Bangkok: India defeated the 14 times champions Indonesia by 3-0 lead and won the Thomas Cup 2022 for the first time, making history at the Impact Arena on Sunday.
India got off to a perfect start with Lakshya Sen defeating Anthony Ginting in a thrilling tie.
Lakshya Sen scored 8-21, 21-17, and 21-16 against Anthony Ginting. The second game started with India’s double pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddey and Chirag Shetty defeating Ahsan and Sukamuljo where India took 18-21, 23-21, 21-19 leading to a lead of 2-0.
Kidambi Srikanth defeated Jonathan Christie by taking 21-15, 23-21 leading to a straight win and a 3-0 lead in the finals of Thomas Cup 2022. He took the opening game against Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie 21-15 and clinched the match and final by winning the second game 23-21.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur announced a cash prize of 1 crore after the victory of India against Indonesia in the Thomas Cup finals.
No Indian team has previously reached the final of the Thomas and Uber Cup in its 70-plus-year history. Indian men reached the Thomas Cup semi-finals in 1952, 1955, and 1979 while the women’s team made it to the Uber Cup top-four in 2014 and 2016.