As the nation grinds past a week into the 21-day lockdown enforced due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indian badminton player HS Prannoy has been using the time to take a long, hard look at reworking his game.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist saw his world ranking tumble from eighth to 28th over the past two seasons, and HS Prannoy feels a loss of consistency is one of the primary causes behind the downturn.
“I was not happy at the way I was training as I struggled with the methods of the new coach at the academy,” HS Prannoy told Sportstar delving into the factors that brought about that lack of consistency. “I wasn't getting any match practice and there wasn't any time to reflect on my game as I was playing non-stop.”
During the break, the Indian badminton ace will be adhering to the workouts prescribed by his Gopichand Academy trainer, with whom he consults daily via video call and trusts the break could also level the playing field.
"Everyone will be back to zero and have to think and restart so in a way it is a relief," he was quoted telling the Press Trust of India news agency. "This way you can catch up with others.
"It will give you the freedom to try so many things, I think after this break, it will be easier to understand what you need to do to get better results."
The All England Open, held between March 11-15, was the last event to have taken place before the rest of the schedule was put on hold. Like many from the Indian contingent, HS Prannoy had decided to skip the round in light of the coronavirus scare that was fast enveloping the world.
“The tournament was taking place at a time when the disease was spreading rapidly in England and I thought it was risky,” he explained.
Unfortunately for Prannoy, the BWF froze the rankings only as of March 17, not doing any favour to his standing.
Regardless, the shuttler opts to focus on the positives.
Claiming that he ‘never stayed home for more than a week’, the 27-year-old has welcomed the unplanned break in his schedule.
"The month-long break is the biggest I have got in my professional career... it is good for me to recharge my batteries and come back refreshed for the new season," he said.