BAI awards 5 lakh to Kidambi Srikanth for winning Australian Open Super Series

first_imgAce Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth extended his stellar run of form to become the first Indian male to win two consecutive Super Series titles after he won the Australian Open Super Series today and etched his name in the history of Indian badminton.To celebrate this historic moment, Himanta Biswa Sarma and Badminton Association of India (BAI) have announced a cash reward of 5 lakhs for Srikanth, who not only won his fourth Super Series title but also became the only sixth badminton player in the world to make it to three consecutive Super Series finals .In the finals, he was up against the current Olympic champion Chen Long of China and the Gunter Lad was in supreme best against the world No. 6 and won the match 22-20, 21-16 in a rather comfortable manner.Sarma was delighted at Srikanth’s feat and congratulated him after his amazing win.”We are really very proud of Srikanth for his achievements. It is simply phenomenal. He has not only made the whole country proud once again but has etched his name among the best and no word would be enough to praise Srikanth,” Dr. Sarma said.Reiterating President’s views Anup Narang, official spokesperson and Secretary General of BAI, further added, “It is indeed a very huge achievement for Srikanth and Indian badminton. The entire BAI is in a jubilant mood and I am sure the same is the case with badminton fans across the country.”Apart from Srikanth, performance of other Indian players at the Australian Open Super Series were also great as Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal all made it to the quarter-finals of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more