KUALA LUMPUR: National singles shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin won only one match in the Indonesia Super League (ISL) but he has certainly gained in terms of experience.
In fact, the exciting adventure in Surabaya has sparked the fire in him to go all out and win the right to represent the country in this year’s Thomas Cup Finals in May at New Delhi.
Malaysia’s campaign in the ongoing ISL ended on Friday after the Iskandar-led Malaysian Tigers lost three out of their four Group ties.
Their record reads: Lost to Taiwan Cooperative Bank 4-1 (Tuesday); beat SGC Thailand 3-2 (Wednesday); lost 5-0 to Jaya Raya Jakarta (Thursday); and lost 3-2 to Hi-Qua Wima Surabaya (Friday).
For Iskandar, who played first singles in all the ties, the highlight was when he held world No. 3 Tommy Sugiarto of Jaya Raya Jakarta by the throat before going down 21-23, 18-21 in 43 minutes.