Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi is an Indian shuttler who was born on 7 February, 1993 at Ravulapalem in Andhra Pradesh, India. He started playing the sport in 2001 at Guntur and has come a long way. Having made his International debut in the year 2011. He currently holds in top 10 in the world rankings for men's singles Badminton. The 25 year old Kidambi trains under the renowned coach Pullela Gopichand at Hyderabad and has won over 200 matches in his professional career till date.
Srikanth was born in a middle class family as a son of a farmer (landlord). He was inspired to play Badminton from his elder brother Kidambi Nandagopal who is a player of the sport himself. Having receiving support from his father, around the year 2002 Srikanth moved to Visakhapatnam to improve himself at the Sports Academy of Andhra Pradesh. He along with his brother trained there for two years until they moved to Khammam along with their coach, Sudhakar Reddy.
Rise to glory
Srikanth was lazy and a bit careless long before becoming a great he is today. He lacked focus over his diet, his exercise sessions and over the game. A short while after he was admitted to the Pullela Gopichand Academy, the coach forced him to start playing singles instead of doubles that he was used to. He was forced to make many changes as a player and once again motivated by his brother, he became disciplined and started to improve his singles game.
His first big achievement came in 2011 when he bagged the silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games after which he won 2 golds at the All India Junior International Badminton Championship. The following year Kidambi claimed the singles title at the Maldives International Challenge.
While Srikanth Kidambi was grabbing medals every year from 2011, in 2014 he pulled something spectacular that was never done by any Indian before. He after defeating Lin Dan 2 back to back matches because the winner and the first Indian to win the men's title in the China Open Super Series Premier. As he himself recalled, defeating his idon Lin Dan to win such a prestigious title was the most memorable moment of his career.
The worst of him was the beginnings themselves. As mentioned previously, he was careless and a slacker. After joining Pullela Gopichand Academy, Srikanth's performance was poor and he struggled even against junior players. He also started missing sessions until he was forced on the right track by his coach as well as his brother. And while he has been a consistent performer, he struggled in the later half of the year 2015 when he faced early defeats in many competitions.
Srikant aged 25 already has lots of medals under his belt. He has been in the top 10 world rankings since a long time now and even topped those rankings in the April of 2018. He represents India for Badminton men's singles and was also bought by PBL team Bengaluru Raptor where he plays in the same category.