Thomas Cup Final Live, India vs Indonesia: India men’s badminton team looks to win maiden title

Indian men’s badminton contingent for Thomas Cup.

Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2022 Thomas Cup final between India and Indonesia. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfurls at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

MATCH OVERVIEW

First Singles: Lakshya Sen vs Anthony Sinisuka Ginting

First Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty vs Mohammad Ahsan / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo

Second Singles: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Second Doubles *: MR Arjun / Dhruv Kapila vs Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto

Third Singles *: HS Prannoy vs Shesar Hiren Rhustavito

* = if necessary

10:35 AM: While BAI’s selection criteria allowed direct entry into the Thomas Cup squad only to players in the top 16 in singles, the governing body made an exception for World No. 23 HS Prannoy rewarding him for his good performances in recent tournaments. The decision has done wonders for the side as Prannoy won both the deciding third singles in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Prannoy after India’s quarterfinal win over Malaysia – “This is the one big event that I’ve dreamed of winning a medal in for the last decade. We tried our best in the past too but we could never ever come close. This is a huge moment for me. It’s not just a victory for me but for all the people who believed in me. This is probably one of the biggest days in my career. I don’t think I’ve been this happy in the last few years. ” Read the full piece by Jonathan Selvaraj here:
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10:20 AM: “The Thomas Cup is the biggest tournament in badminton team. Making the finals means you stand eye to eye with the best nations in world badminton. The magnitude of an Indian team reaching the final is what I’d imagine the team that made the cricket World Cup finals back in 1983 ”- Pullela Gopichand. Read the entire piece by Jonathan Selvaraj here:

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10:10 AM: Here’s how the two sides have performed so far at this edition of the Thomas Cup:

India Indonesia
Match 1 Beat Germany 5-0 (Group C) Beat Singapore 4-1 (Group A)
Match 2 Beat Canada 5-0 (Group C) Beat Thailand 4-1 (Group A)
Match 3 Lost 2-3 to Chinese Taipei (Group C) Beat Korea 3-2 (Group A)
Quarterfinal Beat Malaysia 3-2 Beat China 3-0
Semifinal Beat Indonesia 3-2 Beat Japan 3-2

MATCH PREVIEW

Indian men’s badminton team takes on 14-time champion Indonesia in its maiden Thomas Cup Final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.

Having already bettered its best performance of reaching the semifinals in 1952, 1955 and 1979 editions, India will look to upset the mighty Indonesians to lift the trophy for the first time in the 73-year history of the tournament.

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India reached the summit clash by beating 2016 champion Denmark 3-2 in a thrilling semifinal on Friday. HS Prannoy came from a game down to win the third and deciding singles against Rasmus Gemke after the two sides were tied 2-2 at the end of two singles and two doubles matches. The winning pattern was similar to India’s quarterfinal where it defeated five-time champion Malaysia 3-2 courtesy of Prannoy beating Leong Jun Hao in the final singles in straight games.

India was drawn to face Malaysia in the last eight fixture after it finished second in Group C where it beat both Germany and Canada 5-0 before suffering a 2-3 loss against the Chinese Taipei side.

Where to watch?

The 2022 Thomas Cup final between India and Indonesia will be live telecast on Sports18 and live streamed on Voot Select and JioTV from 11:30 am IST onwards.

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