Srikanth Kidambi Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Girlfriend | Who is Srikanth Kidambi? Bio, Wiki

Spread the love

Who is Srikanth Kidambi?

Srikanth Kidambi (born 7 February 1993) is an Indian badminton player who trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad.

He ranked as world number 1 at the BWF ranking in April 2018. Kidambi was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in 2018, and Arjuna award in 2015.

Srikanth Kidambi becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach BWF World Championships final

Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach BWF World Championships final
Kidambi Srikanth becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach BWF World Championships final

Look within, they say, to find the burning embers of ambition. Kidambi Srikanth had searched for last few years and found not even dying flickers as his career careened of its once promising course.

On Saturday, the act of looking within, acquired a larger dimension, when Srikanth found the blazing fight staring him in the face with cool un-twinkling Lakshya Sen eyes. His younger compatriot drew out the winner in him, with chisel strikes and hammer-net shots, before Srikanth won 17-2, 21-14, 21-18 to become the first Indian to make the World Championship finals.

There was a roar in the end, a munificent smile with raising of arms and a warm hug at the net, as the best person to celebrate this path-breaking journey with could be none other than the man from across the court – a fellow Indian, but more importantly, a fellow warrior of the badminton court. A sincere, albeit equally sweaty shoulder, to rest his head-on.

Srikanth searched inside him to reach for the margins of his game, where he had to dig his heels, get dirt under his nails, gnash his teeth, hold his head in his hands, and play the unfussed smash – clean kills, not a set-up to a tap finish to dislodge his opponent.

There was no pretence to a cool head, no faking non-chalance. Srikanth left it all out there, playing an authentic bare game, all his brilliance of strokes gleaming but no hiding of the warts and all.

Srikanth Kidambi Biography, Wiki

Srikanth Kidambi is an Indian badminton player born on 7th January 1993. He hails from Ravulapalem village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. He represents India in Singles and Doubles categories. In April 2018, Srikanth was ranked No.1 in the world.

Srikanth Kidambi was born to KVS Krishna and Radha Kidamdi. He belongs to an agricultural family, where his father is a farmer and a landlord, and his mother is a housewife. Srikanth has an elder brother Kidambi Nandagopal who is a badminton player himself.

Srikanth picked up badminton along with his elder brother Nandagopal in 2000 when they both joined the newly constructed municipal stadium in Guntur.

Nandagopal’s talent was spotted by Sports Authority of Sports and moved to Visakhapatnam to train at Sports Academy of Andhra Pradesh. In 2001, Srikanth too joined the academy and shared a room with his brother at the hostel’s academy.

Before joining his brother at Sports Academy of Andhra Pradesh, Srikanth was lazy and idler. However, he worked hard to join the academy. Srikanth didn’t take badminton seriously until he joined the Gopichand Badminton Academy in 2008.

He and Nandagopal joined the badminton academy run by former Indian badminton player and national coach Pullela Gopichand.

Srikanth Kidambi Biography Wikipedia
Srikanth Kidambi
Real NameKidambi Srikanth Nammalwar
NicknameNot Known
ProfessionIndian Badminton player
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 176 cm
in meters- 1.76 m
in Feet Inches- 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 65 Kg
in Pounds- 143 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)– Chest: 38 Inches
– Waist: 30 Inches
– Biceps: 13 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Badminton
International DebutIn 2011, Commonwealth Youth Games
Coach/MentorPullela Gopichand
HandednessRight
Achievements (main ones)• He won “China Open Super Series Premier” (2014) and became the first Indian to do so.
• Kidambi won a gold medal at “Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold” in 2015, became first Indian to do so.
• On 18 June 2017, he won Indonesia Open Super Series Premier Title after beating Japan’s Sakai.
• In April 2018, Kidambi moved to the top of the men’s singles rankings with 76895 points.
Highest Ranking3rd in Men’s Singles (4 June 2015)
Personal Life
Date of Birth7 February 1993
Age (as in 2018)25 Years
Birth PlaceRavulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, India
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
NationalityIndian
HometownGuntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
SchoolNot Known
CollegeNot Known
Educational QualificationsNot Known
FamilyFather– Kittu Kidambi (Landowner)
Mother– Radha (homemaker)

Brother– Nandagopal Kidambi (Elder, Badminton player, Auditor at Indian Audit & Accounts Department)

Sister (Cousin)– Ruthvika Shivani (Younger, Badminton player)
ReligionHinduism
HobbiesSpending time with close friends and family
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Wife/SpouseN/A

Srikanth Kidambi Career

After moving to Gopichand Badminton Academy, Srikanth began to pursue badminton seriously. Pullela Gopichand believed that he had talent but he lacked focus. Gopichand guided him to strengthen his focus on the game.

