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India lift Maiden Thomas Cup trophy, beat 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0


A determined Indian men’s team etched their name in the history books as they lifted the Thomas Cup title for the first time with a dominating 3-0 victory over 14-time champions Indonesia in the final in Bangkok on Sunday. .

India delivered a performance for the ages with World Championships medalist Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and world number 8 doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy producing memorable performances.

After being discolored in the round of 16, Sen delivered when it mattered most as he gave India a 1-0 lead with an 8-21 21-17 21-16 win from behind over world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a superb display of temperament and skill.

The country’s best doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then showed nerves of steel as they saved four match points in the second game to eventually outmaneuver Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21 23-21 21-19 .

In the second single, Srikanth then produced a fine performance to outclass Asian Games gold medalist Jonatan Christie 21-15 23-21 in 48 minutes to seal the contest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter shortly after to wish the winners. The Indian badminton team made history! The entire nation is delighted that India won the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and our best wishes for their future endeavours. This victory will motivate so many future sportspeople,” he tweeted.

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