The newly crowned world champion had spoken back in March about moving on from the lost trials against Mary, and kickstarting her journey in 51 kg internationally. A Salman fan since her teens, she outdid Bhai's swag at Turkey with her gold medal.
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.
More than anything, Friday's performance will count as the win of India's united squad, not embittered by the usual Hyderabad-Bangalore-Mumbai rivalries and factionalism -- the players get along famously, bonding over PubG and street style dancing.
Geethu Anna Jose, the former India captain and centre, is rediscovering the joys of the crossover, speed dribble, the swish as the mother of two makes a comeback at 36 in the super fast but physical 3X3 version of the game.
Shooting didn't make the assured list of sports at Commonwealth Games 2026, after missing out on the 2022 CWG program, and doesn't have an insta-connect with TV. But why India takes each omission as a personal affront and IOA stakes participation at the cost of denying other disciplines legitimate competition, is boggling.