With his Thailand Open GP Gold win earlier this year, Srikanth announced himself on the big stage. His performances at the IBL have cemented expectations that he is the player to watch in men’s singles.
Beginning with a win over senior compatriot Ajay Jayaram, Srikanth suffered a momentary slump in form before storming back. His destruction of Sai Praneeth at Balewadi was a stunning performance – Praneeth appeared shocked by the pace and intensity of his younger rival, and lost the match long before its conclusion.
Even in the matches Srikanth lost – to Lee Chong Wei and Vladimir Ivanov – he posed problems to both. The Guntur lad is likely to overtake many of his seniors as he surges up the rankings.