Bangkok, Pretr. A confident Indian men’s team will look to create history once again against 14-time champions Indonesia in the final of the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on Sunday.
The defending champions Indonesia have an excellent record in this tournament and this team has been unbeaten in the current tournament so far. The Indian men’s team, however, made it to the finals for the first time by defeating teams like Malaysia and Denmark and showed that they have the ability to beat any team. This is a historic moment for India. There was no lack of confidence in the Indian players against a better ranked team and despite falling behind in the last two matches, the team showed mental strength and registered a victory. Indonesia has not lost a match in the tournament so far, while India suffered their only defeat against Chinese Taipei in the group stage.
Indonesia beat China and Japan in the knockout stage, while India defeated former five-time champions Malaysia and 2016 winners Denmark. India’s star men’s players Kidambi Srikanth and SS Prannoy have taken the responsibility on their shoulders and have won all their five matches so far. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have also put up impressive performances. The young pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala proved to be the weak link but they put up a tough fight during their defeats against Malaysia and Denmark.
India may once again field MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila as the second doubles pair in the final. The pair played two matches in the round robin format, winning one and losing the other. World No. 9 Lakshya Sen has done well in pieces but has failed to get the team off to a positive start in the last two matches. Lakshya is likely to face world number four Anthony Sinisuka Ginting on Sunday and the Indian would like to draw inspiration from his performance against the Indonesian in his previous match when he registered an easy straight-game win at the German Open in March. Was. Srikanth is expected to take on world No. 8 Jonathan Christie who has been in fine form. If the match remains close, then Prannoy may face world number 24 Shesar Hiren Rustavito.
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