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Printed: February 13, 2018 1:19 am
Satwik and Chirag beat high Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. (Supply: File)
Malaysian Kim Tan Her has taken on the mantle of bettering India’s badminton doubles. India’s lack of custom could be blamed on inadequate assist, however coach Tan insists there was a reluctance from younger gamers from taking on doubles and permitting coaches to determine pairings, in addition to the absence of world-class performances. Not like in tennis, badminton doubles isn’t merely about splitting the workload. Shuttle doubles calls for larger pace and hinges vastly on energy.
Energy is an element that holds Indians again in tennis globally, and it’s what stays a problem for younger Indian doubles pairings making an attempt to interrupt by. Coach Tan will return from Kuala Lumpur after a brief break, for getting ready the Indians for the Commonwealth Video games, and takes questions on yet one more so-so doubles outing as India crashed out within the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Group Championships. Excerpts:
What had been the takeaways from the Badminton Asia Group Championships?
I used to be fairly happy with a number of the males’s performances. Particularly in opposition to Indonesia, who received the championship. It was the primary time we might beat a high Indonesian pair of (Mohammad) Ahsan and (Kevin Sanjaya) Sukamuljo. Although they don’t seem to be an everyday pair, they’re nonetheless amongst the world’s greatest gamers individually. Even (MR) Arjun and Shlok (Ramchandran) did nicely as a second pair. I’m pleased with the juniors. Manu (Attri) and Sumeeth (Reddy) had been OK. Total there’s enchancment, however this course of takes time.
What do Manu and Sumeeth have to work on?
Everybody has to enhance. However particularly, Manu and Sumeeth want to present energy to the partnership. Doubles badminton is all about energy — explosive energy are the 2 most necessary phrases in males’s doubles. This pairing has good understanding between themselves and are fairly good at rotation. Solely downside is energy — particularly Sumeeth. He wants so as to add extra muscle and bulk up. In quick exchanges, energy is required in any other case you’ll be able to’t end the sport. Manu can work extra on his motion.
How quickly earlier than Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty take the subsequent step?
I’ll give them a 12 months and a half to make the Prime 15. As a pair, they’ve good energy. Satwik is especially sturdy. They’ve good consistency in ending, good serve, good receiving. However they’ve to enhance their defence. They don’t seem to be as compact as they need to be.
Satwik has numerous potential. What high quality of his units him aside?
As an expert coach, I search for just a few issues — character, perspective, potential and energy. After I first noticed this boy — he had good peak and self-discipline. I instructed him ‘I need your discipline and commitment’. However most significantly, I instructed him ‘you need to give me your time completely and I’ll make you a world champion’.
What about Chirag?
Chirag is a really clever participant, a sensible boy. Generally in sport, you want that additional intelligence with a view to make the choices within the ending of some extent. Chirag has no worry. He, after all, wants the assist of a superb coach to get stronger. Additionally, they’re a younger pair — and so they must be instructed why they must be doing sure issues, what sort of selections must be taken when and why. A few of their losses are all the way down to inexperience. However the defence is a really large downside. Since they’re younger, I solely see them bettering in power and energy. However they want one and a half years extra.
One of many largest disappointments in Malaysia was the ladies’s doubles scorelines. How do you fee Ashwini Ponappa-Sikki Reddy’s progress?
They’re senior gamers nevertheless it’s been solely round a 12 months and a half for the reason that pairing got here collectively. And they’re working exhausting on their rotation and defence. We’re concentrating on the Commonwealth Video games.
Ashwini is a silver medallist from final time with Jwala. At Gold Coast, how do you see India’s possibilities and are the Malaysians the largest challengers?
CWG may be very open. Malaysia and England will likely be sturdy. However I imagine if we’re nicely ready, we will again ourselves to win.
What had been the challenges of teaching India?
After I got here to India, the primary problem I noticed was that right here gamers selected their very own companions — it’s not what occurs while you construct a top-class pair. Right here the main focus was on singles, after which gamers begin pondering of doubles later. However I’m grateful to SAI, BAI and Gopichand for the chance to alter the system right here.
Can Indians match the Asian powerhouses?
I’ve educated prior to now in Korea. And albeit, doubles in Asia is an influence recreation needing power and explosive bursts. Indians, in the meanwhile, can’t compete with the Chinese language, Koreans, Indonesians and even the Chinese language Taipei pairs taking part in their fashion. What we will do is prepare in response to technique and techniques. I’ve coached in England too and I wish to use the European mannequin. Wanting on the physique construction and realizing that Indians can’t at present play just like the Asians, I believe we have to attempt coaching the European manner.
India’s first main doubles success got here with Jwala-Diju in combined doubles. How does India go ahead in combined with Sikki and Pranaav?
After I got here right here, Sikki was taking part in with another person, and so they had been struggling to win even 1 Star tournaments. Gamers don’t all the time know who they’ll type good pairings with. It wants a 3rd eye to see what is going to click on. Up to now, we will see Sikki and Pranaav have made some progress.
Ashwini is bodily a really sturdy participant, and I requested her why she performs just one occasion? She must be taking part in each combined and girls’s doubles. Satwik is the very best participant to play with. Each are proficient as a pair and dealing exhausting. They’ve scored some good wins and put up a superb present in opposition to World No. 1s. On the Olympics, there are 6 medals obtainable in doubles and three in singles. I simply need to make Indians realise that there are extra medals in doubles.
How do you fee your tenure to this point in India?
I’ve been in India for two years, four months. I’m comfortable I’ve been capable of mould the juniors. Some like Dhruv Kapila and Krishna Prasad have potential. However Indians must be affected person. Doubles is troublesome, and dominated by energy. It’ll take time to seek out top-level success, however I need the system to be sturdy and never about one odd proficient pair.
Sindhu performs doubles in staff occasions. How do you fee her doubles abilities?
She’s having fun with taking part in doubles, so it’s good. Final 2 years, she’s been taking part in in staff occasions and serving to the staff. Her precedence is clearly singles, nevertheless it’ll be a superb transfer if she drops in every now and then and devotes a couple of minutes only for doubles coaching. It’ll assist her singles abilities and sharpen her defence.
The place is India positioned at present in doubles?
Truthfully, Indians have an extended strategy to go in doubles — in abilities and energy. There’s nonetheless a very long time earlier than we are saying that any Indian could be counted as world-class. The gulf in requirements is one thing we have to work on. No level pondering we’ve received someplace until we really attain there.