Thailand: Indian men’s badminton team created history by beating Denmark in semi final of the Thomas Cup in Thailand. India Men’s team reached Thomas Cup final for the first time ever after 43 years.
Indian men’s badminton team reached Thomas Cup final by beating Denmark with 3-2 sets in semi final. HS Prannoy produced a lion-hearted effort in the decisive fifth match as the Indian men’s badminton with a 3-2 sets victory over Denmark in an edge-of-the-seat semifinal in Thailand. World championships silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth and world number 8 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept India in the hunt.
It was once again left to Prannoy to take the team home when the tie was locked 2-2. He was up against world number 13 Rasmus Gemke, Prannoy suffered an ankle injury after slipping on the front court while going for a return but the Indian continued after taking a medical timeout. He looked in pain and his on-court movement also looked restricted but despite all odds. He produced a sensational performance to come up trumps 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 to fetch India’s name in the history books.
India will now take on 14 time champions Indonesia, the most successful team in the history. Indonesia defeated Japan 3-2 sets in their semifinal.