Thomas cup 2022: India will go on to create history in the Thomas Cup final against Indonesia

Bangkok: A confident India will look to create history once again against 14-time champions Indonesia in the final of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on Sunday. Defending champions Indonesia has a great record in this tournament and the team has been unbeaten in the current tournament so far. The Indian men’s team, however, made it […]
 


Thomas cup 2022: India will go on to create history in the Thomas Cup final against Indonesia

Bangkok: A confident India will look to create history once again against 14-time champions Indonesia in the final of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on Sunday. Defending champions Indonesia has a great record in this tournament and the team has been unbeaten in the current tournament so far. The Indian men’s team, however, made it to the finals for the first time by defeating teams like Malaysia and Denmark and showed that they have the ability to beat any team.

This is a historic moment for India. There was no lack of confidence in the Indian players against a better ranked team and despite falling behind in the last two matches, the team showed mental strength and won. Indonesia’s team has not lost any match in the tournament so far. India had to face the only defeat in the group stage against Chinese Taipei.

Indonesia defeated June and Japan in the knockout stage, while India defeated former five-time champions Malaysia and 2016 winners Denmark. India’s star men’s players Kidambi Srikanth and SS Prannoy have taken the responsibility on their shoulders. So far he has won all his five matches. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have also put up an impressive performance.

The young pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala proved to be the weak link but they put up a tough fight during the defeats against Malaysia and Denmark. India can once again field MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila as the second doubles pair in the final. The pair played two matches in the round robin format, winning one and losing the other.

World No. 9 Lakshya Sen, suffering from food poisoning at the start of the tournament, has done well in pieces but has failed to get the team off to a positive start in the last two matches. Lakshya is likely to face world number four Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Sunday and the Indian would like to draw inspiration from his performance against the Indonesian in his previous match when he registered an easy straight-game win at the German Open in March. Was.

Srikanth is expected to take on world No. 8 Jonathan Christie who has been in excellent form. In addition to winning the Swiss Open title, Christie was runner-up in Korea Open and Badminton Asia Championships. Srikanth has won four matches against Christie’s while he has to face defeat in five. The Indian, however, has lost two close matches against Christie’s this year and will look to avenge the loss in previous matches.

If the match remains close, then Prannoy may have to face world number 24 Shesar Hiren Rustavito. Prannoy led India to victory against Denmark in the semi-finals despite an ankle injury. Against world No. 23 Rustavito, Prannoy has won both his matches so far but he hasn’t faced the youngster in the last five years.

Former Indian coach Vimal Kumar, who was with the team, told PTI, We have a very balanced team, doubles players are contributing very well. All the players have performed brilliantly and have registered victories in close matches. So I think we have an equal chance against Indonesia. “The conditions here are very different, there is a lot of drift in the hall so the players who adjust will have a better chance of getting success,” he said. It is important.

Indonesia has some of the best doubles players and three of the world’s top two doubles players are Kevin Sanjay Sukamuljo, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. Apart from this, the world number 7 men’s doubles pair of Fajar Alfian and Mohammad Riyan Ardianto is also Indonesian.

Chirag and Satwik, however, defeated Sukamuljo and Ahsan in the 2018 Asia Team Championships and the Indian pair will look to register a win once again in the presence of Danish great Mathias Bo.