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Peter Gade excited to see revolution in Indian badminton

first_imgFormer World no.1 Peter Gade spoke glowingly of Kidambi Srikanth, who has climbed to the second spot in the world rankings on the back of four Super Series titles this year. Hailing his consistency, Gade believed it would be unfair to read his wins as a mere purple patch and that he deserves every bit of his top billing.Speaking to India Today in Mumbai, Gade did add that Srikanth will have to continue improving to keep legends like Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei at bay, who may still have some fire left in them.Excerpts…INDIAN BADMINTON REVOLUTIONI am very excited to see the revolution in Indian badminton. I can see the great passion while I am here. It’s mainly because of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Srikanth. This is the time to seize for Indian badminton. I believe what we are seeing is only the beginning. Everybody is crazy about badminton currently.SRIKANTH DESERVING WORLD NO.2 Srikanth has shown for the past 3 or 4 years that he is men’s singles’ future. I think men’s singles is going through a transition phase. We still see some of the older players like Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei and we have the younger lot like Victor Axelsen and Kento Momota and Srikanth. It’s quite an open field for me because anyone can beat anyone in the top 20 so it’s more open than in the past. Srikanth is one of the players taking the lead and hopefully for Indian badminton he will be a part of small group forming who can win Olympics.advertisementSRIKANTH WILL FACE TOUGHER COMPETITION IN FUTURELike I said before, we are in a transition phase. When we had Taufik Hidayat and I, there was this group of 4 or 5 players rarely losing, very rarely not failing to make semis. Now you have more players and it’s more open. I still think Srikanth will have to improve to beat players like Lin Dan and Lee Chong and Momota. Srikanth has been very good in taking chances and openings in draws, which is a sign of maturity and of moving to the next level. But he will have tough competitors in the future.CAN LIN DAN AND LEE CHONG WEI DO WHAT FEDERER AND NADAL ARE DOING IN TENNISI think they have the possibility of winning again. It’s for them to decide how their future should be. We all know their qualities. They have left an imprint on singles for many years. Let’s see what they can pull out for the next few years or at the Olympics. They have the control to that. They are really good friends of mine and I wish them the best.WOMEN’S BADMINTON EXCITINGI think women’s singles is very exciting at the moment. There are lot of different personalities. We can see they are 100 percent committed to this. Okuhara, Sindhu, Marin, Ratchanok. Hopefully they can make each other better and we can have some good rivalries on court to entertain the badminton fans. That’s what it’s all about.last_img read more

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