Just four months ago, in Birmingham, Sen became the very first Indian person in 21 decades to attain the finals of the prestigious All England Championship. But the 20-12 months-previous missed out on clinching gold and pocketed silver. Heading into the Birmingham Video games, starting up July 28, Sen will have his eyes set oon the big prize.
With an additional chance to glow at the Arena Birmingham, talking to PTI, the shuttler from Almora said, “I like enjoying in that hall, the problems fit me. I have excellent reminiscences there and I am pretty assured that I will do very well this time too. This is also a large event, so I am looking forward to providing my ideal and successful a medal.
“All the top 3-4 gamers have a fantastic likelihood of winning the gold and I am not contemplating about the colour of the medal, I just want to go there and target on 1 match at a time,” included Sen.
All through the earlier edition of the Video games held in Gold Coast, the then 16-yr-old Sen was glued to the Tv monitor as he soaked in Indian badminton’s historic outing. In the Gold Coastline Game titles, the Indian shuttlers established record as they gained the country’s first mixed workforce badminton gold.
Four yrs in the past, Sen, then a 16-12 months-aged budding shuttler, remained glued to his Tv established as India scripted background at Gold Coast, claiming the country’s first mixed staff badminton gold.
“Past time I watched it on Television when India received the gold. Ahead of that, I also viewed (Parupalli) Kashyap bhaiya earn the gold (in 2014). But 2018 was a great second. I wanted to be there in that crew,” Sen informed PTI.
That 12 months, when India scripted background in CWG, Sen also liked a good outing as he clinched the Youth Olympics mixed staff gold in Buenos Aires, the bronze medal at the Planet junior championship and also became the Asian Junior champion in Jakarta.
“Commonwealth Video games is a prestigious celebration for India. I consider it will be up there alongside with entire world championships in conditions of priority. Absolutely everyone aspires to play the Olympics but prior to that, you try out to get made use of to such various gatherings and do very well in them.
“So I have been pondering a great deal about how as a staff we can repeat the accomplishment we got last time. It will be a hard to win but I am searching forward to it.”
Although England has been the most prosperous crew with 8 titles and five-time champions Malaysia also emerged as a dominating power in between 1998 and 2014, India managed to tame the Asian giants in the past edition.
This time, Malaysia will be devoid of their leading singles player Lee Zia Jia, ranked 5th in the entire world, but Sen reckons it will not make the task any easier.
“Malaysia is a very good group, they have 5-6 decent singles players. So a single pulling out, perhaps, it has an effect on them but we are just hoping that we play properly and defeat Malaysia and earn the gold.”
Sen, who was aspect of India’s historic Thomas Cup win in May well this yr, failed to have an perfect build-up to the multi-sport as he was down with a minimal shoulder injury and experienced to skip the twin Malaysia activities.
“I was sensation the agony in Indonesia, so I decided to choose two weeks off and skip Malaysia leg. For the initially two weeks, the aim was on health and fitness, so there have been a good deal of off-court exercise sessions and prolonged fitness center time. But now the focus is additional on abilities and badminton coaching,” said Sen.
Sen, a world championships bronze medallist, is predicted to deal with Singapore’s world winner Loh Kean Yew and silver medallist and compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in the course of the event. Though he has a 3-2 file against Loh, Sen misplaced to Srikanth during the 2021 Globe Championships.
“I you should not imagine significantly about past performances and also in badminton there are so lots of tournaments that there is not much time. You have to move on and organized for the following celebration,” he explained.
“But I try out to study from it, speak to my coaches and figure out some factors. Upcoming time when I am enjoying from them, I look at all those matches, and analyse and get ready accordingly.”
Sen, a merchandise of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, has been in the form of his everyday living for about a yr now. After securing his maiden earth championships bronze in December final 12 months, Sen gained his to start with Tremendous 500 title at India Open in January, and concluded runner-up both at the All England Championships and German Open. He also performed his part in India’s memorable Thomas Cup win.
“I have been operating on my psychological willpower and on-court imagining and I have enhanced on that factor in the final several months. I believe playing at a really superior stage has provided me self esteem. All the encounter in the very last calendar year is serving to but I nonetheless have to consistently perform on that a large amount.”
The children hottest favourite song ‘kesariya’ tops his audio checklist. A single of the matters that support the 20-yr-old concentration is tunes. “I typically pay attention to Hindi and Punjabi tunes right before matches. I like Arijit Singh and appropriate now I am listening to his newest song ‘kesariya’ on a loop,” he signed off.
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