Despite my ankle injury, the thought of not giving up was on my mind: Prannoy

Backock: After registering one of the most memorable victories of his career even with an ankle injury, Indian shuttler HS Prannoy says the never-give-up mindset inspired him during his stunning win over Denmark in the Thomas Cup semi-final. . Prannoy performed brilliantly in the deciding singles match as the Indian men’s team scripted history with […]
 


Despite my ankle injury, the thought of not giving up was on my mind: Prannoy

Backock: After registering one of the most memorable victories of his career even with an ankle injury, Indian shuttler HS Prannoy says the never-give-up mindset inspired him during his stunning win over Denmark in the Thomas Cup semi-final. . Prannoy performed brilliantly in the deciding singles match as the Indian men’s team scripted history with a 3-2 win over Denmark on Friday. The Indian team was successful in reaching the final of the Thomas Cup for the first time.

Prannoy suffered an ankle injury after slipping on the court against world No. 13 Rasmus Gameke but the Indian continued his fight after taking a ‘medical timeout’. He was seen in pain on the court but despite this trouble, he registered India’s name in the pages of history by winning 13-21 21-9 21-12.

Pranay said after the match, “Many things were going on in my mind mentally. After slipping I was feeling more pain than usual and I was not able to walk properly. I was wondering what to do in such a situation. He said, “I was thinking not to give up, I just wanted to try and see how things were going.” I was praying that the pain would not increase. My pain started to subside during the second game and I was feeling much better by the third game.

The Indian team had never progressed beyond the semi-finals since 1979. But he showed fighting spirit, defeating the 2016 champion Denmark. Prannoy said his plan was to keep the pressure on his opponent by going to court after the medical timeout and it worked in his favour. He said, the strategy we used in the second and third games was very important. The strategy was to keep the pressure on and I knew if I took a good lead in the second half, I would get another chance to stay in the match.

World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth and world number eight doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept India in the race for the final but HS Prannoy helped the team create history after a 2-2 draw. . The Indian team was trailing 0-1 after World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen lost to Viktor Axelsen.

Rankireddy and Shetty won the first doubles match. The Indian pair defeated Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 in the second match to level India at 1-1. Shetty said, when we were falling behind in the third game, I thought our journey would end here. We were lucky that we found the rhythm. At the sixth match point, I didn’t know what to do. Then I gathered courage and did the flick service and it worked. The Indian team will take on 14-time champion Indonesia in the final on Sunday.