Kashyap hopes PBL would help him regain form before Rio Games

Hyderabad, Dec 25: Coming back from an injury, ace shuttler Parupalli Kashyap is hopeful that the coming Premier Badminton League (PBL) would help him rediscover his form and ranking, particularly in the run-up to Rio Olympics.

"My ranking has dropped seven places as I have not played for last two months. That's why, I hope that this tournament helps me regain form. If I am fit and back to form, I will be back into top-10," Kashyap, who will play for Hyderbad Hunters in the PBL, told PTI here.

Kashyap hopeful of regaining form

"Over the years, I have learnt things. Experience at the top level has made me confident. I feel I should be in the top-10. I should be back in the race for qualification for Rio Olympics," Kashyap added.

Kashyap, who was recovering from an injury during the last two months, said he should be in a good shape by next week.

"Frankly, it is a very crucial period for me. Because, I got injured two months back and I am just coming back. I started playing, trying to do intense sessions now. This tournament (PBL) is like a test for me, on where I am and I am guessing that it will make me to come back quicker.

"It’s not an individual event where all the stress is on you. But, you want to win for your team (in Singles). So, excitement is there. It somehow gets the best out of you. This will help me back to form quickly. That's what I am expecting. I hope I can hit form quickly in the tournament," he said.

The PBL would see a tough competition as good and top ranked players like Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy are there, Kashyap said.

"It is a tough competition. You will have top players. Although Li Chong Wei (Malaysia) is in my team, but others have top players like Srikanth, (HS) Prannoy, Sai Praneeth. All these players are good.

"It's a tough format. For me, every match is going to be tough and every match is going to be competitive. Because, I am coming back after two months. I am aware of the situation and I want to be ready for this tournament," he said.


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