I never thought as a team that we would win: Prakash Padukone on India’s Thomas Cup victory

Prakash Padukone sounded delighted with India’s victory in the prestigious Thomas Cup. He said it was a red letter day for India.

India celebrates after winning the Thomas Cup. (Courtesy of: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India is the only sixth country to win the Thomas Cup
  • The win has been hailed as much as the 1983 Cricket World Cup
  • Kidambi Srikanth said it was the greatest achievement in Indian badminton

Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone sounded elated with India’s victory in the Thomas Cup. A historic achievement for Indian badminton, Padukone said it was a red letter dau for the Indian sport.

“There is absolutely no luck here, we have really arrived. It is a red letter day,” Prakash told India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai.

“I never thought as a team that we would win,” he added.

India won their historic Thomas Cup campaign on Sunday, May 15, becoming only the sixth country to win the prestigious title. The team defeated 14-time champions, powerhouse Indonesia, beating them 3-0 in the final.

India was considered the underdog in the knockout stages of the competition, beating Malaysia in the quarter-finals, Denmark in the semi-finals and then shocking the crowd in Bangkok. A complete team performance in the final, India’s victory was achieved by the eagerness of Lakshya Sen who defeated Anthony Ginting despite a shaky start in his first match. After Sen, the doubles of Satwaiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept the spirits up in the doubles to give India a crucial lead.

Once they had achieved an unlikely result, the pumped-up Indian camp and loud cheers from the Indian supporters in the stadium took over. The cheers went from loud to deafening after Kidambi Srikanth defeated world No. 8 Jonathan Christie to seal the deal for India.

After the win, Srikanth called it the biggest win for Indian badminton, a win that was very important in the history of Indian sporting events. People like Pullela Gopichand and Vimal Kumar echoed his sentiments, calling it as big as, perhaps even bigger than India’s win at the 1983 cricket World Cup.

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