Kidambi Srikanth has been on a rise from past three years and is currently the top ranked Indian badminton player in the world. His aggressive elegance and lethal smashing power makes him more versatile as a player. As India’s shining star turns 25 today, we discuss 10 Interesting facts about Kidambi Srikanth.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi, hails from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. He was born on 7 February 1993 to KVS Krishna, who is a farmer and his wife Radha, who is a homemaker.
In 2001, Srikanth and his elder brother Nanda Gopal met Pullela Gopichand in a feliciation ceremony, after his triumph in All England Championship. Subbaravamma the mother of Kidambi brothers fuelled the words of inspiration by saying that, “You have to become like Gopi one day.”
In 2008, Srikanth shifted his base to Pullela Gopichand acedemy in Hyderabad from Vishakhapatnam. Srikanth was not making a mark at that point of time, and his father pleaded Gopichand to take a look at his young son and train him.
Srikanth started training as a doubles player but switched to singles on the advice of Pullela Gopichand, who spotted his singles skills at the 2011 India Junior International Badminton Championship.
Srikanth has a elder brother in Kidambi Nanda Gopal, who is a doubles specialist. He was seen playing for Ahmedabad Smash Masters in recently concluded Premier Badminton League.
GoSports Foundation started to sponsor him from 2012 that benefited Srikanth with finance option and understand other prospects of the game better.