Amazing moment in Indian sport: Fans salute India’s Thomas Cup feat as Srikanth’s men reach first-ever final


India scripted historical past within the Thomas Cup group match on Friday, reaching the first-ever ultimate after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Denmark. India fought again from behind for the second successive tie as they shocked the Danish group, a day after outclassing Malaysia within the quarter-final.

The celebrations started as early as HS Prannoy received the final level towards Rasmus Gemke within the deciding match of the semi-final tie on the Influence Area in Thailand. Prannoy held his nerves and fought again from behind, beating the World No. 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 in a match that prolonged to an hour and 13 minutes.

His India teammates rushed on the courtroom and hugged Prannoy in pleasure because the younger crop of shuttlers celebrated the historic second in Bangkok. No Indian group had reached the ultimate of Thomas and Uber Cup till Friday however the younger facet led by Kidambi Srikanth got here up with a gutsy effort towards favourites and former champions Denmark.

India had scripted historical past on Thursday by securing their first-ever Thomas Cup medal however the boys went one step additional and booked a spot within the ultimate. India will face 14-time champions and holders Indonesia within the big-ticket ultimate on Sunday in Bangkok.

Badminton lovers on social media have been delighted as they lauded the historic feat from the Indian males in Thomas Cup.

India went down 0-1 after younger and promising shuttler Lakshya Sen, the winner of World Championships bronze medal, misplaced to reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in straight video games.

Nonetheless, top-ranked doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it 1-1 after beating Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 in a marathon battle.

Kidambi Srikanth then gave India the lead with an unimaginable win over World No. 4 Anders Antonsen. The world championships silver medalist and former World No. 1 defeated Antonsen 21-18, 12-21, 21-15.

Nonetheless, the younger doubles pairing of Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Goud misplaced their doubles tie in straight video games.

Prannoy, like Thursday, delivered within the decider, beating Gemke in 3 video games to ship India the historic victory.


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