Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by sameerph » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:14 pm

Restarting the debate ? For me he was world class after he won earlier set of super series titles early this year. Let others who have more stringent criteria for world class comment. :D

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by prasen9 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:16 pm

Nope :-) Just creating trouble :-) That is my self-assigned role here.

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by jayakris » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:24 am

Why did we not discuss him at all in this thread for over 2 years between 2015 and 2017?? Actually just 1 post in the 2.5 year period between late 2014 when he broke out, till this summer. What happened?

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by sameerph » Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:55 am

Because he fell of the cliff in the intervening period. Did not win much and dell from # 5 to outside top 30 in the ranking. This year he is back on the rise and in a big way.

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by jayakris » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:12 am

I guess the years without an Asiad or Olympics is typically when our sportsmen decide to do well and become unbeatable :) ... Hopefully he won't fall off the cliff for 3 years, but that's a long time :(

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Re: Srikanth Kidambi - WR #2 in November 2017

Post by sameerph » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:26 am

True. Despite the loss of form, he was doing pretty well in Rio Olympics, beat Jorgensen and came close to beating Lin Dan in the QF. Just got a bit nervous in the end and lost a few key points.

I think he has become much stronger this year mentally and physically looking at his consistent results at this level. But, yes 3 years is a long time and anything can happen. First target should be to win an Asiad medal next year. That would be an achievement close to winning an Olympic medal in badminton.

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