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Thomas Cup Final 2022 highlights: India clinch Thomas Cup title for the first time

Thomas Cup Final 2022 highlights: India defeated the 14-time champions Indonesia to win the Thomas Cup for the first time.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: May 16, 2022 2:51:00 pm
Thomas Cup Final, Indian BadmintonIndian men's badminton team poses with the trophy after winning the Thomas Cup, in Bangkok, Thailand. (PTI Photo)

Thomas Cup Final 2022 highlights: India have defeated the 14-time champions Indonesia to win the Thomas Cup for the first time. India were off to a perfect start as Lakshya Sen defeated Anthony Ginting by 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 in a thrilling tie. India’s doubles pair Satwik and Chirag defeated Ahsan-Sukamuljo! 18-21, 23-21, 21-19, the most sensational victory of their career, to give India a 2-0 lead. In the third game, Kidambi Srikanth defeated Jonatan Christie 21-15, 23-21 to make it 3-0. They have done it without losing a match in the final.

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15:45 (IST)15 May 2022
REPORT BY SHIVANI NAIK

The vague whiff of a dream turned to reality as the week wore on, and India inched closer to the hitherto impossible – winning the ultimate team title in badminton, the Thomas Cup. A dozen players in Bangkok and their coaches there and in India though, believed throughout. It’s a little secret that they’ve known for a month now: Indian men were going to win the Thomas Cup. This was a date with destiny, meticulously envisioned and executed by India’s most underrated and talent oozing sportspersons – the men’s badminton players. Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy. They knew, they said as much, they hoped the country would believe, they didn’t mind if it didn’t. They were due their date with destiny – no matter what others reckoned. Read More

15:26 (IST)15 May 2022
CHAMPIONS!

Wakey wakey. If you've woken up late on a lazy summer Sunday, India has just won the Thomas Cup. Beating Indonesia no less. 3-0 no less.

15:14 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

India have created history and they have done it in style. They have done it without losing a match in the final. Kidambi Srikanth beats Jonatan Christie, India win the Thomas Cup for the first time

14:57 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Three points advantage for Kidambi Srikanth in the second game. India are on the cusp of creating history. Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 11-8 Jonatan Christie

14:46 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Denying shuttle change, that perfectly spinning serve. All of that, pickling of experience in Srikanth's game. Kidambi Srikanth takes the first game 21-15.

14:45 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Jonatan Christie 'Jojo' is never to be underestimated. He stands there seeming sweet, docile with unvenomous smashes. But can creep back into matches. Asian Games champ & Thomas Cup champ.

But, but, but. That was then. This is Srikanth. Kidambi Srikanth

14:37 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

A two-point advantage for India and Kidambi Srikanth at the interval. Kidambi Srikanth 11-9 Jonatan Christie

14:31 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Srikanth loves Bangkok, Thailand. He won the 2013 Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event, beating then world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana in straight games. That was his first ever title, the breakout title victory, a season before he beat Lin Dan. Kidambi Srikanth 8-2 Jonatan Christie

14:29 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Kidambi Srikanth vs Jonatan Christie

Good opportunity for Srikanth to level this 5-5 in career head to heads. Christie beat him last time, but Srikanth is on a roll here, unbeaten in Bangkok this week.  Kidambi Srikanth 4-2 Jonatan Christie

14:19 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final

Rub your eyes. Sip something cool. Rub eyes again. India lead Indonesia 2-0 in FINALS of Thomas Cup. Like Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman: Woot Woot Woot

14:16 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

India's doubles Satwik and Chirag win 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 for their most sensational victory of their career. 

14:08 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

17-17. Indians hold timiest of advantages here owing to fearlessness.

14:08 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

17-17. Indians hold timiest of advantages here owing to fearlessness.

14:04 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

Probably a good time to pay homage to Indonesia's 2008 Olympic champ Markis Kiddo who passed away last year. Kiddo won gold at Beijing with Hendra Setiawan. Indonesians are proud of their doubles legacy. Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 13-15  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

14:01 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

Wasn't too clear there, but Boe did say Indonesians are not hitting hard, so if Indians can control pace, they should be home and dry. Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 11-12  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

13:59 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

A two points lead for India at the break in the decider. Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 23-21, 11-9  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

13:50 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final: Story of Lakshya Sen!

Vimal Kumar remembers an 8-year-old prankster’s face that could plunge into a puddle of tears when he was caught mid-prank. Lakshya Sen could also cutely pull a frowning face and pretend as if he had nothing to do with whatever unsavoury business had gone on. And then he also bawled when he lost a match. Years later, Vimal would watch Sen play the All England final and beat World No 4 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 to give India a 1-0 lead in the Thomas Cup final against Indonesia. “Something’s changed totally. He feels like he can get these big wins. It’s some steel, determination that’s suddenly noticeable in him,” Vimal Kumar says of an alloy he helped burnish. “I told him many, many times that ‘When you are on the fringes, you can be dropped anytime. You need to become the best player, so that they come and say we want you to play in the team,” Sen’s mentor had said after the All-England. Read More

13:47 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

4 match points saved. And Satwik bisects the Daddions for the kill. Indians level at 23-21. Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 23-21  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

13:30 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

Five-point advantage to the Indian pair in the second game.  Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 11-6  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

13:25 (IST)15 May 2022
Thomas Cup Final Live: Satwiksairaj-Chirag vs Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

Big Man Satwik has been calm and steady through the week. Now is a good time for his monster game to explode. Hulk, looks like he's Hulking out.  Satwiksairaj-Chirag 18-21, 6-4  Ahsan-Sukamuljo!

Thomas Cup Final 2022, India vs Indonesia Live Score Online and Updates

Thomas Cup Final Thomas Cup: All singles must-win games for India against doubles-heavy Indonesia

Beating Indonesia in the finals of the Thomas Cup at once seems like an earworm – a song stuck in the head on loop, given the events of the last few days. Namely, the headbangers of Indian shuttle rock – Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty, presently the Unbeatables. But the prospect is also a number-scramble for the eyes – figuring out from where the three wins will come: all 3 singles or 2 singles and 1 doubles with HS Prannoy going for a third straight win in the decider.

Winning Thomas Cup though is Indonesia’s second skin. Their singles players routinely punch above their weight, and their doubles are so formidable that India’s singles players might well think of all their matches as must-wins to add up the straightforward math.

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