The Badminton Association of India (BAI) declared on Sunday that it will honor Badminton player Kidambi Srikanth with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh as he defeated Olympic champion Cheng Long of China in the final of the Australian Super Series that took place on Sunday.
Srikanth became the first Indian shuttler to clinch the title of second straight super series title in the Badminton League. In June, Srikanth had also clinched the Indonesia Open Super Series. BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma declared the cash price to him for becoming sixth player in the world to achieve three consecutive super series finals.
In the Australian Super Series last, Srikanth was up against the current Olympic champion Chen Long of China and the Indian star was taking care of business against the World No. 6, winning the match 22-20, 21-16 in a fairly agreeable way.
Earlier, the duo had played five times ahead the Australian Open final with the Chinese shuttler clinching all five times.
Sarma was pleased at Srikanth’s achievement and applauded him after his astonishing 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 enough to praise Srikanth,” Sarma said.
BAI secretary general Anup Narang stated, “It is indeed a very huge achievement for Srikanth and Indian badminton. The entire BAI is in a jubilant mood and I am sure so is the badminton fans across the country.”
Several other players including Sai Praneeth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal showcased outstanding performance in the tournament.