Mumbai: He stunned world No. 5 Vietnamese Tien Minh Nguyen twice in the ongoing Indian Badminton League (IBL), but Hyderabad Hotshots’ Ajay Jayaram agrees that he needs to work on his consistency to reach his target of breaking into the top 15 this year.
“I have beaten the world No. 5 twice here… In the recent past, I have beaten a few top 10 players. Definitely, this will boost my confidence quite a lot,” Ajay, who is currently ranked 24 in the world, told reporters here.
“I have to change the ‘giant killer’ kind of tag by consistently beating them in the coming tournaments and playing the quarters and semis consistently. That is the positive I take from this tournament. I aim to break into the top 15 by the end of this year,” he added.
Parupalli Kashyap is the top ranked Indian player with a world ranking of 14. The 25-year-old Ajay is now looking at the Super Series tournaments in China and Japan after the IBL concludes on Saturday but said he doesn’t want to think too far ahead at next year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
“After this I go to China and Japan for the Super Series. At the moment I have planned according to that. I am just looking to play every tournament… Where I enter, do well and get a good performance everywhere,” said Ajay, who is playing for Hyderabad Hotshots in the IBL.