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia. He went onto clinch silver in singles competition, losing to Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei in the final.

 

Inspite of such a tremendous effort, the Indian shuttler reign at the top did not last long as he slipped a massive four places to be placed at fifth position in the new world rankings, which was  released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday, April 19.

Inspite of slip, the ace shuttler took to twitter and thanked cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for his ‘kind words’ back in 2015 which help him reach the top.

He posted a picture with the former cricketer and said, “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.”

 

After Saina Nehwal, Srikanth  become only the second Indian and the first Indian male shuttler to achieve the feat in modern ranking system.

Srikanth,  overtook World Champion Viktor Axelsen at the top of rankings before giving away the top spot to the Dane yet again. The Andhra Pradesh player, was in red hot form last year, when he won four Super Series titles – Indonesia, Australia, Denmark and France .

 

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