The Indian men’s badminton team made history by unexpectedly advancing to the Thomas Cup. Last with a 3-2 win in a nail-biting semifinal. HS Prannoy put up a heroic effort in the deciding fifth set. India, who had never made it beyond the semifinals since 1979. Displayed incredible battling spirit as it overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat the reigning champions, Denmark. It took HS Prannoy to lead India to victory in a 2-2 draw. Despite Kidambi Srikanth’s silver medal performance at the world championships and the world no. 8 doubles combo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Prannoy obligatory to take a medical break after he slipped on the frontcourt while attempting to return. But the Indian could resume the match after treatment.
His on-court mobility hamper seemed uncomfortable. But he still put forth an incredible effort to help India win 13-21, 21-9, 21-12. And cement their place in history. India’s 3-2 victory against five-time winners Malaysia on Thursday was the first time the Indian team had made it to the semifinals. Since 1979 when they previously accomplished the feat.
To beat Denmark, the first European nation to win the crown in 2016. India had an uphill battle on its hands. With his recent victory against Viktor Axelsen in Germany, Lakhya Sen had a lot of pressure. Still, he couldn’t live up to it as the world number one recorded, an easy 13-21, 13-21 victory to give Denmark the 1-0 lead.
With Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, Denmark opted to divide its world number 9 pair in half. And have Astrup join Mathias Christiansen in the opening doubles. Rankireddy and Shetty, on the other hand, had a brave effort to defeat Astrup and Christiansen 21-18, 21-23, 22-20. And pull India back into the competition. The Indian duo faced five match points before converting one to restore cheer to the Indian camp. Two in the second game, and three in the third.
The Indian second double teams
Srikanth and Anders Antonsen faced up in the second singles, with the tie tied at 1-1. And the former prevailed with a hard-fought 21-18, 12-21, 21-15 victory to give India a 2-1 lead. Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala are India’s second doubles team.
After losing 14-21, 13-21 against Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Frederik Sogaard in the fourth match, the tie at 2-2. However, despite being injured, Prannoy managed to lead 11-1 in the second game after losing his first match. Even though Gemke could not pressure the Indians, he relied more on his offensive to get points. A series of mistakes by Gemke allowed Prannoy to reclaim control of the game.
Grimke’s defense crumbled under the weight of Prannoy’s thunderous smashes, which were rated 13th in the world. At halftime, the Indians led 11-4, and they continued to control the match. It was an electric atmosphere at the Impact Arena as cries of “HSP” filled the air. Prannoy took nine match points with a straight-down-the-line smash. And sealed it on the second chance as his teammates huddled in joy.