Thomas Cup: Indian Badminton Stars Storm Court, Mob Teammate After Historic Win. Watch


The Indian males’s badminton crew made historical past on Thursday after getting into the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup for the primary time in 43 years. India beat Malaysia 3-2 within the quarterfinals and guaranteed themselves of at the least a bronze medal. That is India’s first-ever medal in Thomas Cup because the change within the qualifying format. India, nevertheless, did not have it simple and needed to overcome a stiff problem from the Malaysians. Ultimately, all of it boiled right down to the ultimate singles tie between HS Prannoy and Leong Jun Hao. After an early stutter, Prannoy utterly dominated the proceedings to win the match and ship the crew into raptures.

Following Prannoy’s 21-13, 21-8 win, the Indian crew rushed to the court docket and mobbed their teammate, celebrating the win wildly.

Issues did not begin properly for India within the tie as badminton sensation Lakshya Sen went down 21-23, 9-21 to reigning world champion Lee Zii Jia.

The Indian doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy dished out an excellent efficiency to beat world quantity 13 Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin 21-19, 21-15 to attract the crew stage.

India then took a 2-1 lead with Kidambi Srikanth bringing his wealth of expertise into play and outclassing world quantity 46 NG Tze Yong 21-11, 21-17.

Malaysia, although, had been in no temper to roll over. Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi beat India’s younger pairing of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala 21-19, 21-17 to ship their tie into the decider.

It was Prannoy in opposition to a 22-year-old Leong Jun Hao and the Indian definitely did not disappoint.

Prannoy fell 1-6 behind within the first sport, however aside from overcoming that blip, he just about managed the match. The Indian was at a very completely different stage within the second sport, not giving his opponent even a sniff.

India will tackle Viktor Axelsen-led Denmark within the semis on Friday.