Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Lakshya sen says a Thomas Trophy win will give us a lot of confidence as we look to defend our team title. 

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 Lakshya sen is ranked 10th in the world, but so far he has not competed in any multi-sport event such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games or Asian Games. 

Clearly trying to make up for lost time, 20-year-old Raksha is determined to make her debut in a big way. 

Inform's Rakshasen faces a double challenge. The youngster looks to make a big contribution first as the Indian team defends the mixed team gold medal.

Immediately after the team tournament, Raksha will devote all his energy to the individual tournament where he wants to be on the podium. 

Given the shape he has shown so far in 2022, Lakshasen is very likely to win a medal. With Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia  withdrawing from the tournament

Laksha had a great opportunity to make his dream debut at the CWG. Singapore-born world champion Loh Kean Yew hasn't been at its best in recent months either. 

Lakshya received rigorous training under South Korean coach Yoo Young Sum (2-time Olympic silver) at the Prakashpadukorn Badminton Academy in Bangalore before the Indian team left.

 If he lives up to his form and reputation, he could become  the fourth Indian to win a gold medal....

So far, his mentors Prakash Padukone (1978), Sayyid Modi (1982) and Parpari Kashyap (2014) have won Indian men's singles gold in the CWG.  

Earlier this year, Lakshasen became the youngest Indian to reach the  final of the British Championships, before losing out to  Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen. 

 Arena Birmingham is a familiar place for him as he upset several top players to win  silver  at the All England Championships. 

Laksha likes the atmosphere at  Arena Birmingham and wants another great performance at the same venue.