| Mumbai |
Printed: November 29, 2017 10:33 am
Coming to the top of a stellar season during which Kidambi Srikanth gained 4 Tremendous Collection titles, the shuttler now finds himself struggling to be match for on the World Tremendous Collection Finals in Dubai subsequent month. A packed schedule noticed the 24-year-old enjoying constantly since October 18, however solely till the senior nationwide championships in Nagpur earlier this month when he aggravated a leg damage. For all the large strides India has taken on the worldwide badminton circuit, overexertion is now turning into a priority.
“They’re definitely playing more tournaments than required,” says former world no 1 Prakash Padukone. “The Indian players need to be careful not to pick too many events. Fatigue and injuries are the two things that can result from playing too many tournaments. It’s important to strike the right balance between training and the number of tournaments you play.”
Srikanth picked up the damage on the Nationals regardless of enjoying solely 12 tour occasions. Final yr, he had performed 16, however extra so to realize a better rank for the Rio Olympics.
The 2018 season therefore turns into all of the extra essential due to the Commonwealth Video games and notably the Asian Video games. And it makes the tour much more hectic, scheduling smart, as the one means for gamers to get time without work to get better might be by skipping occasions. “Apart from Denmark, all the big countries will be at the Asian Games, so that will be like a World Championship,” Padukone says. “You have to focus on the big events and work backwards. Schedule your tournaments in such a way that you reach your peak in that particular week. That’s the most important thing.”
Padukone cites PV Sindhu’s run to the silver medal on the Rio Video games final yr for example. The 22-year-old had taken a six-week break earlier than the quadrennial occasion and ended up turning into solely the second shuttler from the nation to face on the Olympic podium. “She wasn’t doing too well and took some time off before Rio, but peaked at the right time because the main target was always the Olympics,” he provides. “There’s no guarantee that if you do that (skip tournaments), you will win. But it’ll give you the best chance of playing to your potential in the big events.”
Sindhu continued her wonderful run this yr as effectively, successful two Tremendous Collection titles and a Grand Prix Gold occasion. She additionally picked up her third World Championship medal, incomes a silver after an epic 110-minute last in opposition to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. The outcomes took her to as excessive as world no 2, the identical rank Srikanth had achieved after his wins.
The pair, nevertheless, have since dropped a spot after Srikanth skipped the Tremendous Collection in China and Hong Kong, and Sindhu misplaced within the last of the latter occasion. Padukone, nevertheless, isn’t too involved in regards to the rankings. “I’ve always maintained that while ranking is important, it is not the only thing,” he says. “If your ranking goes down for one or two weeks, let it be. The important thing should be winning the important tournaments. All England, the World Championships, Olympics, Super Series Finals…”
After successful the French Open in October, Srikanth rose to world no 2. He was on the verge of turning into the primary Indian males’s singles gamers since Padukone to succeed in the highest of the world leaderboard. A win in China would have sealed the achievement, however for the leg damage on the Nationals.
Curiously sufficient, present world no 1 Viktor Axelsen pulled out of the Hong Kong Open to get better from an an infection to his little toe and put together for the Tremendous Collection Finals – simply as Srikanth has performed.
“Srikanth has taken the right decision to skip tournaments and given himself a few weeks to prepare for the Finals,” says Padukone. “He could have played in China and Hong Kong, but he can get ranking points in the Finals and still get to no. 1 by winning the event.”