Kidambi Srikanth's stunning victory over five-time world champion and home favourite Lin Dan in the China Open Super Series on Sunday was the perfect birthday gift for coach Pullela Gopichand. The former All-England champion said in an interview to NDTV that he always believed Indian men had the capability to win big badminton events around the world.
Q Pullela Gopichand got his 41st birthday gift all gift-wrapped from China on Sunday with Srikanth winning the China Open. Many congratulations..this was something you were waiting for a long time?
Pullela Gopichand: It was a fantastic birthday gift. I had been expecting the men to win big events. They had the capabilities and I had my belief in them. This was a very pleasant surprise.