I Will Fee This One in every of my Greatest Wins, Says Kidambi Srikanth After Thomas Cup Heroics


One of many architects of the Indian badminton workforce’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, Kidambi Srikanth described it as the most effective achievements in his profession.


An unheralded Indian males’s workforce notched up a dominating 3-0 win over 14-time champions Indonesia to raise the Thomas Cup for the primary time with Srikanth taking part in a vital position as he stayed unbeaten within the event.

“Particular person occasions are at all times completely different to workforce occasions and we hardly get to play workforce occasions and Thomas Cup finals are the most important workforce occasions. So to win such an enormous occasion is a extremely large second. It is going to really take some time earlier than you realize what has really occurred,” Srikanth stated throughout a digital press convention.

“I’ll price this considered one of my largest wins and I’m comfortable that everybody performed extraordinarily nicely. I don’t assume that is one particular person’s win, it’s about all 10 gamers, Everybody stepped up when it mattered.”

Srikanth, who had claimed a silver medal on the World Championships in Spain final December, stated he can’t examine his wins but it surely was one of many largest in his profession.

“I did nicely at world championships in December as nicely, that is one other occasion the place I did nicely. I simply can’t examine any of my wins, I don’t wish to rank any of my wins, all of them are vital.

“It’s undoubtedly one of many largest wins, greatest by way of tournaments and considered one of my greatest performances.”

Srikanth stated successful for the nation was an enormous motivating issue for the workforce.

“In any main occasion be it Commonwealth Video games, Asian Video games, Thomas and Uber Cup, or world championships, none of them have prize cash. However whenever you win, on this event, that is for the nation, After we gained, individuals stated India gained Thomas Cup, it was not Srikanth or Prannoy, so it itself was a particular feeling,” he stated.

“I don’t assume everybody can have the privilege to expertise it, it’s us 10 gamers and training workers who’ve skilled it now and it’ll inspire others to do nicely. So the motivating issue was that we gained this for the nation.”

Coming into the match after two defeats towards Jonatan Christie, Srikanth produced an outstanding present to notch up a 21-15 23-21 win over the Asian Video games gold medallist.

Requested if he was underneath strain within the remaining moments of the second recreation, Srikanth stated: “There have been nerves, additionally due to the truth that I used to be main for probably the most a part of the second recreation. He additionally performed excellent, he has achieved extraordinarily nicely, so can’t actually write off, that too within the remaining.

“I used to be simply taking him on, attempting to play persistently, however he performed nicely after the 11 level break within the second recreation. I’m simply comfortable that I may play no matter I considered taking part in, I may end off the match and provides that win to the nation.”

HS Prannoy, 29, additionally produced some sensational efficiency, successful the deciding third singles to take India dwelling within the quarterfinals and semifinals.

There have been criticisms when he was exempted from the choice trials and straight included within the squad.

Requested if he had shut the critics together with his efficiency, Prannoy stated: “Positively, I might say I did. I’ve at all times carried out underneath strain and to be a part of this type of workforce I’m actually proud.

“I’m actually grateful to the affiliation for selecting me because the third single. I at all times wished to be part of the Thomas Cup and I might have regretted it if I used to be not chosen. I’m extraordinarily comfortable.

“Because of everybody for supporting me and I feel I’ve achieved justice with my efficiency. Nothing has sunk in but, it’s going to take couple of days extra, we have now to have fun it large time.”

Prannoy stated they at all times had the self-belief to go the space and all they wanted was the assist of one another.

“I feel the sensation was at all times there, earlier than coming additionally, we had that perception that is the workforce which may contend for the title however the quarterfinal match was a vital one as a result of it was an enormous strain as a result of we knew we nonetheless didn’t have the medal at hand.

“However all of us stepped up at proper time, after that the assumption began getting higher and we have been taking part in 25 per cent greater than the earlier matches.”

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