Vastavam web: Star shuttler H S Prannoy has credited top women shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal for the positive change in mindset of other players while facing tougher opponents.”The one thing which changed among all of us (players) was the belief (to win). (And) in the last five to six years I could see the change,” Prannoy said here.Prannoy, along with legendary badminton player Nandu Natekar and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, was present at the prize distribution ceremony of the 25th G D Birla Memorial Masters Inter-Club Badminton Tournament at the Bombay Gymkhana.
“First when we used to play them we used to give them a lot of respect. When I started playing badminton I never thought I could play against these big names or at this Super Series level or at the World Championships,” he explained.”That was the one thing that changed and over the years the belief, specially in the last one or two years. A lot of credit goes to Saina and Sindhu, because they were the ones who started it. And when they started to win the bigger events, when they started to beat the Chinese continuously, that’s when all the rest of the members in the (Indian) team got the self belief saying if they can do it, then why not us..,” the 25-year-old Prannoy added.
Saina won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and Sindhu scripted history by winning the silver Medal in women’s singles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.”When I look at the change in badminton, for me the change is not only in the players of badminton, but in the youth in general. When I went to Olympics in 2000 or the Games prior to that, about 80-90 per cent of us, who went, almost went with an idea that we will go there, and (since) winning was not on our minds, we would go, be happy collecting souvenirs, clicking photographs. The mindset was not really to win.