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.
— Pramod Bhagat (@PramodBhagat83) May 13, 2022
Achievement Unlocked ?? for India ???? at #ThomasCup2022
And the REACTION is priceless ??
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) May 13, 2022
Historic second for Indian badminton. Kudos to HS Prannoy, what a comeback within the high-pressure match. India within the ultimate of the #thomascup2022 with a 3-2 win over Denmark. India to face Indonesia within the ultimate. @PRANNOYHSPRI @srikidambi @lakshya_sen @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) May 13, 2022
And historical past is created ! India reaches finals of Thomas cup this 12 months ! What a group effort boys !!!! ?????????????????????????????? @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj @PRANNOYHSPRI @srikidambi @lakshya_sen #vishnuvardhanGoudPanjala #Krishnaprasadgaraga
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) May 13, 2022
India via to the Thomas Cup ultimate beating Denmark. Wonderful!!!!
— Pleasure Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) May 13, 2022
Wow! We now have to pinch ourselves to imagine this. India beat Denmark 3-2 to enter the Thomas Cup badminton ultimate! Pleasant to observe this group punch above its weight for 2 nights in-a-row. Simply wow!
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) May 13, 2022
Yesss!!! Fairly merely an unimaginable, historic win for India to achieve the ultimate of the Thomas Cup. Srikanth, Prannoy and the doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag have put in some constant & colossal performances over the week to beat 2 powerhouses in Malaysia and Denmark ?????? pic.twitter.com/RDnRTi9ikI
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) May 13, 2022
Wow wow wow! ?????? india reaches Thomas Cup finals! This is likely one of the most superb moments in Indian sport! Salute to every of you badminton champs! Happy with all of you! @PRANNOYHSPRI @srikidambi @lakshya_sen @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 13, 2022
Beating the formidable Denmark group, India creates historical past by getting into Thomas cup finals!! https://t.co/5RGocnrNF8
— Arvind Gupta (@buzzindelhi) May 13, 2022
One other HISTORIC WIN for #TeamIndia ????
Our BOYS ???? have accomplished it once more ?????? re-writing historical past as they develop into the 1??st-ever Indian Workforce to advance to the FINALS of #ThomasCup ??
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) May 13, 2022
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.