Former world and Olympic champion Hidayat, 31, will hang up is racket in June and he clearly struggled against an Indian 11 years younger as the Indonesian went down 26-24, 21-9 in the round of 16 at the India Open super series tournament.
Prannoy looked dazed after wrapping up the victory in 40 minutes to reach the quarter-finals where the Indian is set to face world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.
"It was a dream to play him. More than winning, I was thinking more about coming and playing him here," said the Indian wiping a bead of sweat from his brow before paying rich tribute to the versatile Indonesian.
"He's a very fancy player. We get to see so many fancy strokes from him.
"Obviously in childhood days, everybody wants to imitate their idols. I did it so many times. I'm a professional player now and I have my own strokes. But if you notice, I have a strong backhand and I learnt it from watching him, the basic technique of hitting a backhand," said the Indian.
Hidayat did not, however, linger to confirm the similarity and immediately left the court.
A bigger challenge awaits Prannoy in the next round and the Indian said it was just the kind of exposure he was looking for.
"It's a dream tournament for me, playing Taufik and Lee Chong Wei back-to-back. I'll do my best."
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