NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long.
It was Srikanth's fourth Super Series title and second successive.
PM Modi wrote on Twitter:
The triumph is his second straight after clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title last week and Tendulkar said he was proud of "champion" Srikanth.
Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he tweeted:
Srikanth's compatriot HS Prannoy tweeted:
Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanth's achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also lauded Srikanth's second consecutive Super Series title. He tweeted:
Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha not only applauded Srikanth but also his coaches, especially national coach Pullela Gopichand.
Tennis ace Sania Mirza said:
Hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh added:
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