Indian badminton team celebrates historic Thomas Cup win
Indian badminton team created history as they lifted the Thomas Cup trophy for the very first time in 73 years.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a special interaction via phone with the Indian badminton team. On the call, the Prime Minister remarked that the team has done wonders and invited them to his residence upon reaching India to share their experiences with him.
After registering the historic win in Thomas Cup on May 15, winners Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Chirag Shetty and others thanked PM Narendra Modi for 'motivating and encouraging them to do better.'
"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," PM Modi said in a tweet.
In what was India's first-ever appearance in the tournament finale, they defeated the record 14-time champions Indonesia in the Thomas Cup 2022 final at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand by 3-0 to lift the coveted trophy.
No Indian team has previously reached the final of the Thomas and Uber Cup in its 70-plus year history. Indian men reached the Thomas Cup semi-finals in 1952, 1955 and 1979 while the women's team made it to the Uber Cup top-four in 2014 and 2016.