After his sensational run in the All England Championship, Lakshya Sen will be examined and further studied and the young shuttler will need to diversify his game behind the court to stay ahead, believes his mentor and former India coach Vimal Kumar.
Produced by Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) in Bengaluru, Sen has been in wonderful form for the last six months.
He claimed first bronze at the World Championships, winning the India Open in January before finishing in both the German Open and the All England Championships.
“I’m happy with his tactical skills, he’s got a significant improvement. It is calm and copes well with difficult situations. I also see a significant improvement in his defense, especially after how he coped with the onslaught of Victor (Excelson) and Andersen (Antonsen), “Vimal told PTI.
“It simply came to our notice then. Overall, it is moving in the right direction but it could be more of a strike from behind the court and more diversified. “
The 20-year-old from Almora had hoped to win the Indian All-England Championship when he reached the final but his dream was dashed in Birmingham when he lost to world number one and Olympic champion Victor Excelson in straight games. .
“She is OK, but she has that feeling. He is very real and he knows why he lost. He knows what he needs to improve if he is to beat someone like Excelson. He understands that he cannot be too bad or disappointed, “said Vimal, who is the head coach of PPBA in Bengaluru.
Sen was hammering and twisting in 2019, winning five titles but the Kovid-19 epidemic threw a spanner into his work. When he returned last year after a break due to a second wave of the virus, he was desperate to prove his worth on the international stage.
The Thomas Cup snub where he failed to get a place in the Indian team after losing just one match in the trials, further boosted his ambitions.
Disappointed, he set off for a two-week battle with Olympic champion Axelson.
“He did the world good for his game. He picked things up from Excelson and went on his own without a coach in the European circuit and that made it more difficult for him to handle things on his own,” said the 59-year-old two-time former national champion.
“One of the things about goal is that it is very good at taking instructions and executing them. We usually give an overall idea but he likes things and knows what needs to be done. “
Sen also had a period of European training in October where he trained with the Danish national team, played for the Danish club Aarhus and trained at the Peter Gad Academy.
Lakshya had spent a lot of time in the last two years picking up the brain of former Danish World No. 1 Martin Frost when he was visiting Bengaluru. All this time spent with legends helped him develop his game.
Apart from the regular BWF World Tour events, including the World Championships and World Tour Finals, a busy season awaits this year with big-ticket events such as the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“He shouldn’t be obsessed with anything, just plan and play well and not think further.”
Vimal believes that the freedom to choose how, when and where to train is important for Sen’s further development.
“I don’t believe in the idea that one should not train with other top players because they will know your secrets, because there are no secrets,” he said.
“And going forward, I want him to have all the freedom to go and train wherever he wants, whether it’s Indonesia, Thailand or Denmark, because it’s about select sports,” he signed.