India’s men’s badminton team on Sunday made history by lifting their maiden Thomas Cup title in Bangkok, Thailand. The men’s team blanked Indonesia 3-0 to win the title. The Indian men’s badminton team beat 14-time champions and holders Indonesia in the final on Sunday to win a maiden gold medal at Thomas Cup. First-time finalists India produced a stunning performance in the final to blank Indonesia 3-0 and script history.
The Indian team won the final without dropping a match, and mentioned it during the interaction with the players. The most heartening aspect of India’s Thomas Cup team today was watching Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beat Mohammad Ahsan-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. All the previous times that our boys have faced Kevin Sanjaya, they have lost 11-0. It was as individuals. This was a first where India played as a unit. This was truly Team India’s victory, Satwik-Chirag gave it back to the Indonesians. It was the first time that India had even reached the final at Thomas Cup, but showed nerves of steel throughout in the final.
Lakshya Sen and doubles pairing of Rankireddy-Shetty both came back after losing their respective opening games. Sen had been drubbed 8-21 in the opening game against Ginting. But he came back strongly to win the second game 21-17. The Indian then put on a procession in the third, wowing all with the cat-like reflexes and stubborn defence to win game 21-16.
The Indian badminton team has scripted history! The entire nation is elated by India winning the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and best wishes to them for their future endeavours. This win will motivate so many upcoming sportspersons.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2022
PM Modi also took note of the fact the Indian team won the final without dropping a match, and mentioned it during the interaction with the players. He said it made the win even more special. Modi said the team’s coaches also deserve a lot of credit for this achievement, while observing that the quarterfinals was a neck-to-neck affair. The PM also took note of the fact the Indian team won the final without dropping a match, and mentioned it during the interaction with the players. He said it made the win even more special. The PM said his office would coordinate the players’ visit to his residence.
A special interaction with our badminton 🏸 champions, who have won the Thomas Cup and made 135 crore Indians proud. pic.twitter.com/KdRYVscDAK— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2022