PM Modi, Tendulkar Lead Applause For Srikanth

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long.

It was Srikanth’s fourth Super Series title and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) congratulated the ace shuttler. “PM @narendramodi congratulates @srikidambi for his accomplishments during #MannKiBaat,” PMO India tweeted.

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The triumph is his second successive after clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title last week and Tendulkar said he was proud of “champion” Srikanth. “Heartiest congratulations to @srikidambi on winning 2nd successive superseries title. Proud of you champion! #AustralianSS,” wrote Tendulkar on his twitter handle.

Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he wrote, “Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! Srikanth’s compatriot H S Prannoy tweeted: “Looks like it’s getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats @srikidambi.”

Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanth’s achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare. “Massive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that. Jai hind.”

Sports Minister Vijay Goel also lauded Srikanth’s second consecutive Super Series title. “2nd successive Superseries title for @srikidambi. Defeats Olympic champ Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to become #AustraliaSS winner! Proud of you!,” Goel tweeted.

Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha not only applauded Srikanth but also his coaches, especially national coach Pullela Gopichand. “Congrats @srikidambi what a stunning win. Salute!! Amazing work Gopichand, Indonesian coaches @GoSportsVoices,” he wrote on his twitter handle.

Tennis ace Sania Mirza said, “@srikidambi on fire love it.. huge congratulations once again .. keep it rolling.” Hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh added, “Congratulations @srikidambi for yet another title! Here’s to many more in the future.