Amazing moment in Indian sport: Fans salute India’s Thomas Cup feat as Srikanth’s men reach first-ever final

India scripted history in the Thomas Cup team tournament on Friday, reaching the first-ever final after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Denmark. India fought back from behind for the second successive tie as they stunned the Danish team, a day after outclassing Malaysia in the quarter-final.

The celebrations began as early as HS Prannoy won the last point against Rasmus Gemke in the deciding match of the semi-final tie at the Impact Arena in Thailand. Prannoy held his nerves and fought back from behind, beating the World No. 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 in a match that extended to an hour and 13 minutes.

His India teammates hastened on the court and hugged in joy as the young crop of shuttlers celebrated the historic moment in Bangkok. No Indian team had reached the final of Thomas and Uber Cup until Friday but the young side led by Kidambi Srikanth came up with a gutsy effort against favorites and former champions Denmark.

India had scripted history on Thursday by securing their first-ever Thomas Cup medal but the boys went one step further and booked a place in the final. India will face 14-time champions and holders Indonesia in the big-ticket final on Sunday in Bangkok.

Badminton lovers on social media were delighted as they lauded the historic feat from the Indian men in Thomas Cup.

India went down 0-1 after young and promising shuttler Lakshya Sen, the winner of World Championships bronze medal, lost to reigning Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen in straight games.

However, top-ranked doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it 1-1 after beating Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 in a marathon battle.

Kidambi Srikanth then gave India the lead with an incredible win over World No. 4 Anders Antonsen. The world championships silver medalist and former World No. 1 defeated Antonsen 21-18, 12-21, 21-15.

However, the young doubles pairing of Krishna Prasad and Vishnuvardhan Goud lost their doubles tie in straight games.

Prannoy, like Thursday, delivered in the decider, beating Gemke in 3 games to deliver India the historic victory.