It’s the quadrennial extravaganza in Paris, in two years, where the duo would like to spend an unforgettable “evening”.
Sindhu, on a mission to etch his name in the record books, with an unprecedented third individual medal at the Olympics.
The phenomenal @Pvsindhu1 is a champion of champions! She repeatedly shows what excellence is. His dedication… https://t.co/uWoB5MkY7P
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1659952173000
And Lakshya, breaking the spell of Indian male players without a medal since the game’s inception in the 1992 edition in Barcelona.
As Sindhu once again made history in Birmingham with an elusive title, Lakshya’s first gold medal on his debut underscored his emergence as the men’s ‘most valuable player’ of the current era.
What Sindhu has achieved in the women’s game, if Lakshya can emulate even half of it, Indian badminton will see more glory days in the coming days.
Sindhu’s Pursuit of Greatness
With an unblemished record, the legend of Sindhu only grew up in Birmingham and when we have a debate about India’s greatest Olympic sports, you can only ignore Sindhu at your peril.
Sports achievements are always backed up by statistics, but Sindhu has those numbers to back up his heady achievements.
Delighted by @lakshya_sen’s accomplishment. Congratulations on winning the gold medal in badminton. He played… https://t.co/nBAfJi5de5
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1659959491000
She may not have won many BWF World Tour events or Super Series tournaments, but that’s just a minor glitch in what has already been an illustrious career.
She is a player for the big occasions and has proven it time and time again. When the bar needs to be raised, she does so with momentum.
She has won five world championship medals – only the second woman after China’s Zhang Ning to win five or more singles medals in the showpiece.
She is also only the second individual athlete in the country to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics.
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— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1659950358000
Add to that the Asian silver and bronze, the two bronze medals at the Asian Championships, the two bronze medals in the Indian Uber Cup team and the title of the BWF World Tour finals – his achievements will be difficult to surpass in the years to come.
If a certain Saina Nehwal showed India how to kill the Chinese, Sindhu simply broke the hegemony of all Asian giants in a decade of career.
The Yihan Wangs, Shixian Wangs and Xuerui Lis left, as she dominated her peers such as Carolina Marin, Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi and Chen Yufei especially when it mattered and remained injury free.
Tai Tzu-Ying was an aberration, but every player has such an Achilles heel.
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— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1659956770000
While her contemporaries have been in and out due to injury layoffs, Sindhu has remained one of the most consistent players on the tour and one of the reasons is her fitness.
She spent long hours under strength and conditioning coach Srikanth Verma to strengthen her body to last the long rallies, to build muscles in her legs, shoulders and back to be able to cover every corner of the court with ease and endure the rigors international badminton.
She’s always been a great retriever, but she never stopped working on her game and has become a much fitter, faster competitor who can change pace, has great tactical acumen and has the heart to compete. beat to the end.
On Sunday, Sindhu looked like a woman on a mission but her ultimate mission will be to change the color of the medal in Paris.
“Sensational Man, Lakshya Mended”
With a gold medal in Birmingham, Lakshya showed he had the character of a champion and was ready to take over from his illustrious compatriots to lead India’s charge in the future.
The performance will also end the disappointment of near misses when he lost the England Championships final in March and came back with a bronze medal at the World Championships in Spain last year.
Like Sindhu, Lakshya had also shown the first signs of his prowess. He was a diamond in the rough in a depleted talent pool, which was polished at Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy.
After winning medals at the world junior championships, Asian meets and Youth Olympicsthe 20-year-old from Almora had won five titles on the senior circuit in 2019. His confidence was at an all-time low, but then came the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the break only made him hungrier and more desperate to win and when the tournaments resumed, Lakshya began to put everything he had learned into the field.
A bronze medal at the World Championships in December, the India Open Super 500 title, an All England silver medal and the Thomas Cup gold medal quickly catapulted him to stardom. So what happened behind the creation of Lakshya?
Lakshya had the skill and class of a champion, but he was injury prone. The hill boy had the lung power but lacked the strength to complete his power play.
“He has a kind of game, where he dives to retrieve shuttles. It’s physical, unorthodox, which makes him more injury prone,” his mentor and PPBA coach Vimal Kumar told PTI.
“So the physios struggled to work on his body. He plays a power play, so he needs strength and he focused on that.”
Over the years, time under different coaches such as Danish legend Morten Frost and Peter Gade and short training stints with Viktor Axelsen opened up his game and made him tactically more mature as a player.
“He’s gotten better tactically now. He was calm against Loh Kean Yew (in mixed team). The tougher matches he plays will help him improve tactically and design his strategy,” Vimal said.
“We don’t want him to be dependent on the coaches and we want to see him develop as an independent player, who can take responsibility for his career. I’m happy with his progress so far.”