Bangkok: The Indian men’s shuttlers on Sunday clinched their historic Thomas Cup title in Bangkok, beating the formidable Indonesia by 3-0. The one-sided final was not expected by anyone before the commencement of the match. Team India surpassed the 14-time champions and wrote a new history in Indian sports.
The Indian players stepped down the court with one goal in mind: to win the first coveted trophy. All the shuttlers were in tremendous touch on the court on Sunday’s final, never allowing their fancy opponents to come back into the match.
India has now become the sixth nation to clinch the Thomas Cup. The victory has been compared with India’s triumph in the 1983 cricket World Cup over the much stronger West Indies in the final at Lords, captained by Kapil Dev.
Sportspersons are giving their reactions after the fabulous victory by the Indian badminton stars.
“What a historic day! An incredible achievement by an incredible Team India to win the # ThomasCup for the first time ever, “Olympic gold medalist shooter Abhinav Bindra tweeted. “Bounced back from tough situations on numerous occasions to win Gold. Kudos to all the players and coaches. “Champions, all of you! “
Earlier, India had reached the semi-finals stage of the Thomas Cup on three occasions (1979, 1955, and 1952) – but never made it to the final.
Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone sounded elated with India’s win in the Thomas Cup. A historical achievement for Indian badminton, Padukone said that it was a “red letter day for the Indian sport.” “I never thought as a team that we would win,” he further added.
India defeated three superior sides in a row before reaching the top of the podium. Team India first defeated Malaysia in the quarterfinals, then came back strongly and then shocked the other powerhouse of badminton, Denmark, in the semis, and in the end, it was like climbing Mount Everest. India’s men’s shuttlers outclassed Indonesia in the final.
It was a team effort throughout the tournament. Lakshya Sen set the tone for the victory, defeating Anthony Ginting despite a nervous beginning in his first game. In addition to Sen, the doubles duo of Satwaiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept their nerve in crucial moments of the match in the doubles game to give India a crucial lead.
The applause from Indian fans went louder and louder and it reached its pinnacle the moment Kidambi Srikanth defeated world number eight, Jonathan Christie, to seal the match in India’s kitty.
After the win, Srikanth called it the biggest win for Indian badminton, one that was very important in the history of Indian sporting events. The likes of Pullela Gopichand and Vimal Kumar echoed his sentiments and called it as big as, maybe even bigger than, India’s victory in the 1983 cricket World Cup.