PV Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand arrived at Gachibowli stadium in Hyderabad where colourful felicitation ceremony is organised.

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, and some ministers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Later, displaying the silver medal, she also waved to the cheering crowds from the open-top-otorcade as the procession began from the airport towards Gachibowli stadium, where the Telangana government has organised a gala felicitation in honour of the star shuttler.

The Telangana government had announced Rs five crore cash reward for the 21-year-old, a 1,000 square yard housing site near the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy in Gachibowli and suitable government job, if she is willing.

Telangana government had also announced cash prize of Rs one crore for Sindhu's coach Gopichand.

 

Sindhu settled for the white medal after being beaten 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 by World No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain. Her silver took India's tally to two medals after wrestler Sakshi Malik settled for the bronze in the 58 kilogram Freestyle category on Wednesday.

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The 21-year-old said she was proud to bag the silver medal although she felt a gold would have been better, "I am really proud that I could get a silver medal at Olympics. A gold would have been good but I played very well." 

"Initially, I did not think I would win a medal. But when I came into medal contention the aim was to play well, which I did. I played my best. My opponent also played a good game," Sindhu stated.

WATCH: Rio silver-medalist PV Sindhu on her way to Gachibowli stadium (Hyderabad) for the felicitation ceremony.https://t.co/4UEMk4vEUU

 "I implemented all the strategies which we had discussed, and I am very happy that I could get a silver," she added.

On Friday evening, the nation came to a standstill with people glued to television sets as Sindhu took on Marin at the Riocentro - Pavilion 4 in the hard-fought summit clash, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes.

The Hyderabadi started on a positive note but after 3-3, the Spaniard dominated the proceedings and took four consecutive points to lead 7-3 and then 9-5.

Notably, saving India from what could have been possibly the most disastrous Olympics performance since 1992 three women athletes rose to the occasion and gave their countrymen reasons to feel proud and memories to cherish.

Defying all odds and showing killer instincts, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, and Dipa Karmakar became the unlikely heroes and saved the country's pride from returning empty-handed for the first time since Barcelona 1992.

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The trio notched a few firsts for India; Sindhu, at 21, became the youngest to win an Olympic medal, a silver which was never achieved in badminton; and Sakshi's bronze was also a first for women's wrestling.

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