There are very few players in the world who possess characteristics similar to that of Danish badminton legend Peter Gade. The Dane's mental discipline and precision at the net swept other top shuttlers aside during his heyday. “Too good to write him off,” said a certain commentator, who was made to swallow his words during the final of the 2010 All England Championships after the Dane played a couple of loose shots against Taufik Hidayat but responded with lethal smashes to make amends and eventually win the prestigious title. Gade carried Denmark's hopes in the men's singles category at a very young age, and he mastered it since day one.
Among the likes of China’s Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Indonesian ace Hidayat, Gade, one of the fittest athletes, wasAmong the likes of China’s Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Indonesian ace Hidayat, Gade, one of the fittest athletes, was arguably the lone European breaching the impenetrable defences of the Asian dominion. From 1998 to 2001, the attacking wizard won 15 titles. His swift on-court movements startled the opponents as Gade covered every inch of the court.
As years passed by, other countries too started producing attack-minded talents and India’s Kidambi Srikanth announced himself to the global stage in style, beating the ever-proficient Lin to clinch his maiden Superseries crown at the 2014 China Open.
Like Gade, a young Srikanth would rely on his attack and use it to his advantage to finish games swiftly. There were a few murmurs around the international circuit about the similarities between the two. After a health scare in July 2014, where Srikanth was found unconscious in the bathroom after complaining of a headache, his warrior-like demeanour saw him take the court again and go on to win the 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Open Superseries. In a sport that requires great concentration and mental stability, Srikanth appeared as the one to thrive under extreme pressure.