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Result of pure mental strength and resilience: Kidambi Srikanth pens emotional note on Thomas Cup win

India beat Indonesia 3-0 with Kidambi Srikanth helping take the team across the finish line with a victory over Jonatan Christie in the final.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 16 May 2022 10:50 pm

Kidambi Srikanth delivered a dominating performance in the recently concluded Thomas Cup tournament, where he remained unbeaten and made an instrumental contribution in lifting the maiden title for the country. India thrashed Indonesia 3-0, with Kidambi Srikanth taking the team across the finish line with a victory over Jonatan Christie in the final contest.

One of the architects of the historic win, Srikanth, penned a heartfelt note stating that the journey to the podium was nothing less than a lifetime experience. Sharing his thought after etching his name into history books, Srikanth claimed that the result is the outcome of pure mental strength and resilience.

“I don’t know where to begin this. The journey to this podium is nothing short of once in a lifetime experience. He wrote in his note that this has been the result of pure mental strength and resilience,” he wrote in a tweet that was later deleted.

Adding further, Srikanth confessed that he had more losses than wins, but this one will always remain closest to his heart because of the way the boys fought and emerged victorious. He further showed confidence that the future of Indian badminton was in safe hands, and he had more pride in learning from every player than leading them.

“They bestowed upon me a great honour and chose me as their captain, but I must say I learnt more than I led this team. I know that the next generation is in safe hands and leadership like we are. I am immensely blessed and humbled to be on a prestigious podium that an Indian had never stood on before. This may have been the first, but I assure you it won’t be the last,” he further wrote.

The Thomas Cup final saw India’s Lakshya Sen ending his losing streak with an 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 win over top-seeded Anthony Sinisuka, followed by men’s double team, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beating Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 providing India with a 2-0 lead. The final game between Srikanth and Christie brought the best of both as they fought hard in the second stage for a crucial win, but eventually, Srikanth prevailed 23-21.

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