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Watch: HS Prannoy shares ‘behind the scenes’ of Thomas Cup winners dancing

By BetBarter Staff

May 27, 2022

The Indian men’s badminton team recently won the Thomas Cup, creating one of the most memorable events in the country’s sporting history. India defeated 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 in the final.

Lakshya Sen first defeated Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Anthony Ginting. Then, doubles players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 to give India a 2-0 lead. Finally, Kidambi Srikanth completed India’s historic victory by defeating Jonatan Christie 21-15, and 23-21.

A while after the inspirational win, HS Prannoy took to Twitter to share a video of the team celebrating the historic win. Lakshya Sen, Chirag Shetty, and Satwik Sairaj can be seen dancing in the video. “On Public Demand!! Behind the scenessss,” read the caption of the tweet.

Watch the video here

Prannoy disclosed to NDTV after the triumph that they had created a WhatsApp group for the Thomas Cup team members. He said that the group for the players to feel free and communicate after setbacks.

“I created that WhatsApp group. The name was ‘It’s coming home’ and it actually came home. That group was very necessary and important. Wanted a group where all the players were in it because there’s a lot of things that you can’t share with everyone out there. The players could discuss things very freely. And that really helped. We had issues and setbacks in between. We lost to Chinese Taipei in the group stage,” Prannoy said.

“To regroup after that loss was very important. The (WhatsApp) group helped each and every player immensely. We could just express what was needed,” he added.

Prakash Padukone, a former Indian badminton star, was also absolutely thrilled with the victory. He stated that he did not expect such a remarkable victory so quickly. However, he said that this win has established India as the superpower in the sport.

“I didn’t expect this to happen so early, not at least in the next 8-10 years. I think we have truly arrived and India will be considered a superpower and a threat from now on. It will give a big fillip to the sport,” he said as quoted by NDTV Sports.