After a 2-2 draw in a thrilling semi-final match yesterday, India created history by winning 3-2 by defeating the Danish shuttler in a tough 3-game match.
The Indian badminton team created history on the back of another stellar performance by HS Prannoy, defeating Denmark in the semi-finals to reach the final of the Thomas Cup. After a 2-2 draw in a thrilling semi-final match yesterday, India once again defeated the Danish shuttler in a three-game hard-fought 3-2 win over India for the first time in the 73-year history of badminton’s biggest team tournament. Will play the final match of the claim.
Let us tell you that in this tournament being held in Bangkok, a day before this, the Indian team defeated five-time champion Malaysia 3-2 to make it to the semi-finals of this tournament after 43 years. Prannoy had taken India to the semi-finals of this tournament for the first time in the current format by winning the last match in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, the whole burden came on him again and despite the injury during the match, he led India to the title match with a combative game. World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth won in singles while world number eight doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their respective matches to keep India in the race for the final but Prannoy held on to the team after a 2-2 draw. helped make history.
Significantly, India did not start well. Denmark took a 1-0 lead after World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen lost 13-21 13-21 to world number one and Tokyo Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen. Then Rankireddy and Shetty won the first doubles match. The Indian pair beat Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 in the second match to level India at 1-1. Srikanth then defeated world number three Anders Antonsen 21-18 12-21 21-15 to take a 2-1 lead. India’s second doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala lost to Anders Skarup Rasmussen and Friedrich Sogard. With this both the teams were tied at 2-2.
In such a situation, veteran shuttler Prannoy came back after losing the first game and led his team to victory. Prannoy suffered an ankle injury after slipping on the court against world No. 13 Rasmus Gameke but the Indian continued his fight after taking a medical timeout. He was seen in pain on the court but despite this trouble, he registered India’s name in the pages of history by registering a 13-21 21-9 21-12 victory.