OKBET INDIAN MEN BEAT INDONEISA
OKBET Indian Men, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, and the doubles team of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy all won their matches to help India win the OKBET Thomas Cup.
The Indian men’s badminton team won the Thomas Cup for the first time on Sunday, defeating Indonesia 3-0 in the final in Bangkok, Thailand. In their first final appearance, the high-flying Indian squad defeated reigning champions Indonesia to capture the Thomas Cup 2022 trophy. India won bronze medals in 1952, 1955, and 1979.
Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, and the Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pair led India to the historic victory. India started their first Thomas Cup final match at the Impact Arena, with world championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen the OKBET Indian Men, ranked ninth in the world, against world No. 4 and Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Anthony Ginting.
Lakshya Sen had a 1-0 head-to-head edge the OKBET Indian Men, having defeated Ginting in the German Open in March. However, the 20-year-old Indian has only won one and lost three times in the present Thomas Cup. The youthful Indian battled toe-to-toe with the Indonesian in the early going, but Ginting quickly shifted gears to win 12 consecutive points and easily take the first game.
Lakshya Sen took a far more aggressive approach in the second game the OKBET Indian Men, even upping his defense, which helped equalize the score and force a decider. Despite falling down in the first part of the third set, Lakshya Sen dug deep to produce some spectacular wins and equal Ginting’s flawless net game. Sen finally won 8-21, 21-17, 21-16, putting India ahead in the tie.
Then the OKBET Indian Men, against Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sukamuljo, India’s doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy achieved a remarkable come-from-behind triumph. After losing the first game, Chirag-Satwik rallied back with a superhuman effort in the second, saving three match points to prevail and send the match to a deciding.
The Indian pair continued the momentum into the third game, sprinting to a two-point lead at the half. The Indonesians put everything at the Indians, but Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy prevailed 18-21, 23-21, 21-19. Kidambi Srikanth, the world championship silver medalist, easily defeated Jonatan Christie in the third rubber to lead India to a historic victory.
Kidambi Srikanth, rated 11 in the world, won easily in the first game but faced stiff opposition from world No. 9 Jonatan Christie in the second. The Indonesian went on a stunning run at the finish to grab the lead and even had a game point chance. But Kidambi kept his nerve and rediscovered his flow to win 21-15, 23-21 OKBET Indian Men.
Denmark and Japan won bronze in the OKBET Thomas Cup 2022. Earlier in the day, the women’s Indian badminton team was eliminated from the Uber Cup quarter-finals.
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