The 20-year-old from Almora defeated Loh to win the India Open this January. A few months later he got here up with a sensational present on the All England Championships, the place he grew to become the primary Indian to achieve the ultimate in 20 years. He even dethroned reigning champion Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.
Lakshya , who trains on the Prakash Padukone Academy in Bengaluru, excelled on the junior degree earlier than making speedy strides within the senior class.
Final December, he shocked many by turning into the youngest Indian man to win a medal on the World Championships, the place he misplaced to Srikanth within the semifinals.
The CWG area in males’s singles is weak and it could be a significant upset if Lakshya, Srikanth or Loh don’t win in Birmingham. The withdrawal of Lee Zii Jia and Loh’s lack of kind have elevated the probabilities of Indian males.
Prakash Padukone (1978), Syed Modi (1982) and Parupalli Kashyap (2014) have gained singles gold for India at CWG up to now. Srikanth misplaced within the ultimate within the final version.
Whereas Srikanth has been coaching in Hyderabad, Lakshya has labored onerous along with his staff led by Vimal Kumar in Bengaluru. Each the shuttlers suffered minor accidents and skipped a number of tournaments within the run-up to the Video games.
Since dropping to HS Prannoy within the Indonesia Open on June 15, Lakshya has centered on coaching.
“I’ve been coaching constantly for the final three weeks. That is my first Commonwealth Video games and I’m desirous to do effectively,” Lakshya informed TOI.
Enviornment Birmingham additionally hosts the All England Championships and is a well-known venue.
“I be ok with returning there. I just like the environment on the venue,” he stated.
India’s historical past on the Commonwealth Video games
The primary process for Lakshya and Srikanth is to assist their staff retain the blended staff gold by profitable the singles tie. It isn’t but clear who the staff administration will area in staff singles. However teammates will flip foes in particular person competitors.
“I’ve ready effectively and I wish to do effectively. I wish to take it match by match,” he stated. “The draw is essential. As soon as it’s out, we will plan the technique. However I’m not pondering too far forward now,” Lakshya stated.
If Srikanth and Lakshya are drawn in reverse halves of the draw, India stands an opportunity of two medals in singles. And if one in every of them manages to beat Loh, India can pocket the singles gold after a spot of eight years.