Kidambi Srikanth: The Only male Badminton participant for India at the Olympics


It was in London 2012, before Saina Nehwal ensured a bronze for the nation, Parupalli Kashyap sizzled everyone to deliver the best ever performance by an Indian at the Olympics as he paved his way into the Quarter finals. Though he only finished in the final 8 but his performance and heroics were highly praised.

In the last 2 or 3 years two young Turks have also emerged on the Indian Mens Badminton scene Ajay Jayaram and Kidambi Srikanth. Both the Young stars have impressed the Indian fans with their stellar performances in the recent times and have even surpassed the achievements of Parupalli Kashyap.

The most notable name among these two is Kidambi Srikanth, the only representative from India in Mens Badminton Championship at the Olympics. Unlike Kashyap he will have a huge burden on his shoulders to perform well at the Olympics as the hopes are high for the Indian contingent this time.

Player Profiled

Kidambi Srikanth is the ace badminton player who was born in Gujarat and currently lives in Hyderabad where he has received Training from the Esteemed Gopichand Badminton Academy. He excelled brilliantly after the completion of the London Olympics. He has two titles to his name that includes the Indian Open and is the only is the only male shuttler to claim the highly rated Swiss open Title.

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He is currently the highest rated Indian men in the badminton rankings and also hold the prestige of holding the third rank which is the highest ever by any Indian.

The one for the future

Though the optimistic can say about his medal bet but it will be too much to expect from this young lad as he has to overcome the three giants of the badminton World, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Chen Long.

Jayaram will be missed

Even though Kidambi Srikanth has proven him from time to time and is the highest ranked Indian player in Mens badminton but the Indian fans will miss the formidable force of Ajay Jayaram. Jayaram has made a name for himself by winning several titles, but the current dip in form ended his hope to play in his first ever Olympics that means that Srikanth will be the only one carrying the Indian flag in Badminton Men’s championship at the Olympics.



Priyadarshan Singh Chouhan is an Editor at Playcaper. He joined Playcaper after working as a freelancer online & specialises in cricket and football.

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