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Rs 1 crore for India badminton team: Sports Ministry rewards India for Thomas Cup triumph

India ended their 73-year-long wait for Thomas Cup title as the young badminton team stunned 14-time champions Indonesia in a one-sided final in Bangkok on Sunday, May 14.

India defeated Indonesia 3-0 to win their maiden Thomas Cup title (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sports Ministry announced Rs 1 crore for India’s badminton team
  • India defeated Indonesia 3-0 to win the Thomas Cup final
  • India became the 6th nation to win the prestigious Thomas Cup

India’s Spors Ministry on Sunday, May 15 rewarded the senior national men’s badminton team with Rs 1 crore for their historic Thomas Cup victory.

A determined Indian men’s team etched its name in the history books by lifting the Thomas Cup title for the first time with a dominant 3-0 win over 14-time champions Indonesia in the final here on Sunday. India dished out a performance for the ages with World Championships medallist Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and world number 8 doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy producing memorable performances.

“As #TeamIndia defeats 14-time #ThomasCup Champions Indonesia to win its 1st ever #ThomasCup2022, @IndiaSports is proud to announce a cash award of Rs 1 crore for the team in relaxation of rules to acknowledge this unparalleled feat! ,” Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced.

After being offcolour in the knockout stages, Sen delivered when it mattered the most as he gave India a 1-0 lead with a come-from-behind 8-21 21-17 21-16 win over world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in a superb show of temperament and skill.

The country’s best doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then showed nerves of steel as it saved four match points in the second game to eventually outwit Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21 23-21 21-19.

In the second singles, Srikanth then produced a fine performance to outclass Asian games gold medallist Jonatan Christie 21-15 23-21 in 48 minutes to seal the contest.

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