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14 Sep, 2018
Indian badminton player Gurusaidutt R.M.V, who rose to 19
spots up to 89th position in the updated BWF World Rankings after clinching
bronze at the recently concluded BWF Super 100 Hyderabad Open, talks about his
ankle injury, mentors, and infrastructure in India, in an exclusive interview
has been guiding you through out the Hyderabad Open tournament. Is he your new
mentor? How does it feel like to be coached by your co-trainee?
Kashyap has been like my elder brother I would say, more
than a friend. Since 2007, we
have been known to each other. I have spent more time with him than anyone
else. We have travelled together for many tournaments and we have trained in
Malaysia for almost four months in 2008.
both started the career together?
He is two years older to me, but after he shifted to
Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy at Gachibowli, we were the only two senior players. Ofcourse he was
the best player then, in
the U-19 category. Since past four years, we
got more closer as he always motivate me, talks about my game, strength and
weakness. I always feel
positive vibes around him I would say. Be it Kashyap, Saina (Nehwal) or
Gopi(chand) sir, whenever we talk to them. it
is really motivating and one can
feel the positivity flowing through.
Kashyap is more experienced than us. He played many
tournaments than us like reaching
the Olympic Quarter-Finals and winning Gold
at the Commonwealth Games. All his inputs are really valuable right now.
we expect another career best, as we can see your rankings had been dropped
from Top 20 to somewhere in 900’s, now again back in top 100?
Last two years have
been very tough as I had a career
threatening injury, but I’m happy with the comeback as I have an amazing team
with the likes of Gopi sir, coaches, family, friends, who has been motivating
me and boosting my confidence to get back to the top again.
Raising from 900’s to top 100 is a good drastic and quick
change after playing just four to five tournaments; in which I have reached
finals, semi-finals and also have won a
couple of them.
But now getting back to top 20 is not easy as I need to
work harder with the consistency. If you notice, in the last two tournaments, my performance has been improving
playing against the top players, I’m very happy with the way I played at good
level after a very long time. Now I
need to plan wisely.
What are the areas you think you need to work
on to improve the performance?
I think I need to keep training at the moment, which is a
big challenge. I had ankle issue before, now I can’t take any risk. I need to
plan accordingly with my coach. The efforts behind the 40-minute match is much
bigger than the match duration. It is not that easy.
Of course I give my inputs too as our bodies are
Apart from this, there are many people at the academy.
There are many coaches and physios behind my hard work, with whom I’m able to
do you think is the infrastructure for the sport in India evolved throughout the years?
During 2008, there was no other academy as good as
Gopichand Academy. All the players like Saina, Kashyap, Sai Praneeth, Srikanth
and Sindhu have been
doing well over the years. Badminton gained limelight. And yes, Doubles are also performing
really well on the international platform.
Thanks to Gopi sir and the quality infrastructure for the
sport that has enhanced by leaps and bounds throughout
do you think about the recently-concluded Hyderabad Open 2018 in Hyderabad?
It is good to have such kind of tournaments in the home-land. If we look at the players point-of-view, each
non-sponsored player will have to spend over one to one-and-half lakh for every
tournament we participate in.
Due to the ranks, many are not the part of the Indian
team for any international event abroad, like me who are self-funded.
After getting back to top-50 may be, we might get
sponsors. But, BAI and Government of India have been supporting throughout. We are in the good shape
right now in the regards of the badminton in the country.
About the 2018 Hyderabad Open, it is a good opportunity for the juniors to get
the international exposure. We need to have many more such events in India.