Indian Ace Shuttler Kidambi Srikant Puts CWG Gold Over World No.1 Ranking

| March 10 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

India’s highest ranked shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has said that his priority to remain fit for upcoming Commonwealth Games has usurped the chance of becoming world number 1 in badminton. The Commonwealth Games will take place in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.

"For me, winning a medal at the Commonwealth and Asian Games is more important. If I wanted to be World No 1 and not win tournaments (CWG or Asiad), I would have pushed myself to play China and Hong Kong Open last year after the French Open," said Srikanth, the current World No 3.

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"And the kind of form I was in, I would have managed to play quarter-finals in both the events and I would have gone on to become World No 1 but I wanted to win tournaments rather than think about rankings. So, I opted out of those tournaments and gave my body extra time to recover from injury," Srikanth said at the India Today Conclave.

Srikanth reaffirmed that India has not only has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the women badminton scene but in men’s as well. India has five players ranked in the top 20 in the world.

Srikanth has won four Superseries titles in 2017. However, he is yet to win the coveted All England Championships or an Olympic medal.