It is no surprise that Indian badminton is on a rise. When it comes to talent, exceptional prayers are coming up every year in the game. One such talent is definitely HS Prannoy. He defeated Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in the men's single final of the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championships being held in Nagpur. Prannoy defeated Kidambi in 49 minutes for only the second time competitively, after the 2011 Tata Open. It was not the first time Srikanth and Prannoy have met this season. Srikanth had defeated Prannoy to enter the final of the French Open earlier this year.
Prannoy has been in fine form as he reached the semifinals at Indonesia Super Series Premier and French Open Super Series to achieve his career-high ranking of World No 11. In the process, he has defeated top dogs like Lee Chong Wei twice, and defeated Chen Long once during this season.
Srikanth and Prannoy have played four times in their international careers, with the former having the final say the last three times. Srikanth has been in a very good form. He clinched four Super Series titles after reaching five finals this season to join the likes of two-time former Olympic champion Lin Dan, three-time Olympic silver medallists Lee Chong Wei and current Olympic gold medallist Chen Long.
But history will definitely remember HS Prannoy and his brilliant performance today. Indeed, the manner in which he defeated a seemingly unbeatable Srikanth in three games was a testament to the fact that badminton as a sport is flourishing in India.