However, Satwik, the younger of the two, is undeterred and is eager to play first-class teams in the group stage. “I am very happy with the difficult draw. If we cross this stage, we will have a sure chance of a medal. I will be able to play three good games. In recent times we did not have the opportunity to play this type of game on a big stage” Satwik he told TOI.
The Shuttler said there would be pressure on his opponents. “Our opponents are higher-ranking players and they will be under pressure. Also, they don’t know how we play. After seeing us at All England, they may be thinking we’re out of shape. But the downside for everyone is that no one knows how others play.” , He said.
The Indians start against Lee Yang’s world number 3 couple and Wang Chi-Lin from Chinese Taipei. They will also have to deal with top favorites Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon from Indonesia and the world’s 18th British couple Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.
To enter the quarterfinals, the Indians need to win two games, which many experts believe is difficult. But Satwik and Chirag have the experience of beating the best in the world.
The duo are being coached by Danish stunt star Mathias Boe. Satwik said they have benefited a lot from Boe’s experience.
“Mathias Boe taught us to play the short game. He tried to teach us the experience of the match in real time, how the best shuttles play in the big tournaments. For example, if we play a good match today, we can only give 60% tomorrow. But the stars give 100% every day. Champions don’t have a bad day. He taught us how to bridge this gap, “Satwik said, adding that Boe taught them the game plan.
“Boe told us to improve the game plan, develop communication and how to deal with high serve. The training season with him was very helpful,” added Satwik.
Satwik and Chirag are attacking players. “We have a good attack. But in the last few months, we strengthened our defense. We learned how to react to a particular situation,” Satwik said.
Presenting at the Olympics is a dream come true for Satwik. “It is my dream and my parents’ dream to see me play in the Olympics. When we saw the photos of Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri from River, I thought if I could achieve this one day. I didn’t expect to play in the Olympics at such a young age. With the Olympics in mind, I started pairing up with Chirag, “Satwik said.