Reported by Netease Sports Channel; Bao Chunlai appeared only once in the 9th Sudiman Cup in the match against Hong Kong. Although Hong Kong was defeated at the end of that match, Bao was the only one in the Chinese team that ever lost a match in the tournament. As for the result of the final, Bai Chunlai said: "I am convinced by Lin Dan's perfect performance."
In the present lineup, Lin Dan has occupied the No.1 position without doubt. Consequently, even Bao Chunlai is said to be the wonder drug against Taufik, Lin Yongbo still decided to use Lin Dan. Bao Chunlai has his own explanation for this. "This is decided by our characters. Lan Dan's character can make him more absorbed in the match and perform bossily in a short time, but I have to adjust myself to adapt to the match for some time."
During the Surdiman Cup, Bao Chunlai has been active in cheering his teammates and offered to help Lin Dan to warm up. In response to Taufik challenge, different from Lin Dan's hard line retort, Bao Chunlai just said, low-pitched, "I don't want to quarrel."
As regards the gains in the Surdiman Cup, Bao Chunlai said with smile that the most important gain is the team spirit. And he said he also gain some experience on how to behave in the final. That is confident but humble with power and he becomes more mature after the final.
In the Thomas Cup last year, it was the Bao Chunlai's reversal in the match against Rasmussen Jonassen from Denmark that secured the Thomas Cup again for China.
Some coaches say that Bao Chunlai's character is good to the solidarity of the team but such character also suppresses the competition within the team to some extent. After all, progresses are often made in competitions.