Asiad Badminton: Sindhu, Srikanth to lead India’s charge for elusive gold

JAKARTA: In-kind PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will appear to damage new grounds as they spearhead India’s charge for an elusive gold at the 18th Asian games badminton adventure which starts with the crew competitions right here day after today.

India ended a 28-yr-old medal drought when the women’s crew, led with the aid of Saina Nehwal and Sindhu, clinched their maiden bronze medal on the 2014 edition at heon, South Korea.

before that, it was the guys’s team, comprising Prakash Padukone and Vimal Kumar, who had claimed a bronze in the 1986 version.

among the eight bronze received through Indian shuttlers on account that the 1966 Asiad, Syed Modi continues to be India’s most effective singles medallist in 1982 and Sindhu, who has been in rampaging form, will seem to destroy that jinx when she starts off her campaign within the particular person experience starting August 23.

in the group competition, Sindhu and Co. will appear to stronger their bronze medal show when the girls’s group begins its crusade on Monday towards exact seeds Japan within the quarterfinals after receiving a first-round bye.

Japan, who clinched the Uber Cup title this yr, boasts of accurate singles gamers comparable to 2017 World Champion Nozomi Okuhara and world No 2 Akane Yamaguchi, besides latest world number 1 and world no 2 pairs of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota and Misaki Matsutoma and Ayaka Takahashi respectively.

although, Sindhu had scalped both Nozomi and Yamaguchi en route her 2nd successive World Championship silver ultimate month and the Indian will ought to outwit the eastern contenders once once again to salvage any hopes of earning India’s historical gold medal in both group and individual pursuits.

lots will additionally depend on doubles specialists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy as they deal with their greater-ranked competitors. Saina Nehwal too had a decent trip this season, profitable her 2nd gold at Commonwealth games and a runners-up finish at the Indonesian Masters at this Asian games venue.

although, she will should recover immediately from her quarterfinal exit in the Nanjing World championships early this month and put the surest foot ahead in both the girls’s team adventure and individual competitions. For the guys’s team, the action will commence tomorrow as it opens against minnows Maldives. If India can inferior the first hurdle, they will tackle hosts Indonesia, who acquired a first-circular bye, in the quarter-finals.

Led by means of Srikanth and HS Prannoy, it should be a golden opportunity for India to enrich their list on the Asian video games via ending the 32-12 months lengthy look forward to a men’s team medal.

Indonesia boasts of respectable players equivalent to Jonatan Christie and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in singles, while their doubles line-up incorporate of world number one Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and world no 9 Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

however Srikanth and Prannoy have shown during the past that they are capable of outwitting their opponents and if Commonwealth video games silver medallists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy can punch above their weight, a medal will also be a possibility.

in the particular person experience which starts off from August 22, Srikanth and Prannoy could be India’s highest quality medal bets in men’s singles.

India educate P Gopichand is optimistic that a new page should be turned in India’s badminton history, even though, he had expressed situation about healing of his avid gamers as Asian games are starting just a couple of days after a gruelling World Championships.