On Sunday, India’s men’s badminton team won their first gold medal at the Thomas Cup, defeating 14-time champions and defending champions Indonesia in the final.
The Indian men’s badminton team makes history by winning the Thomas Cup.
The men’s badminton team overcame 14-time champions and holders Indonesia in the final on Sunday to earn their first gold medal at the Thomas Cup, making it one of Indian sports’ most memorable moments. India, who were first-time finalists, put up a remarkable display in the final, blanking Indonesia 3-0 and writing history. Lakshya Sen, 20, began by defeating Anthony Ginting, the bronze medalist from the Tokyo Olympics. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then upset Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 to give India a 2-0 lead. Finally, Kidambi Srikanth outclassed Jonatan Christie 21-15,23-21 to seal India’s historic victory.
For the First Time, India made it to the Final.
India had never even made it to the final of the Thomas Cup before. Yet they played with steely nerves the entire time. After losing their first games, Lakshya Sen and the Rankireddy-Shetty doubles combo both bounced back.
In reality, Ginting had trounced Sen 8-21 in the opening game. He battled back to win the second game, 21-17.
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The Indians put on a display in the third quarter. Wowing everyone with their cat-like reflexes and relentless defense to win 21-16.
Rankireddy and Shetty were given the arduous job of facing Ahsan and Sukamuljo. The opening game was won by the Indonesians 21-18. They went on to establish a commanding lead in the second game, but Rankireddy-Shetty fought back to win it 23-21 after saving four match points.
In the Thomas Cup final, India defeated Indonesia 3-0.
The championship game was a close one, with nothing separating the two teams, but the Indians held on to take a 2-0 lead. It was then Srikanth’s turn. The shuttler had performed admirably throughout the competition and was now enjoying the festivities.
In 19 minutes, he finished the opening game against Christie. During the second game’s mid-break period, Srikanth was up 11-8. On the other hand, the Indonesian rallied to take a 16-13 lead, but Srikanth hung in there and refused to give up.
At 20-21, Srikanth saved a game point before sealing the game and the match for India, earning them an incredible triumph.