Thomas Cup 2022: Baddy boys shuttle to historic triumph | Badminton News

For those who have only heard of India’s triumph at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, most of the time a recent film of the same name will suffice, you can surely tell that’s how it must have felt.
Chirag Shetty hovers in the air, cocky enough to attempt a bold ‘tweener’ (that arrogant backshot between the legs) in this pressure cooker setting, and then stays fairly afloat until Kidambi Srikanth smashes the victor behind The Weaker Left his Indonesian rival was akin to Krish Srikkanth’s one-knee square that had clipped Andy Roberts at Lord’s nearly four decades earlier.
Like Shetty in his double win with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who reinforced the tone set by an indefatigable Lakshya Sen in the opening singles, it was in the air. Ordained in the stars, it was written in the tea leaves left in your cups that you lazily put away that Sunday morning.

Of all sporting triumphs, and there have been quite a few of them lately, India’s victory at the Thomas Cup should rank among the finest. For one thing, Indian men stepped out of the women’s shadows, and while that was victory enough, Srikanth with his far-off seafaring eyes, Lakshya revealing nothing, and the life-breathing twin presence of Chirag and Satwiksairaj, gave it all -male Huddle hastily wrote a new chapter in Indian sport, which was interspersed every two years with the idea of ​​a ‘new India’ after climbing every small hill that was proclaimed a summit.


In Pictures: India stuns Indonesia to win first Thomas Cup title

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India’s men’s badminton team caused a major upset when they beat 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 in Sunday’s final to win their first Thomas Cup title. (PTI photo)

This was different, there’s something unprecedented about this novelty that’s hard to explain to millennials hoping they’ll look up from their phones, stop, think and appreciate.

Consider this: India’s emphatic, stirring 3-0 verdict fell on a 14-time former winner. Seventy-three years after the founding of the Thomas, India made history by becoming only the sixth nation to win the World Men’s Team Championship.

In Bangkok on Sunday, the Indonesians, the original gangsters of this global hustle, could be forgiven for feeling a bit perplexed after the collective intensity of the Indians, looking amused and staring intently into the guts of their thugs to find patterns where none existed just caught them off guard.

This should be an elite badminton final, our salon, this is where we set the rules of the game, they said. Why was it usurped, they asked? And why couldn’t we do anything about it, they wailed in their heads? The Indonesians should have known.


In that strange avalanche of intent and tamed aggression that blew them away, the Indian men merely borrowed the mindset that Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, through years of pioneering the elite badminton circuit, discovered for themselves and then helped develop and build the who followed. In true teamwork ethos, Indian men reap just that. New India? Not sure. Real India? Definitive.

It showed. Twice Lakshya Sen fell awkwardly on his butt, slamming into the center of the court and attempting to read sly Anthony Ginting. That didn’t make for good visibility. A game and a half slipped out of his hands, it was awkward, awkward, over the top. Then, out of nowhere, Pride stepped in. As you went about your weekend chores and occasionally looked at the television, you saw the tide change. With the TV on mute, Lakhsya silently screamed the glory that was improbably snatched from him – 8-21, 21-17, 21-16. The amazing Indian partied wildly. He didn’t have much of a touch but upped his game when it mattered most. It told you that greater things were to come.

The Chirag-Satwiksairaj duo showed wondrous tricks, but makeshift pairing Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo was undeterred. For if pride had taken hold here, history hung heavy on the other side. The Indonesians won the first game and were well placed in the second, 20-17. The Indians saved four match points to force the problem and eventually win 18-21, 23-21, 21-19.
Finally Kidambi Srikanth. Undefeated in the tournament, our man was in a hurry, as if the podium, the tricolor, the medals were silently calling his name and the tie was just a tiresome formality to be dispensed with. Srikanth duly complied, brushing aside a brave but little hope, Jonatan Christie, 21-15, 23-21 in just 48 minutes.

Srikanth saved a match point and then fired a powerful smash over the line to end the match. Srikanth turned to his teammates, threw his racquet in the air and screamed with delight as his teammates rushed onto the pitch and hounded him. The Indian team was so engrossed in celebrating the event that the chair umpire had to remind Srikanth to shake his opponent’s hand! Clad in the tricolor, Srikanth obeyed and cheerfully embraced his opponent Christie. There was a strange relief on both sides, the first-time winner and the shocked vanquished.

In its first flutter at the time, the tricolor flew proudly and tears rolled down many eyes – on the podium in Bangkok and at home in India.


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