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Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth climbs to career high rankings of World No 4.

New Delhi: Young Kidambi Srikanth continued his meteoric rise in world badminton as he ended the season by becoming only the third Indian male shuttler to break into the top-five, reaching a career-high fourth after hovering in the 40s in the beginning of the year.

Kidambi Srikanth
Kidambi Srikanth

In elite company
The 21-year-old Indian, who clinched the China Super Series Premier before reaching the semifinals of back-to-back tournaments in Hong Kong and Dubai, jumped two places to join the elite club which comprises Prakash Padukone and national chief coach Pullela Gopichand, who were World No 1 and 4 respectively in the past.

“When I started the year, I was in the 40s. So I didn’t expect that I would reach World No 4.”

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