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India becomes World Men’s Team Champions for the first time ever



For a team that had never before won a medal at the Thomas Cup, the Indians showed remarkable composure to win three tight matches and claim gold in its first ever appearance in the final, beating defending champions Indonesia 3-0.

A resurgent Kidambi Srikanth, a former World No 1 came up with a 48-minute, 21-15, 23-21 win over Jonatan Christie, the World No 8, to secure the tie for India – who become only the sixth different team to win the title.

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India started the match by fielding World Championship bronze medallist Lakshya Sen to play against Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ginting in the opening rubber of the tie.

The World No 9 Lakshya came up with a come-from-behind 8-21, 21-17, 21-16 win over World No 5 Ginting to put India on the scoreboard in the 65 minute match in the best-of-five match format.

A short while later, World No 8 team of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy saved match points against Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo to come out with a gripping 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 win to give India the 2-0 lead in the tie.

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And then it Srikanth, the most decorated shuttler in the team stepped up to finish the tie.





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