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KOLKATA: Of their quest to win an Olympic medal, India’s star doubles gamers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are including a ‘Plan B’ to their technique by incorporating a tactical European type of play beneath new coach Mathias Boe.
The world quantity 10 Indian duo performed its first match beneath Boe on the All-England Open final month however bowed out after shedding to Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen within the second spherical.
“We had been making an attempt to play a brand new type of recreation. We might not have performed our greatest however we performed a recreation which was much more tactical, totally different type of play,” Shetty mentioned throughout a digital media interplay organised by SAI within the build-up to Tokyo Olympics.
“If we actually have to go for a shot on the medal we have to have a Plan B in place.”
Requested whether or not adjusting to the European type of play would have an effect on their Olympic preparation, Shetty mentioned: “Getting used to a brand new coach and a unique form of setup is a problem. However each of us are at a degree the place we are able to play all types of video games.”
“It is simply that we want some form of tactical enchancment in our recreation. We are able to defend, we are able to assault. We simply want just a few corrections right here and there.”
His companion Rankireddy additionally hailed the brand new coach and mentioned there’s been a variety of positivity for the reason that appointment of the London Olympics silver medalist in January.
“The second group is taking part in actually good. Positively, there are a variety of modifications from the earlier coach. We’ve a European type of recreation now. Beforehand we had many Asian coaches. It has been a bit of troublesome for us to alter our type of play however there have been a variety of positives, working very well.”
The duo’s subsequent problem could be the India Open from Might 11-16, an occasion that will likely be held behind closed doorways because of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s extremely troublesome to play with out spectators at dwelling. I used to be anticipating household individuals would come, many had been prepared to come back and help us however on this scenario, it is higher to play in a bio-bubble. We’re trying ahead to it and aiming for a podium end.”
Involved in regards to the latest ‘false constructive’ take a look at for COVID-19, they mentioned they’re awaiting to get vaccinated earlier than heading off to Tokyo in July.
Lately, HS Prannoy was compelled to drag out of the Thailand Open after he had returned a ‘false constructive’ take a look at for COVID-19.
“It is disturbing with the false studies coming in. So positively we are going to take the vaccine and go. We’re searching for authorities permission,” Rankireddy mentioned.
“With the second wave coming, we positively wish to get vaccinated, every time we get an approval,” his companion Shetty added.

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