Thomas Cup 2022: India crowned champions in their first-ever finals appearance, twitterati react

Thomas Cup 2022: India crowned champions (Pic Creditt: Doordarshan Sports)
Thomas Cup 2022: India crowned champions (Pic Creditt: Doordarshan Sports)
Aishwarya Kasibhatla

The Indian men's badminton team vanquished 14-time champions Indonesia 3-0 in the finals of the 2022 Thomas Cup in Bangkok on Sunday (May 15). India scripted history in their first ever finals appearance by dethroning the defending champions to win the prestigious badminton tournament.

It all started when the 20-year-old Lakshya Sen, brimming with confidence, outpowered Anthony Ginting of Indonesia with a 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 scoreline in the first match of the finals.

Thereafter, the top Indian doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty helped India extend their lead to 2-0. They thrashed the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan-Kevin Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the men's doubles to record India's second win of the day.

Not long after, Kidambi Srikanth humbled Indonesiaโ€™s second singles player โ€” Jonatan Christie in straight sets 21-19, 23-21. Team India were crowned champions of the 2022 Thomas Cup after a 3-0 clean sweep over the Indonesians.

HISTORY SCRIPTED ๐Ÿฅบโค๏ธPure show of grit and determination & India becomes the #ThomasCup champion for the 1๏ธโƒฃst time in style, beating 14 times champions Indonesia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ 3-0 in the finals ๐Ÿ˜ŽIt's coming home! ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿป#TUC2022#ThomasCup2022#ThomasUberCups#IndiaontheRise#Badminton

Thomas Cup 2022: Twitter reacts as India win the badminton tournament

India's men's team comprising of Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and the doubles combination of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty put up a superlative show in the finals to fetch India their first-ever Thomas Cup win.

This will go on for some time now ๐Ÿ•บ๐ŸฅณWe thank each & everyone for your support โค๏ธ#TUC2022#ThomasCup2022#ThomasUberCups#IndiaontheRise#Badminton

BAI General Secretary Sanjay Mishra spoke about India's triumph:

"There are no words to describe my feelings after India's title triumph. The selectors showed faith in the senior players and their form while the youngsters showed that they can step up and take responsibility. I am confident that this title triumph would (not) only encourage young players to dream big but also be a new chapter for menโ€™s badminton in the country."

Himanta Biswa Sarma, President, Badminton Association of India praised the players and coaching staff for giving their ultimate best throughout the tournament:

โ€œIt's a very proud moment for Indian badminton. We have had many individual triumphs but winning the Thomas Cup crown is very special. This shows the depth of talent we have among the men and full credit to the players and coaching staff for giving their ultimate best through this week and beating some of the biggest badminton powerhouses on their way to the title win."

Congratulatory messages poured in for the Indian shuttlers from all sides.

Former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha hailed Indiaโ€™s efforts and recalled past memories:

When I played the Olympics at Athens 2004, India had 1 player in the mens badminton draw who lost very early. Today we are Thomas Cup Champions in 2022. What depth in Indian badminton. What a transformation. Winning mentality ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿธ
Thomas Cup Champions 2022 - INDIA. Created history. First time ever. One of the most momentous day in Indian sport.

Former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal congratulated the Indian men's team for winning the prestigious badminton tournament:

Congratulations TEAM INDIA Menโ€™s Team for winning the THOMAS CUP Title โ€ฆ Great win ๐Ÿฅ‡ #ThomasUberCup2022 @srikidambi @lakshya_sen @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04 @PRANNOYHSPRI ๐Ÿ‘

Cricket commentator/presenter Harsha Bhogle said that India's win will inspire many:

One of the great days in our sporting history. #ThomasCupChampions. So so proud of all you guys @srikidambi, @lakshya_sen, @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04 and the man who kept pulling it back @PRANNOYHSPRI. You will inspire many more.

Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra lauded the Indian badminton contingent's incredible achievement:

What a historic day! An incredible achievement by an incredible Team India to win the #ThomasCup for the first time ever!! Bounced back from tough situations on numerous occasions to win Gold. Kudos to all the players and coaches. Champions, all of you!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was elated by the Indian shuttlers' performance:

The Indian badminton team has scripted history! The entire nation is elated by India winning the Thomas Cup! Congratulations to our accomplished team and best wishes to them for their future endeavours. This win will motivate so many upcoming sportspersons.
Who would have predicted that score line? Well done ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ @BAI_Media #ThomasUberCups #Bangkok2022

Retired Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer said that it was a historic moment in Indian sporting history:

Historic moment for Indian sport! Congratulations, and take a bow Team India ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ #ThomasCup

Indian women's hockey player Rani Rampal congratulated the Indian men's team for winning the Thomas Cup badminton tournament:

History scripted !!Congratulations #TeamIndia for maiden #ThomasCup Proud moment for ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Professional Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna hailed India's victory:

Oh my goddddddd. Incredible Incredible Team India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’š.. @srikidambi @lakshya_sen @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj @PRANNOYHSPRI @dhruvkapilaa @arjunmr #ThomasUberCup2022

Indian football great Sunil Chhetri wrote:

"Some things take time, but don't let anyone tell you it can't be done".
What a moment for Indian sport - we are Thomas Cup champions for the first ever time, and we beat the best to make it happen.Congrats to the players and staff.Some things take time, but don't let anyone tell you it can't be done. ๐Ÿ‘

Also read: WATCH: Lakshya Sen celebrates by falling on the floor after beating Anthony Ginting to give India a 1-0 lead in the Thomas Cup 2022 final

Edited by Puranjay Dixit


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