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History written on court: Indian badminton team clinch Thomas Cup Thomas Cup
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History written on court: Indian badminton team clinch Thomas Cup

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 15 May 2022, 04:50 pm

Bangkok: Indian men's badminton team scripted history on Sunday as they lifted their maiden Thomas Cup title after beating 14-time champion Indonesia 3-0 here in the final here at Impact Arena.

World championships silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, who was in a red-hot form in the tournament, sealed the tie for India after registering 21-15, 23-21 win over Jonatan Christie in the third rubber.

It was young Lakshya Sen, who gave India a winning start with a come-from-behind 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 win against world no 5 Anthony Ginting. 

This was his second successive win over the world no 5 Indonesian shuttler. 

The 20-year-old Indian had defeated Ginting in the German Open round-16 match in straight games 21-9, 21-9 earlier this year. 

Then, the men's doubles joined the party and extended the lead 2-0 as they defeated the scratch pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamlujo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the second rubber before Srikanth took India to the historic win. 

Srikanth held a healthy 8-2 lead in the beginning of the first game but Jonatan equalised 8-all with six points in a row, before the Indian head on to breather with 11-9 advantage and extended it to 15-13 after the break.

Then, Jonatan levelled it up 15-all but it was not enough for him to go past Srikanth as he earned six straight points to go a game up with 21-15 score. 

Both the shuttlers fought toe-to-toe to held a lead in the second game but it was the Indian, who held 11-8 advantage at half way stage. 

The momentum kept swinging and the scores were 19-all. 

Then, Jonatan reached to game-point opportunity which was saved by Srikanth with his clever net play. 

The Indonesian quickly took second game point which again saved by the Indian. 

The other moment, Srikanth earned a match-point opportunity, which he successfully converted into his favour by clinching the second game 23-21.

Enroute to final, Indian men's badminton team edged out Malaysia 3-2 to reach their first Thomas Cup semi-final in 43 years on Thursday following 3-2 win over Denmark in the semifinal to secure the maiden Thomas Cup final.

India have reached semifinals on only three occasions - 1952, 1955 and 1979. They were knocked out in the quarters of the last edition in 2020. 

(With UNI inputs)