In 2011, after getting an international break, he won his first Junior singles title and doubles title at the All India Junior International Badminton Championships in Pune. A year later , he clinched his maiden Singles title at the Maldives International Challenge.


In 2013, he won his first Singles National title at the Senior National Badminton Championships by defeating Parupalli Kashyap. In January 2014, he finished as a Runner-Up at the Indian Grand Prix Gold. In 2015, at the Syed Modi International, he was defeated by Parupalli Kashyap in the final and he won the tournament title a year later.

In 2016, he won two Gold medals in Men’s Singles and Team at the South Asian Games in Guwahati. That year, Indian men’s team settled for Bronze after semi-final loss but Srikanth remained unbeaten at the Asian Team Championships in Hyderabad.

At the 2019 South Asian Games, he won the Gold medal in Men’s Team at Kathmandu in Nepal. In 2020, Srikanth and his team settled for Bronze again at the Asian Team Championships in Manila.

Srikanth Kidambi made his international debut in 2011 where he competed and won his first international medal by winning Bronze in Mixed Team event at the Asian Junior Championships. In that year, he won the Silver and Bronze in Mixed Doubles and Boys Doubles respectively at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Douglas.

In 2013, Srikanth claimed his second Singles title at the Thailand Open. A year later, Srikanth participated in the Malaysian Open and ended up as quarterfinalist.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he was part of the Indian Mixed Team that reached the semifinals and he also finished as quarterfinalist in Men’s Singles. Srikanth broke into the limelight when he defeated 5-time World Champion and 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lin Dan in 2014 China Open Final to claim the title.

In 2015, Srikanth became the first Indian to clinch the Gold medal at the Swiss Open by defeating Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen. A year later, in August, he competed at the Rio Olympics and reached the quarterfinals of Men’s Singles where he lost to China’s Lin Dan.

In 2017, Srikanth and Sai Praneeth became the first Indian badminton pair to reach the finals of a ranking event at the Singapore Super Series, where Sai emerged as eventual champion. That year, he went on to win 4 titles, each at the Indonesia Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open and French Open.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Srikanth had a successful campaign by winning Gold in Mixed Team event and a Silver in Men’s Singles at Gold Coast in Australia.

Srikanth is now looking to break into Top-16 in the BWF rankings to qualify for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Srikanth Kidambi Awards

  • ₹500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold victory. He defeated Viktor Axelsen in the final 21–15,12–21,21–14.
  • ₹500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2015 India Super Series victory. He defeated Viktor Axelsen in the final 18–21, 21–13, 21–12.
  • ₹500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2017 Indonesia Super Series Premier victory. He defeated Kazumasa Sakai in the final 21–11, 21–19.
  • ₹500,000 award announced for Kidambi from BAI for 2017 Australian Super Series victory. He defeated Chen Long in the final 22–20, 21–16.
  • On 21 March 2018, Kidambi received Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award from Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.

Some Interesting Facts About Srikanth Kidambi

  • He got inspired for playing Badminton after watching his elder brother playing it.
  • He considers former Indian badminton player, Pullela Gopichand as his biggest role model.
  • He was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2018 by the President of India, which is India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
  • In April 2018, he was ranked as world number 1 at the BWF World Championships.
  • He also has received the Arjuna Award (Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games) in 2015, which is the second-highest sporting honor of India.

Srikanth Kidambi FAQ’s

Who is Srikanth Kidambi?

Srikanth Kidambi (born 7 February 1993) is an Indian badminton player who trains at the Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad.

Why is Srikanth Kidambi trending?

Srikanth Kidambi becomes first Indian men’s singles player to reach BWF World Championships final

How old is Srikanth Kidambi?

Srikanth Kidambi is currently 28 years old.

Also Read: