PV Sindhu, the Indian badminton star and double Olympics medallist, has opened up about the experience under her new mentor, the legendary Prakash Padukone, who has assumed the role of her coach since the end of August this year.
Sindhu, the former World Champion, has been without a title since winning the Singapore Open last year, and at the Paris Open early this year, she also suffered an injury in her left leg, followed by a recovery period.
In the meantime, coming under the mentorship of Prakash Padukone has been an elevating experience for the World No. 10 shuttler, as she took to her Instagram to detail her experience.
“Prakash sir is assuming the role of the mentor in my setup. I started training with him at the end of August, and it’s been an uphill climb ever since. He’s more than a mentor; my guide, my guru and above all, a true friend,” Sindhu wrote on Instagram. “I wholeheartedly believe he possesses the magic to bring out the absolute best from my game. I am so grateful he reached out to me with one call when I was in Japan, and we’ve built on that connection exceptionally well. Dear sir, I AM PUMPED!! Looking forward to training with you!”
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Sindhu also spoke about the recovery process from her injury during a recent interview with Sportstar, where she revealed that she expects to return to the court in January next year.
“A rehab programme is on and I am hoping to be back on court in January,” Sindhu said. “Obviously, I don’t want to rush things but be back only when I am 200 per cent fit and confident,” Sindhu stated. “Yes, this is definitely the most testing phase of my career but it also teaches you quite a few lessons, the most important being to have lots of patience,” Sindhu said with a big smile. “Well, in a way, I am lucky that the injury has given me enough time to be back with the desired planning.”
During the interview, Sindhu also spoke about Prakash Padukone.
“In this backdrop, I am lucky to have someone like Prakash Sir, with whom I have been training since August this year, show such concern about me and my game. He has been giving a lot of invaluable inputs since the last couple of months. I am sure I will be back with a bang given the kind of expertise, knowledge and experience he has,” she added.