DATE- 18th JUNE 2017.
Occassion- 1- Champions Trophy final – India vs Pakistan
2- Hockey world league semi-final- India vs Pakistan
3- Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title – K Srikanth vs Kazumasa Sakai
Focus: Perhaps in the order that I have mentioned the matches above. India Vs Pakistan is a match which is never just a match.. All eyes are glued to cricket only, specially if it is the final of the Champions Trophy.
But my focus was what was happening almost 12,000 km away , In Jakarta .
It was the Indonesian open Super Series final where Indian Kidambi Srikanth, defying all odds reached the finals . He was up against Japanese qualifier Kazumasa Sakai and after just 37 minutes, history was made.
Srikanth won the title in a comprehensive manner in straight games 21-11 21-19. It was his second super series tittle of the year. He earlier won the Singapore Open
Srikanth started off cautiously and played with patience. His timing and selection of shots gave him an upper hand in the match right from word go. Once he captured the first game, there was no looking back for the world number 22. ( He will now rise to his career high ranking of world no.2 when the next BWF Rankings are released. )
Smash after smash , net after net, the variation of his shots never gave his opponent a chance to raise his game , despite being ahead in the second game.
Road to the finals-
Srikanth beat some top notch players to reach the grand finale, including world number one – Son Wan Ho in the last 4.
Highlight of the Tournament-
First Indian shuttler to win the prestigious Indonesia Open.
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Born in 1993 in Andhra Pradesh, he made his international debut in 2008. he however, first came into light at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games when he fetched a Silver Medal. From there , he has gone from strength to strength, becoming only the third Indian male player to enter the top 5 in the world badminton ranking after legendary Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand. Not only this, he achieved the feat in grand style when he handed two-time Olympic gold medallist Lin Dan a defeat in China Open that he went on to win in 2014.
His Achievements so far
– Won the China Open Super Series Premier in 2014, beating champion Lin Dan for the title
– Won the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold in 2013
– Won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, in 2015
– Won two gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games, in men’s team and men’s singles
- Won a silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2011
This win has surely given him a major boast for his future tournament.
India lost to Pakistan in the final of the Champions trophy
India Beat Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey world league semi-finals to reach the last 8