Lakshya Sen, doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and Kidambi Srikanth created history when they led the Indian men’s badminton team to their maiden Thomas Cup win. India defeated 14 time winners Indonesia 3-0 to achieve this historic feat. In the second singles, Kidambi Srikanth defeated Jonatan Christie 21-15, 23-21 to give India its first gold medal in the competition’s history.
Earlier, Lakshya was outstanding in his come-from-behind victory over world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then outwitted Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo with their skill set and expertise in the doubles game. Satwik and Chirag won the game 18-21, 23-21, 21-19, while Lakshya won 8-21, 21-17, and 21-16.
Lakshya won the game with great zeal and courage in the final. Satwik and Chirag’s emotions got the best of them for a brief while after being neck-and-neck with Indonesian stars. However, with a little poise and superb nerve management, India was able to force the game into a decider. Chirag’s cross-court smash gave India a 2-0 lead.
In the end, Satwik gave India the perfect 3-0 victory. HS Prannoy, who had played vital roles in the previous two knockout rounds, as well as the doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, were not required today.
Meanwhile, Twitter went crazy over India’s dominant 3-0 win. “The Indian badminton team has scripted history! The entire nation is elated by India winning the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and best wishes to them for their future endeavours. This win will motivate so many upcoming sportspersons,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted.
Here are the top Twitter reactions
The Indian badminton team has scripted history! The entire nation is elated by India winning the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and best wishes to them for their future endeavours. This win will motivate so many upcoming sportspersons.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 15, 2022
#ThomasCup – A tale of Golden Feather comes home to 🇮🇳!
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 15, 2022
INDIA WINS THE THOMAS CUP!🏆
Team India scripts history by winning their first-ever #ThomasCup title!🇮🇳
What a dominating performance to defeat 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0! pic.twitter.com/zeRC04EgJV
— The Bridge (@the_bridge_in) May 15, 2022
INDIA ARE THE 2022 THOMAS CUP CHAMPIONS!!!
— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) May 15, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 15, 2022
— Karamdeep (@oyeekd) May 15, 2022
Congratulations to Team India on the historic win. Lakshya Sen FC needs to go bigger. #ThomasCup
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 15, 2022
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 15, 2022
HISTORY SCRIPTED 🥺❤️
Pure show of grit and determination & India becomes the #ThomasCup champion for the 1️⃣st time in style, beating 14 times champions Indonesia 🇮🇩 3-0 in the finals 😎
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) May 15, 2022
What a moment for Indian Badminton! 👏🏻 🏸
Congratulations to the team for winning over Malaysia and entering the semifinals of the #ThomasCup, assuring 🇮🇳 a medal!
Well done Srikanth, Prannoy, Chirag, Satwiksairaj & Lakshya. pic.twitter.com/9OlFhBBMLO
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 13, 2022
As #TeamIndia defeats 14-time #ThomasCup Champions Indonesia (🇮🇳3-0🇮🇩) to win its 1️⃣st ever #ThomasCup2022, @India_Sport is proud to announce a cash award of ₹ 1 crore for the team in relaxation of rules to acknowledge this unparalleled feat!
Congratulations Team India!! https://t.co/QMVCvBDDZS
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) May 15, 2022