The Indian men’s badminton team created history on Sunday. The team won the Thomas Cup for the first time in 73 years. India defeated Indonesia, which has won the title 14 times. Our heroes beat the Indonesian team 3-0. India was playing the final for the first time in this tournament. In this title battle of five matches, India won three consecutive wins. These included two singles and one double.
After this victory, the Union Sports Ministry announced prize money of 1 crore for the Indian team. This is the first time that the Sports Ministry has announced a reward for winning any badminton tournament. Earlier rewards were only given during the Olympic, Asian, and Commonwealth Games.
Summary of the Final
Lakshya Sen won the first singles
Indian rising star Lakshya started the winning music by beating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting after losing the first game. Lakshya won the match by 8-21, 21-17, 21-16
Chirag-Satwik won the doubles match after losing the first game
The Indian pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy lost the first game, then won the second and third games to win the match.
Kidambi completed the final step to victory
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Veteran Kindabi Srikanth completed the last hurdle. The responsibility of winning other singles was on his shoulders. At that time India was leading 2-0. The right-handed shuttler defeated higher-ranked Jonathan Christie 21-15, 23-21 in straight games. The match lasted for 48 minutes.
PM spoke to the Indian team
After the victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the players of the Indian team. He congratulated them on this historic victory. HS Prannoy gave this information by posting a social media.
HS Prannoy had won even after an injury in the semi-finals
India’s HS Prannoy, despite the injury, took to the court in the semi-finals and led the team to victory. The two teams were tied 2–2 after the first four matches in the semi-final against Denmark. In the last match, HS Prannoy of India faced Rasmus Gemke for Denmark. Prannoy won the match 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 in 1 hour, 13 minutes.
Team India lost to only one team in the journey till the final
India’s journey to the final in the Thomas Cup was spectacular. The Indian team got its only defeat in the group stage match against Chinese Taipei in the journey to the final. The Indian team defeated Germany 5-0, and Canada 5-0 in the group stage match. At the same time, it lost 2-3 to Chinese Taipei.