Sunday 15 May 2022 9:29 PM UTC
BANGKOK May 15: Dishing out a performance for the ages, India’s men’s badminton lifted the Thomas Cup title with a commanding 3-0 win over powerhouse Indonesia on Sunday, a historic triumph that will enhance country status in the sport.
World Championships medallist Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and doubles players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy delivered when it mattered the most as they stunned the 14-time champions with a dominant show.
An incredible week culminated in a fitting manner for Indian badminton as the country had never reached the summit clash of the world’s most prestigious team event before.
After being off-colour in the knockout stages, young Sen handed India a 1-0 lead with a come-from-behind 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 win over world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a superb show of temperament and skill.
The country’s best doubles pair of Rankireddy and Shetty then showed nerves of steel as it saved four match points in the second game to eventually outwit Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19.
In the second singles, Srikanth outclassed Asian games gold medallist Jonatan Christie 21-15, 23-21 in 48 minutes to seal the historic victory.
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