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Stoic shuttler: Kidambi Srikanth has seen dizzying heights and deep lows

The first Indian man to win silver at the BWF World Championships, Srikanth has seen dizzying heights and deep lows. He chooses to be unperturbed by the ebb and flow of life, writes Vaibhav Raghunanda

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Vaibhav Raghunandan 



Kidambi Srikanth
Illustration: Binay Sinha

“It’s weird, no?” the face at the other end of the screen says. “It’s strange to do this looking into a device.” And it is. More so, considering the last time and I sat down for an interview, it was across from each other, in person, in a hotel room in Delhi. This was late 2017, when Srikanth became only the fourth person in history to win four BWF Super Series titles in one year — a feat that is as rare as it is difficult. A few months on, he went on to become the World No 1 — another first for a male Indian shuttler. It seems a lifetime away but Srikanth remembers — the interview itself vaguely, the phenomenal year fondly.

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First Published: Sat, February 19 2022. 02:16 IST

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