The Commonwealth Games gold rush, where Srikanth also partook to help win the team medal for India in Australia's Gold Coast, also endorses India's rise in a game that greatly tests physical stamina and skill sets. Srikanth, who plays in a fiercely competitive era with a crowded calendar, had a phenomenal 2017 when he won four Super Series titles, but couldn't get the top ranking due to skipping events from injury.
Malaysia's badminton king Lee Chong Wei was pushed all of the way by telephone 1 Kidambi Srikanth but prevailed 19-21 2114 21-14 to draw the curtain back on his own Commonwealth video games career with a third males's gold medal on Sunday. But the veteran Malay blew him away in the next two games as Srikanth went down 21-19, 14-21, 14-21 in an hour and five minutes.
With a wealth of experience behind him, the three-time Olympic silver medalist will start the gold medal match as favorite but he has to be at his best to fend away the threat from the in-form Indian shuttler. Piling errors and allowing the Malaysian a massive 7-1 lead in the decider, Srikanth nearly seemed to have given up.
The men's final of the Commonwealth Games saw Srikanth, the world number one, pitted against Chong Wei, the world number seven.
Srikanth, who has repeatedly troubled his opponents with hard cross-court smashes in this CWG, was unable to execute the same against Chong Wei and could only claim a Silver.More news: Blazers earn No. 3 seed, will face Pelicans in playoffs
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The Indian breezed away with a 11-8 lead midway into the second game.
Srikanth is the first Indian to reach number one in the world in the men's rankings.
But Lee took the lead at 11-9 and fought back some ferocious efforts by the Indian to increase his lead slowly but surely until he took the second game to draw level. Srikanth led 11-9 at the break.
On his match against Kidambi in the team event, he added: "I lost to him in the mixed team event and I wanted to come back in the individual event". Lee continued to plunder points as will before closing off the game by a comfortable margin to seal the title.