Thomas Cup – India beat Denmark to make maiden final in 73 years

The Indian men’s badminton team created history by beating Denmark 3-2 in the Thomas Cup semi-finals at the Thomas and Uber Cup 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

The win helped India make the Thomas and Uber Cup final for the very first time. Previously, Indian men had reached the Thomas Cup semis in 1952, 1955 and 1979 while the women’s team clinched bronze at two editions – 2014 and 2016.

Lakshya Sen lost the first match to Viktor Axelsen 21-13, 21-13 in 49 minutes. India’s top doubles players Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, though, got India back into the tie, beating Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18, 21-23, 22-20 in an hour and 17-minute-long marathon.

India then took the lead in the tie for the first time with Kidambi Srikanth beating fellow world championships silver medallist Anders Antonsen 21-18, 12-21, 21-14.

Denmark levelled the score to 2-2 after Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Frederik Sogaard downed Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Panjala

With the final singles tie set up as the decider, HS Prannoy, who had produced a clutch win against Malaysia in the quarters, stepped up against Rasmus Gemke.

Though suffering an ankle injury early in the contest, Prannoy produced a remarkable 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 come-from-behind victory to see India past the finish line.

India will play Indonesia in Sunday’s final.

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