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Indian badminton team creates history, beats Indonesia 3-0 to clinch maiden Gold medal in finals of Thomas Cup 2022

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The Indian men’s badminton team created history on Sunday, May 15, with Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeating 14-time winners Indonesia 3-0 to win their first-ever Thomas Cup gold.

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With this, India became the sixth nation to crowned Thomas Cup champions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the team and said that the win will motivate many.

“The Indian badminton team has scripted history! The entire nation is elated by India winning the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and best wishes to them for their future endeavours. This win will motivate so many upcoming sportspersons,” wrote PM Modi on Twitter.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also hailed the performance and announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for the players “in relaxation of rules to acknowledge this unparalleled feat.”

“HISTORY CREATED! Congratulations to the Indian men’s badminton team’s for winning the Thomas Cup! This extraordinary feat, with succesive victories over Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia, calls for matching honour by the nation,” he tweeted.

After being offcolour in the knockout stages, Sen delivered when it mattered the most as he gave India a 1-0 lead with a come-from-behind 8-21 21-17 21-16 win over world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a superb show of temperament and skill.

In the second singles, Srikanth then produced a fine performance to outclass Asian games gold medallist Jonatan Christie 21-15 23-21 in 48 minutes to seal the contest.

The country’s best doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then showed nerves of steel as it saved four match points in the second game to eventually outwit Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21 23-21 21-19.

No Indian team has previously reached the final of the Thomas and Uber Cup in its 70-plus year history. Indian men reached the Thomas Cup semi-finals in 1952, 1955 and 1979 while the women’s team made it to the Uber Cup top-four in 2014 and 2016.

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