Indian badminton sensation Kidambi Srikanth grabbed the title of World No. 1 player on Thursday.
On 12 April, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) released its weekly rankings and the 25-year-old star shuttler Srikanth has now won the title of World Number 1. He had secured the No. 2 rank on November 2, 2017.
Srikanth enjoyed a fabulous run so far at the 21 Commonwealth games and led from the front when India won gold on Monday in the mixed-badminton event. He secured the top rank with 76,895 points.
Viktor Axelsen, who was world No.1 till now, had 77130 points. He lost 1660 points because he won’t be able to defend the Malaysian Open title which he won last year. The last Malaysian Open took place between April 4 and 9 in 2017. The event stands postponed this year.
Interestingly, Srikanth could have become the table topper last year, but he couldn’t achieve the feat because of an injury. He wasn’t able to participate in the year-end tournaments because of injuries.
In the year 2017, Srikanth had won four Super Series titles – Indonesia, Australia, Denmark, France. He had become the fourth player in the world to achieve this feat.
In 2015, Saina Nehwal had made India proud by becoming the world number 1 player.