India’s prime males’s doubles shuttler R. Satwiksairaj believes the nationwide workforce can pull off a repeat of its Thomas Cup (historic title-triumph) efficiency at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
“Now, we know the art of winning team events much better. The Thomas Cup win was proof of that. The preparations have been really good and the mood is upbeat,” Satwik instructed The Hindu after a final coaching session at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium right here.
“We (he and partner Chirag Shetty) want to change the colour of the medal in men’s doubles (silver last time),” he stated.
“Honestly, Chirag is a totally different player. Earlier, mostly, I used to control the game. Now, he has gone to the next level with great consistency and quality,” Satwik stated.
“We are all excited and keen to defend the team title (mixed team event). We have the quality and depth in the team which can take on the best,” Satwik stated.
“Yes, there were some innovations to ensure that we are mentally and physically fit for the challenge ahead. Credit goes to Mathias Boe (doubles coach) for his smart planning which ensured the training sessions were short and had quality,” stated Satwik, who with Chirag Shetty is ranked World No. 8.
“I believe this Indian team is a force to reckon with and every one is a world-class player and importantly all of them have been in good form in the recent past,” he stated.
“Definitely, I am eager to meet some of the greatest athletes who assemble at the Games. It is such an inspiration to mingle with such athletes. And, my elder brother’s family from the US will be there to cheer us on,” he signed off.