Ace shuttler Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian male player to achieve the world number one ranking in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) chart released today.
Legendary Prakash Padukone was revered as the world number one player during his hey days before the modern day computerised ranking system was introduced.
Srikanth thus became only the second Indian after Saina Nehwal, who had occupied the women’s top spot in 2015, to achieve the feat, after his consistent run last year. At that time he won four titles to be also bestowed with the Padma Shri award.
“I’m definitely delighted to have achieved the World No. 1 ranking for the first time, and to become the first Indian man after Prakash sir to achieve this,” said Srikanth, who trains at the Gopichand Academy.
Among other Indians, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu, who was sporadically ranked number two, is currently at third spot, while Saina is currently at the 12th place.