Hailing from a farmer’s family in Ruvalapalem, Hyderabad, Kidambi Srikanth is now creating history worldwide with his brilliant performance and impressive prize money figures. With a hawk’s eye focus on Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, 2018, India is eyeing on the World Champion to earn a medal while Kidambi focuses to ease his journey into Olympics 2020.
Among Men’s Singles athletes, the 24-year-old’s earnings are more than double that of Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei who trails in second with US$71,300 while China’s Lin Dan is third with US$69,795 and Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) is fourth with US$53,150.00.
After cricket, Badminton champ Srikanth Kidambi leads the numbers in money matters jumping to US$147,847.50, a whopping prize amount surpassing the overall standing of Badminton World Federation.
In a latest release, carried out by the apex body of Badminton World Federation, Indian lad Srikanth Kidambi, currently ranked world no. 8, is leading in the standing table on bagging the highest prize money, internationally.
Srikanth Kidambi’s back to back wins in Indonesia and Australia invited a galore of applauses and prizes from the sporting fraternity that lead him to top the chart. Before heading onto his journey in Singapore this year, Kidambi had a fair figure of US$16,597.50 accounting as his prize money that turned into a tenfold increment with his latest back to back victories in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore series.
While the journey has not been so easy for Kidambi, in men’s single category, Kidambi initially trailed hard to take the court in the beginning of 2012. However, his golden period hit the stars from 2015 when he was first ranked no.4. The figures kept fluctuating to 5, 9, 10, even hitting to the board at 31 in the month of March this year, but the last four months witnessed him in his career best form, eventually landing him to the 8th spot in the World Rankings.