Indian badminton team created history, won the first Thomas Cup title


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 15

Kidambi Srikanth was cornered by team-mates just seconds after India won 3-0 to clinch their maiden Thomas Cup title. Srikanth defeated Jonathan Christie 22-15, 23-21. The result was that Srikanth and his team created history after winning the Thomas Cup title for the first time in 73 years.

Lakshya Sen and the doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy produced two consecutive scintillating performances to clinch India’s first title.

Sen defeated Anthony Ginting to give India the lead in the first match. Chirag and Satwik saved four match points to register a 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 win.

The Indian doubles pair took a 2-0 lead in the final after beating Indonesia’s Mohamed Ahsan and Kevin Sanjay Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19.

Complimenting the Indian men’s badminton team for winning the Thomas Cup for the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they have written history and their victory will inspire many upcoming players.

Meanwhile, the game Minister Anurag Thakur has announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore for the men’s badminton team.

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