Write an Article

Lakshya more talented than I was at ten: Padukone

f

Lakshya Sen

Badminton legend Prakash Padukone is generally known to carefully weigh his words, especially when it concerns the abilities of his trainees. That’s why it comes as a surprise when he is effusive in his praise for young Lakshya Sen, the 10-year-old who won three titles at the Israel Junior International last week. Padukone said young Lakshya was perhaps even more talented than he (Padukone) was at that age. Lakshya won three crowns (singles, doubles and mixed doubles) in the under-11 category on Sunday.

Lakshya and elder brother Chirag have been trainees at the Padukone Academy for over a year now, and were early on marked as bright prospects. Padukone believes young Lakshya, if he retains his focus on the game, has the ability to become a top-class player.

“Lakshya is good, he’s one of the most talented players,” said Padukone, asked about the academy’s young trainee. “It’s important that we nurture him.   “It’s important that we nurture him.  (But) we don’t know how long he will remain (interested),” – indicating that it was impossible to predict how a player would eventually turn out. Lakshya is supported by Olympic Gold Quest, an organization that Padukone was instrumental in establishing.

Asked what about his game was so impressive, Padukone replied: “His overall game, his approach, his badminton intelligence, choice of strokes. I think he’s very mature for a boy of his age, which I don’t see in anyone else. His maturity level, the way he plays, his whole mental approach… of all the juniors, he will have the best chance of coming up, as of now.”

Asked if young Lakshya reminded him of his own game at that age, Padukone replied with a smile: “Maybe he’s more talented than I was at his age.”



China's Olympic medallists land in Hong Kong for three-day visit
Sindhu offers prayers at Mahankali temple in Hyderabad
5 Indian sports personalities who love dogs These Indian athletes turn to man's best friend when they need to take the pressure off themselves.
Haryana CM gets state's name wrong, says PV Sindhu is from Karnataka The Chief Minister was speaking at the ceremony felicitating Sakshi Malik.
Prakash Padukone feels that athletes and not just the administrators are accountable for India's poor showing at Rio Padukone expressed his views in a newspaper column.
Saina Nehwal aiming to complete her 9-week rehab programme, says coach Vimal Kumar Coach Vimal Kumar says Saina Nehwals only focus will be on a thorough rehab programme to get her strength back
Parupalli Kashyap set to return to action at next month's Indonesia Open This will be his 1st tournament in six months.
Saina Nehwal should be playing in 6-8 weeks: Coach Vimal Kumar The Indian shuttler will be expected to return to training in 6 to 8 weeks, according to coach Kumar.
PV Sindhu remains in the 10th spot despite getting a silver in Rio Olympics Saina Nehwal dropped four places to ninth, Kidambi Srikanth jumped a place to be 10th.
Will focus on Superseries, World No.1 is ultimate goal: Sindhu (IANS Interview)
India U-16 women footballers taking inspiration from Sindhu, Sakshi
The Olympics is not the end of the road for Jwala Gutta An insight on the journey and the technical aspects of the game of India's most successful doubles badminton player, Jwala Gutta.
Asean Olympic medalists get AirAsia fly-free bonanza
PV Sindhu flooded with gifts and awards worth Rs. 13 crore after her silver medal win at Rio 2016 PV Sindhu has been in the news for all the right reasons the past few days.
Sindhu, Gopi get rousing reception in Vijayawada
Sushil Kumar calls for former sportspersons to be a part of the system Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar Singh has spoken about his views on India's success in the future Olympic Games.
Chandrababu Naidu plays badminton with Sindhu
Sindhu reaches Vijayawada to a rousing reception
Sindhu leaves for Vijayawada, to be felicitated by Andhra
PV Sindhu has a coach I never had, says Pullela Gopichand's wife PVV Lakshmi The former shuttler feels that she was not lucky enough to have a coach like her own husband
Fetching more content...
Related articles