Srikanth wins TOISA 2018 Sportsperson of the Year

MUMBAI: Kidambi Srikanth's record-setting 2017 earned him every other accolade when the present world No 3 was honoured as Sportsperson of the Year on the 0.33 Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards (TOISA) powered by means of All-Out on Monday.

As it took place: Mahindra Scorpio Times of India Sports Awards 2018

Srikanth has thus turn into the 0.33 Indian after Jitu Rai and PV Sindhu to win the coveted award. It is due recognition of his dominance on the badminton court docket all over 2017, during which he became the first Indian shuttler to win four Super Series titles and moved to a career-high No 2 within the BWF males's singles ratings.

The 25-year-old was awarded the top prize at TOISA in a very stiff pool of nominees that featured the Sindhu, Sunil Chhetri, Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj, Ankur Mittal and Gurjit Kaur. The esteemed TOISA jury comprising Abhinav Bindra, Bhaichung Bhutia, Devendra Jhajharia, Reeth Abraham and Gautam Gambhir in conjunction with the Chief Editor of Times Internet Ltd, Rajesh Kalra, deliberated at length the success of each of the nominees earlier than zeroing in on Srikanth as Sportsperson of the Year.

Srikanth's first title was the Indonesia Open, the place he beat Japan's Kazumasa Sakai 21-11, 21-19, and every week later he vanquished the world and Olympic champion Chen Long in straight video games 22-20, 21-16 to assert the Australia Open. Thus, he became the first Indian to win back-to-back Super Series titles. Later on, Srikanth became the second one Indian after Prakash Padukone to win the Denmark Open and then created history by means of claiming the French Open.

In addition to these four Super Series wins, Srikanth reached the general of the Singapore Open the place he lost to compatriot B Sai Praneeth (the first instance of 2 Indian shuttlers attaining a Super Series final), reached the quarter-finals of the Badminton World Championships and was runner-up on the National Badminton Championships.

"Four world titles in a year is impossible to overlook, and when you consider that no Indian badminton player had achieved that before, Srikanth deserves every accolade possible," stated TOISA jury chairman, Bindra. "He soared to number two in the world and is truly a big achievement, and one that Indians should be proud of."

Bhaichung, India's most-capped soccer player with 104 global appearances, echoed Bindra's views. "Srikanth, along with Sindhu, are the two players who have revived Indian badminton under Pullela Gopichand's guidance. You look at the 2016 Olympics where Srikanth fought so well in the quarter-finals, and see where he has come in 18 months since, and the effort is outstanding. Four Super Series titles in a year - that is incredible," he stated.

This is Srikanth's second TOISA award, following his win as Badminton Player of the Year (People's Choice) in 2017.

The different nominees for Sportsperson of the Year have been all highly a success last yr. After claiming a leap forward silver medal on the 2016 Rio Olympics, Sindhu lived up to her billing in 2017 by means of profitable two Super Series titles, a silver medal on the Badminton World Championships and every other on the BWF World Super Series Finals. Chhetri was India's peak goal-scorer with six, including main function in wins over Myanmar, Cambodia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan and Macau, and likewise became the all-time peak scorer in India's top-tier soccer league, the I-League, together with his 90th goal to move previous Bhaichung's tally of 89.

Indian males's cricket team captain Kohli was the main run-getter in ODIs last yr with 1460 in 26 innings at a median of 76.84 and strike-rate of 99.11, with six centuries - probably the most for any team - and the fourth-highest run-getter in Tests with 1059, in addition to being India's peak scorer in T20Is with 299 at a strike-rate of 152.55, from 10 innings. Kohli led India to the general of the Champions Trophy, ODI series wins over England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Test series wins over Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka (two times).

His female counterpart Mithali additionally enjoyed success in 2017, becoming the first Indian cricketer, male or female, to attain seven consecutive ODI fifties and then becoming the all-time main run-scorer in Women's ODIs, taking 16 innings fewer than the previous record-holder, Charlotte Edwards. Under Mithali, the ladies's cricket team reached the general of the Women's World Cup, the place she was the third-highest run-getter.

Gurjit was the Indian girls's hockey team's main goal-scorer of the yr with 19, the highlight being a tournament-best 8 goals all over the Asia Cup title triumph with 8. In a leap forward 2017, shooter Mittal made it to No 1 within the males's double entice, profitable one gold and two silver medals at ISSF occasions and every other gold on the Commonwealth Shooting Championships.
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