02 July, 2017
Since returning home to Hyderabad on Monday, Srikanth - a pupil of Indian badminton great Pullela Gopichand - has been promised a cash prize or Rs 50 lakhs by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, as well as an offer of a Group 1 officer post as well. Also present at the ocassion was coach Pullela Gopichand.
Srikanth's exploits in Sydney helped him to grab the No.8 place in BWF men's single rankings. "We have a chance for sure but we have to be 100 per cent on that day and every match", Srikanth told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation program by Sports Minister Vijay Goel.
Among other Indian male shuttlers, B Sai Praneeth has moved up a position to be 15th, while Ajay Jayaram lost a spot to be 16th. "Srikanth has recently won two big events".
Asked about his first-ever victory, in six encounters, over the current World and Olympic champion Chen Long in the Australian Open final, Srikanth said: "This time, I was more confident against Chen Long mainly due to my fine run of success before the final". His success is a reflection of his hard work and that of his coach. I am visiting all the academies. "I will be delighted to meet and honour him, even Gopichand has constantly given us the best players with the best coaching and guidance".
"I thank the government of India, Sports Ministry and SAI for all the help".
Shrikanth Kidambi thanked shri Goel for his proactive approach to help players and encourage them not only on social media but also his efforts on ground to create sports culture across India. "We sometimes blame the government for the failure and I think it is time to acknowledge for its role".