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

Prime Sports, National (New Delhi), May 17:- Indian badminton legend Prakash Padukone sounded elated with India’s win in the Thomas Cup. A historical achievement for Indian badminton, Padukone said that it was a red-letter day for the Indian sport.

Absolutely no luck involved here, we have truly arrived. It’s a red- letter day,” Prakash told India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai.

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

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

India were considered the underdogs in the knockout stages of the competition and defeated Malaysia in the quarterfinals, Denmark in the semis and then shocked the crowd int Bangkok. A complete team performance in the finals, India’s win was set up by the grit of Lakshya Sen who defeated Anthony Ginting despite a shaky start in his first game. After Sen, the doubles duo of Satwaiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty held their nerve in the doubles game to give India a crucial lead.

Once they produced an unlikely result, the pumped up Indian camp and the loud cheers of the Indian supporters in the stadium took over. The cheers went from loud to deafening after Kidambi Srikanth defeated world number 8, Jonathan Christie to seal the deal for India. (M, Inputs: Agencies).

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