A YONEX All England title is the making of a legend.
That is the opinion of India badminton’s leading man Kidambi Srikanth as the world number three prepares for Birmingham this week.
Srikanth won four titles on the outgoing Superseries circuit last season and became the first Indian player to win
He was even dubbed ‘India’s greatest ever’ player by Pullela Gopichand at the end of his record breaking year in 2017.
However, Srikanth, who is seeded three for the 108th edition of the world’s oldest championships, feels he must emulate Gopichand and 1980 winner Prakash Padukone and win the All England if he is to be considered a legend in the sport.
Speaking to India’s sporting press before departing for England, Srikanth said “The All England is one most prestigious events s because it has history of 100 years attached to it.
“I would say winning these tournaments, will definitely give the player legendary status.”
"Winning the All England has its own aura and once you do that you will join the big names in the history of the sport.
“We have some good records at this tournament. Prakash sir and Gopichand sir have done extremely well in All England.
“They will always be a source of inspiration to all young players, not only for All England but in other tournaments too.
And the 25-year old says despite three previous appearances in Birmingham he remains ‘excited’about YONEX All England week.
“It is a dream for every player to do well at the All England. I want to do well and I am looking forward to playing.
“I’m excited. The All England is one of the biggest tournaments of badminton."