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29 Jun, 2018
The World No. 1 junior badminton player and sports
enthusiast is insanely calm and quiet off-court which is oh-so-contrasting to
his aggressive persona that blows off his opponents in no time. Such smooth
drops shots, smacking smashes and lovely backhand, Siril is a legend in making.
Rooted, firm and disciplined are just some of the adjectives that perfectly
describe this 20-something Indian guy-next-door. Thwarting over the seniors and
blasting off with every score, Siril made us comfortable as we sat with him for
a face-to-face interview.
was your take on the All India Senior Ranking Tournament and how did it help
you as a player?
SV: After a long time, I’m playing a tournament and since
it was a selection ground for the Asian Games, I was not at all thinking about that
at all. Only winning was on my mind to boost
my confidence level. I didn’t play any Indian tournament for quite a while and last
time when I did, I lost in it which shattered my confidence.
GB: What was your strategy for the All India Senior
Ranking Badminton Tournament?
SV: I lost to Lakshya Sen in the Bangalore Senior Ranking
Tournament and I got a wild card entry for the Hyderabad tournament. I just
knew that I had to give my 100% in this. I don’t follow a certain strategy, I play
to win. We all practise together and Saurabh (Verma) is more of a rally person,
so I was on an attacking mode and aggressive on court.
GB: Who was your toughest rival on court?
SV: Saurabh Verma is indeed a great player and he’s the
biggest rival on-court for me. Besides, I play regularly with Laksya Sen, so no
GB: What is your take on the rise of badminton in India?
SV: I started my career in badminton 10 years back at the
Pullela Gopichand Academy. All the great players have been trained here. It’s a
great platform to be trained and mentored by such prolific players. People are
getting enlightened and exposure now, children are taking up this sport and performing
equally well. I hope we continue to inspire fellow Indians and make it a bigger
sport in the coming times.
GB: What is your fitness regime?
SV: We have a morning workout session and the evening
off-court workout session which involves running, strength training, agility
GB: How do you calm yourself off-court?
SV: I enjoy the entire process of training. I do feel
tired but it gives me a happy high.
GB: What are your other interests?
SV: I love playing cricket, tennis and watching movies