By defeating Denmark 3-2 in the Thomas Cup semifinal. The Indian men’s badminton team made history and guaranteed themselves a silver medal.
HS Prannoy stumbled and fell awkwardly in the first game of the crucial fifth match against Denmark, down 4-11 in the semi-final. A physician was summoned. The Indian shuttler lost 13-21 with his heel bound following a medical pause. India’s chances of reaching a first Thomas Cup final appeared to be all but over at that time.
Thomas Cup India marks History by Reaching Finals
With a 3-2 victory over former champions Denmark on Friday, the world No. 23 staged a sensational comeback to defeat Rasmus Gemke 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 in an hour and 13 minutes. Advancing India to the final of the prestigious biennial tournament. Also known as the World Men’s Team Championships, for the first time since the first edition in 1949.
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Just as Prannoy’s sliced drop reached the net with Gemke unable to catch the shuttle. An ecstatic Indian squad rushed on to the court to hug him. Also India will meet the most successful team in tournament history, 14-time winners and defending champions Indonesia, in the final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. Also, Indonesia defeated Japan 3-2. Since India is the ninth team to reach the final and will attempt to become the sixth team to win the trophy on Sunday.
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The Indian team, which had never advanced past the semi-finals since 1979, displayed incredible grit as it rallied from a game down to defeat the 2016 champions.
Thomas Cup Final India vs Indonesia
India will now face Indonesia in Thomas Cup, the most successful team in history, who have won 14 times. In their semifinal, Indonesia defeated Japan 3-2.
Also it was a commendable performance from the Indian team. Which had reached the semifinals for the first time in 43 years on Thursday with a 3-2 triumph over five-time winners Malaysia, a feat last accomplished in 1979.
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