Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap slammed the umpires for making wrong line calls during his men’s singles semifinal clash with England’s Rajiv Ouseph in the badminton event at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday.
Talking about the line calls, which went against him, Kashyap said: “Some of the line calls in the match were simply ridiculous. One (towards the end of the third game) was in and the replays clearly showed that. But the line umpire said it was out. It was ridiculous. I don’t know why they wanted England to win.
“One (which was in) was overruled by the umpire when he was not in a position to see where the shuttle was falling. It was also not shown in the replays,” he added.
Kashyap is now just one win away from winning a historic gold after he edged out World No. 26 Ouseph 18-21 21-17 21-18 in a gruelling one hour and 23-minute match at the Emirates Arena.
The World No. 22 Indian played out of his skin to avenge his loss to Ouseph, who had beaten him at the 2010 Delhi Games
and also dumped him during the mixed team event.
Kashyap said it was a satisfying win as the loss at Delhi Games was playing in his mind during the match.
“I won a bronze last time in Delhi. So I want to win a gold now. In Delhi, he had beaten me in singles while I had beaten him in combined team event. So here, I lost to him in the combined team and I was thinking that I should win in singles. The loss in Delhi in 2010 in singles played on my mind and it is satisfying that I won today (Saturday),” he said.
“He (Ouseph) is a very tricky player and we have played against each other earlier. He is one player who can take four-five points at a stretch. He keeps on coming and retrieving the shuttle. My tactic was to keep him engaged in a long rally and see if he commits mistakes. It was about who cracks under pressure first.
“I could not keep him on long rallies in the first game but was able to do it in the second and third. In the third game, I was well ahead towards the end but he won a few straight points and came close. But somehow, I am happy that I won,” said the London Olympics quarterfinalist.
Asked what coach Pullela Gopichand told him after the end of the first game, Kashyap said: “I was told to keep Ouseph busy in long rallies and see if he commits mistakes. Coach told me to keep the shuttle in play as long as possible. That was what I did. It was a pressure game and fortunately I did not crack under pressure.”
While Kashyap was plotting Ouseph’s downfall, World championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu was playing her semifinal match simultaneously at the adjacent court against Michelle Li of Canada. Gopichand, thus, had a difficult time shuttling between two of his wards.
Kashyap said it was very distracting not to find Gopichand by his side during the match.
“It was very distracting not to see him throughout the match. It happened earlier also when I and Saina Nehwal were playing simultaneously. It happened during the World Championships when I was almost about to win a bronze.
“It is not a complain and it is natural for the coach to do that. I am not faulting him. But I feel in these kind of big events we should have two-three world class coaches with the team. That would be better,” said Kashyap.