New Delhi: Having endured a topsy-turvy season, shuttler HS Prannoy said he wants to stay away from the negativity that surrounds heart-breaking losses and focus on taking more calculative risks to improve his fortunes at the upcoming World Championship and Asian Games.
The 26-year-old played quite a few three-game thrillers this season. In fact, his semifinal and bronze medal play-off at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games went the full distance but he had to endure the pain of narrow defeats in both the matches.
“I have stopped thinking about losing those crucial matches because it brings a lot of negativity. I am just focusing on a whole perspective where I need to implement those strokes, take calculative risks and not hold back,” Prannoy said.
“I guess people notice when you lose, they won’t notice when you take risks and win some matches. ABC (Asian Badminton Championship) was one tournament where it worked for me and I got a medal. But I guess you need to keep trying.”
To claim his bronze medal at the ABC, Prannoy also fought through a series of three-game matches against players such as Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei (pre-quarterfinals) and former World No.2 Korean Son Wan Ho (quarterfinals).
“The biggest thing would be to not be scared to do things which you are actually good at. At crucial junctures, you doubt yourself, sometimes you go for it and sometimes you don’t,” he said.
After the Asian Championship, Prannoy realised that his ankle was not in good shape. But he participated in the Thomas Cup Final even though most of the shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth, skipped the event due to various reasons.
“In Thomas Cup, I had no option. Half of the team was injured and only B Sai Praneeth and Lakshya Sen were fit. I had a stress ankle fracture after ABC. But since most of them were not playing, so I thought I would just go and participate,” said the Indian, who was out for two months after Thomas Cup.