India’s men’s badminton team made history after defeating 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 to win their first ever Thomas Cup crown. All three matches were very close with Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth winning their singles tie, while the pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their doubles tie.
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As congratulatory messages poured in from far and wide, Indian airline Air India also tweeted saying, #FlyAI: Congratulations to the Indian men’s badminton team for winning the #ThomasCup2022 beating 14-time champion Indonesia today. This victory will give wings to the dreams of all the young athletes in our country. What a proud moment.”
#FlyAI: Congratulations to the Indian men’s badminton team for winning the #ThomasCup2022 beating the 14-time champion Indonesia today. This victory will give wings to the dreams of all the young athletes in our country. What a proud moment.
Photo courtesy: @BAI_Media pic.twitter.com/G24CqcsztD— Air India (@airindiain) May 15, 2022
Shortly after, Thomas Cup winner Chirag Shetty was quick to respond by sharing that he hopes the team will get a charter plane to travel back to the country. “Hope we can get a charter plane back,” he tweeted.
Speaking of the Thomas Cup final, the Indian men’s team saw Srikanth play a crucial role as they went undefeated in the tournament.
During a virtual press conference, Srikanth said: “Individual events are always different to team events and we hardly get to play team events and the Thomas Cup finals are the biggest team events. So winning an event So big is a big moment. It’s actually going to take a while before you know what really happened.”
“I’ll call this one of my biggest wins and I’m happy everyone played extremely well. I don’t think this is the win of one individual, it’s about all 10 players. They all stepped up when it mattered.”