Rashid Sidek, who played a part in the World No. 1's rise, talks to Rutvick Mehta.
You’re one of the most experienced coaches in the world. How different is it to coach a team (Krrish Delhi Smashers) in such leagues?
This is my first time in a league. And honestly, it’s not that different. Most of them are good players. So I work on the game plan and strategy. Besides, I’m not here for a long time, just two weeks, so I can’t really work on the technical aspect of anyone’s game. But it’s going really well so far.
PV Sindhu recently stamped her authority by winning the bronze medal at the world championships. Has she caught your eye?
Yes, I did see her play. I think she’s a very good player. She just doesn’t care about her opponent and plays the game to her strengths.
Saina Nehwal has picked up a trend of getting knocked out in the quarterfinals of major tournaments this year. Where do you think she is going wrong?
At times, some players go through ups and downs. In a year, they can peak in only three or four tournaments. They just cannot peak in every tournament. Secondly, most players, including the Chinese, have studied her. Sindhu, for instance, is an upcoming star, but Saina is already there. And I think she is finding it very difficult to maintain that level. The problem, more than anything else, is in the mind.