India became the sixth nation ever to lift the prestigious Thomas Cup title. Indonesia led the chart with 14 titles.
Yesterday was a historic day for Indian badminton as they created history at the Impact Arena in Bangkok by whitewashing defending champions Indonesia 3-0 in the final to lift their maiden Thomas Cup title.
Indian men crushed Malaysia and Denmark quarterfinals and semifinals before producing a scintillating performance on Sunday. Lashya Sen gave India the lead with a fighting win over Anthony Ginting in the first men’s singles match. Lakshya lost the first game 8-21 but came back strongly to take the match with scores of 21-17 and 21-16 in the next two games. The men’s doubles game between Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and Mohammad Ahsan-Kevin Sukamuljo was a similar kind of affair. The Indian duo of Satwik-Chirag lost the first game before turning the table to win 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 and put India on the cusp of history.
Leading 2-0, it was on Kidambi Srikanth to do the rest. The World Championship silver medalist survived some nerve-wracking moments against Jonatan Christie but in the end, won the decider 21-15, 23-21 to create history. India had previously reached the semifinals on three occasions – 1952, 1955 and 1979 – but back then, only finalists were awarded medals.
Sports Ministry announces a cash prize of Rs. 1 crore to the Indian team for winning the Thomas Cup 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the Thomas Cup triumph of the Indian Badminton team as one of the country’s finest sporting wins and invited the shuttlers to his residence on returning from Bangkok.