Port Of Spain: India Test captain Virat Kohli wished shuttler PV Sindhu ahead of her big clash against World No.1 Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final of the women’s singles on Friday.
Sindhu, who will get a shot at the Gold medal in her first Olympic appearance, has been in phenomenal form, beating higher-ranked players with ease in the knockout stages. On Thursday, Sindhu outclassed World No. 6, Japanese shuttler Nozomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the semi-final. Virat Kohli, who is leading India in the West Indies in a four-Test series, has also joined the bandwagon. The star cricketer congratulated Sindhu for guaranteeing a Silver for India in Rio before wishing her luck in her pursuit of a historic Gold.
“I want to congratulate you for guaranteeing India’s first silver medal. You’ve made India proud. Tomorrow is going to be an epic battle. I hope you bring Gold for the country.
“I hope you bring Gold for the country but nonetheless whatever happens, you’re a champion. I send you all the power. Good luck, Jai Hind.”
Sindhu will face a tough battle tonight against Marin, who defeated defending champion Li Xuerui of China 21-14, 21-16 to book a slot in the final. Head coach Anil Kumble also had words of encouragement for the Indian shutter.
“On behalf of the Indian team, I wish you all the best. We will be rooting for you from Trinidad. Go for Gold,” he said.
Sindhu’s coach Gopichand though is not troubled by the reputation of his ward’s opponent. He expects Sindhu to compete hard against Marin, who is known for her dominating style of play.