The Indian team scripted a historic win to reach their first final in the history of the Thomas Cup. India registered a 3-2 victory as Kidambi Srikanth, Chirag Shetty – Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and HS Prannoy won their respective matches to win the fixture.
The emotions were through the roof as the Indian contingent started celebrating around the court as Prannoy was leading in the last game of the fixture 20-12. As Prannoy won his last point, everyone stormed the court and embraced each other.
Watch how the team celebrated the win:
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“I should not give up, just try and see how it goes,” Prannoy
These celebrations continued even in the post-match interview where HS Prannoy was talking about his game. After all the fan fair, Prannoy also talked about the injury that was affecting him throughout the game. He said, “Mentally, there were a lot of things going on in my head. After the slip, it was hurting more than usual and I was not able to lunge properly and I was thinking what to do.”
𝘾𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙗𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙖 𝙝𝙖𝙞 🥳🕺
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“In my mind, it was always coming that I should not give up, just try and see how it goes. Was praying that the pain doesn’t get aggravated and it started to reduce towards the second game and by the third, I was feeling much better,” he continued.
“The tactics which we used in the second and third game was very crucial. The strategy was to keep the pressure on and I knew if I come into the second half with a good lead, there is a big chance to get the game. And I just told myself to push these 11 points possible and the strategy worked,” he added.