Thomas Cup India marks History by Reaching Finals
Thomas Cup India: By winning the Thomas Cup semifinal 3-2 over Denmark. The Indian men’s badminton team created history by securing a silver medal.
In the semi-final, HS Prannoy tripped and fell awkwardly in the first game of the critical fifth round against Denmark, falling 4-11. A doctor was summoned. Following a medical pause, the Indian shuttler lost 13-21 with his heel strapped. Also at the time, India’s chances of reaching a first Thomas Cup final appeared to be all but nil.
Also the world No. 23 completed a spectacular comeback to upset Rasmus Gemke 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 in an hour and 13 minutes with a 3-2 triumph over previous champions Denmark on Friday. Also taking India to the coveted biennial tournament’s final. For the first time since the first edition in 1949, the World Men’s Team Championships are being held.
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Gemke was unable to catch Prannoy’s sliced drop as it approached the net. A jubilant Indian team came onto the court to embrace him. At the Impact Arena in Bangkok, India will face the most successful team in competition history, 14-time winners and defending champions Indonesia. Since Indonesia also defeated Japan 3-2. India is the eighth team to reach the final and will aim to win the trophy on Sunday.
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The Indian team, which has never moved past the semi-finals since 1979, showed amazing courage in defeating the 2016 champions after coming back from a game down.
Thomas Cup Final India vs Indonesia
In the Thomas Cup, India will meet Indonesia, the most successful team in history, having won 14 times. Indonesia defeated Japan 3-2 in the semifinals.
The Indian squad also put forth a terrific performance. On Thursday, it reached the semifinals for the first time in 43 years, defeating five-time champion Malaysia 3-2, a feat previously accomplished in 1979.
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