With the victory, Chong Wei signs off from his final outing in the Commonwealth Games with an unbeaten record of 13 men's singles victories in three editions. Coach Pullela Gopichand kept the stream of instructions constant, gesturing often with both hands placed on either side of his forehead, goading the 23-year-old to concentrate. The latter half witnessed a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase to stay on the top of the lead saw either player laying in sublime forehand shots, powerful smashes, but Srikanth's ample control and calmness helped him take the final two points of the game. Known for his attacking style of play, quick feet and exceptional movement in the forehand corner, he's still one of the greatest ever exponents of the sport. Sunday's contest was an absorbing battle between the World No.1 Indian and the World No.7 from Malaysia.
"I lost in the group event to him and that I wanted to return from the respective function". I didn't start well. I think mentally I was very, very strong. India went on to win 3-1 and claim the gold.
While current form suggested Srikanth was the overwhelming favourite, Chong Wei's huge amount of experience in big matches could not be discounted from the equation. In one hour and four minutes, the world witnessed an absolute masterclass from a man who locked horns with a player a decade younger to him.
"I just came out and I forgot the team event and just focused".
In the overall head-to-head record, Srikanth now trails Chong Wei 1-5. Srikanth had started well, taking the the lead initially.
"Last time he beat me so this time I think I fought well", Chong Wei said later.
In the apex clash of Men's Singles Badminton contest at the Games, Srikanth comfortably defeated England's Rajiv Ouseph in the semi-final on Saturday and, cruised to the finale of the event. One a superstar on his way out with his final medal, the other, badminton's latest toast, finding joy in his first.