Sindhu does it in just 37 minutes …by Shailesh

Only last week,chief national badminton coach and former All England Champion Pullela Gopichand slammed current badminton system in India where he cited lack of control over players.He had a reason for his remarks as performance of his lads were not upto the mark this year.Only noteworthy win was by Saina Nehwal who captured Indonesia Masters Super 500 event early in January courtesy Carolina Marin’s withdrawal in the final.There was unexpected triumph for SatwikSaiRaj RankiReddy and Chirag Shetty who became the first Indian pair to win BWF Super 500 event by winning Thailand Open last month.

P V Sindhu struggled for form throughout the year failing to reach the final of BWF events.She even lost to Saina Nehwal in National Championships in Guwahati.However when it matters most,Sindhu always delivers.In the just concluded World Championships in Basel,she had won all her matches convincingly except against former world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in quarterfinals where she came back from a game down to win.Both in semis and final she beat higher ranked opponents with ease to claim the yellow metal.She also avenged her 2017 loss to Nozomi Okuhara by thrashing her in the final on Sunday.Sindhu became the first ever Indian to win a gold medal at prestigious World Championships.
She will now aim to carry her form till next year and target elusive gold medal at Tokyo Olympics.
Among men,B Sai Praneeth also became the first Indian after Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a medal at Worlds.Sai won bronze medal after losing to world no.1 Kento Momota in straight games.Sai also silenced his critics particularly H S Prannoy who slammed the selection commitee for ignoring him for Arjuna award.Prannoy however had a good win against former champion Lin Dan earlier in the week.Kidambi Srikanth’s poor form continued as he once again bowed out early.He has been pathetic the past two years.
Sindhu’s win will definitely lift other youngsters now and they will aim to win many more tournaments in future.Hope Indian badminton reach at all time high in the coming days.
Shailesh Padhye for Sportsnasha.com