Thomas Cup: Indian team created history by reaching the final for the first time in 73 years
Indian badminton team Has created history. India HS Prannoy On the basis of another brilliant performance, they entered the final of the Thomas Cup 2022 by defeating Denmark in the semi-finals. The burden of victory once again after a thrilling 2-2 draw in a thrilling semi-final on Friday 13th May Pranav (HS Prannoy) and the veteran Indian shuttler did not disappoint. He defeated Denmark’s shuttler in a tough 3 game match to give India a 3-2 victory. For the first time in the tournament’s 73-year history, the biggest badminton team India will capture the title.
A day earlier, the Indian team defeated five-time champions Malaysia 3-2 to make it to the semi-finals, ending a 43-year wait. Prannoy won the previous match in the quarter-finals to take India to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in the current format. On Friday the 13th, all the weight fell on him again and despite being injured during the match, he led India to the title match with a fighting game.
Indian team has reached the final for the first time
Satwik-Chirag pair made a comeback
World Championships silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth won the singles tournament in Bangkok, while world number eight doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their respective matches to keep India in the final race.
However, India did not start well. World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen lost 13-21, 13-21 to world number one and Tokyo Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen as Denmark took a 1-0 lead. After this, Rankireddy and Shetty won the first doubles match. The Indian pair beat Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18, 21-23, 22-20 in the second match to level India 1-1.
Srikanth gave the lead, Prannoy ended the game
World No. 11 Srikanth defeated world No. 3 Anders Antonsen 21-18, 12-21, 21-15 to take a 2-1 lead. India’s second doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garga and Vishnuvardhan Gaur Panjala lost 14-21, 13-21. Anders Skarp Rasmussen and Friedrich Sogaard. Due to which both the teams were tied at 2-2.
In such a situation, veteran shuttler Prannoy returned after losing the first game and led his team to victory. Against the 13th ranked race game in the world, Prannoy suffered an ankle injury after slipping on the court, but the Indian continued his fight after a medical timeout. He was seen in pain on the court, but despite this difficulty, he registered India’s name in the pages of history by winning 13-21, 21-9, 21-12.