Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand on Tuesday hailed the depth Indian badminton player specially (Saina ) has achieved over the years, saying the team is no more dependent on one or two players.
The Indian team won a historic team gold at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia apart from winning five other medals.
“The team gold is something which was never dreamt of. We never imagined that we could win this medal. This was possible only because of the way the entire team played.
“To be in a position where two of our players play against each other in the final of a big event like Commonwealth Games is something which we feel proud about,” he said.
Saina, who won the women’s singles gold, said winning the team championship was more satisfactory for her.
” Saina said for me, it was not the individual which mattered much. But, it was the team championship. I would like to congratulate doubles players for putting out such big efforts. That is why it was possible for individual players to come out with such a good show,” she said.
Sindhu said she is happy to have won silver this time but “hopefully, next time it would be a much better one.”
Replying to a query on the women’s singles final, Saina said it is definitely challenging to play against someone you are familiar with.