Kidambi Srikanth claims top spot in Badminton World Federation rankings

Kidambi Srikanth

Kidambi Srikanth

Srikanth, who replaced the mighty Dane, became only the first male player from India in the modern era of BWF Rankings and third overall to achieve this exceptional feat after the legendary Prakash Padukone achieved the feat before the modern ranking was introduced.

Srikanth, who is now the top seed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games badminton men's singles, defeated Sri Lanka's Niluka Karunaratne 2-0 (21-10, 21-10) in just 33 minutes to reach the quarterfinals.

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The 25-year old player surpassed Denmark's Viktor Axelsen by gaining 76,895 points at the table.

India's new-age badminton champion Srikanth Kidambi has become number one in the world, according to Badminton World Federation.

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"There has been a lot of talk about our women doing well, but now we will have a men's No.1. I thank everyone for believing in me, and hope to inspire many other Indians to keep striving in their pursuit of excellence". Whatever happens from here, he will always know that he was ranked as the best in the world - that he has accomplished that goal. "It will help him focus more on winning tournaments".

Top seed Srikanth thrashed Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne 2-0 (21-10, 21-10) in just 33 minutes at the Carrara Sports Arena here. The Commonwealth Games is on, and this year also holds the Asian Games. A meeting transpired between the future coach and protege, and the two Kidambi brothers eventually joined the Gopichand Academy. He won his first Super Series title at the China Open in 2014 beating one of the greatest players in badminton history, Lin Dan. Srikanth kept the pressure on Lee Chong once he got off to a good start.

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In another clash, Pranaav Chopra and N. Sikky Reddy defeated the Singapore team of Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Jia Ying Crystal WONG 21-19, 21-13 to make it to the next round of the mixed doubles event. I remember we used to lose to teams like Canada, England. He was a member of the Indian team that won the country's first mixed team gold medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia, and looks primed to win his first individual medal at the CWG as India's shuttlers promise a gold rush.

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