HYDERABAD: Every week after Indian shuttlers dominated the Commonwealth Video games, there’s a new junior world No.1 from one other a part of India in Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian. The Chennai lad grew to become the brand new World No.1 within the boys singles class in accordance with the newest rankings launched by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday.
Sankar is the primary shuttler from Tamil Nadu to realize this feat and fourth Indian boy after Aditya Joshi (Madhya Pradesh) in 2014, Siril Verma of Telangana in 2016 and Lakshya Sen from Uttarakhand in 2017. Amongst them solely Lakshya Sen went on to make it huge within the senior circuit..
Sankar benefited from BWF’s determination to defreeze the rating factors this August. Rating factors had been frozen after the All England Championships in March 2020 as a result of pandemic state of affairs.
Excited after topping the rankings, Sankar instructed ToI that he was anticipating this. “I am thrilled to have become No.1 at the junior level. We are actually expecting this as BWF will take three tournaments from the senior category to decide the rankings,” stated Sankar who was No.2 a number of weeks again.
With Tasnim Mir of Gujarat already the No.1 within the junior ladies class, there are two No.1s from India on the junior degree. Solely Saina Nehwal in 2015 and Kidambi Srikanth in 2018 achieved this feat within the senior class. Regardless of her splendid achievements, the place she had received nearly all the things on the earth besides the Olympic gold, PV Sindhu may attain solely upto to the No.2 rank.
Eighteen year-old Sankar trains on the Fireball Badminton Academy in Chennai underneath Aravindan Samiappan. The truth is, Aravindan turned as the non-public coach for Sankar about 10 years again. The teenager began studying the nuances of the sport at Fireball in 2009.
Ever since he began competing in worldwide tournaments, Sankar impressed along with his performances. He received the Junior White Nights event in Russia in 2021 and triumphed on the Iran Junior Worldwide Sequence the identical 12 months. He completed runner-up to Varun Kapur, one other promising shuttler, on the Uganda Worldwide Event.
Sankar is assured of constructing a superb impression on the senior degree as nicely. His first goal is to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. “My aim is to compete in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. I know it is difficult but I will work hard to achieve that,” stated Sankar. Solely two Indians will qualify in males’s singles if they’re within the top-16 of the world rankings. To understand this dream Sankar must be in the identical league as Lakshya, Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneesh. Lakshya might be the inspiration for Sankar as he grew to become the highest Indian shuttler inside two years of getting into into the senior circuit.
The Tamil Nadu boy is a large fan of a number of world and Olympic champion Lin Dan of China. “I am a big fan of Lin Dan. I love his style and I want to play him,” stated Sankar, who can also be a southpaw like Lin Dan.