kidambi Srikanth he won some major matches in his career, but it’s not often that the normally reserved Indian badminton ace screams for joy and slams his racket against the badminton court in delight.
India’s victory in the Thomas Cup this year, however, unleashed a never-before-seen cheerful side for the Hyderabadi shuttle.
“It got a bit out of hand,” said Srikanth, who by his own admission remains calm after his victories olympics.com. “The energy of the day from the crowd and the dugout drew this celebration.”
India faced 14-time champions Indonesia in the final, a team that went undefeated until the title decider.
After Lakshya Sen and Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy gave India a 2-0 lead, Kidambi Srikanth, former world No. 1 and India captain in the 2022 Thomas Cup, had to win the title and deny the dangerous Indonesian team a way back to a draw.
Having faced higher-ranked Jonathan Christie in his last match, Kidambi Srikanth was the picture of concentration throughout the match, right up to the winning point. And then Srikanth broke free before cheering teammates joined him.
“It was a very even match that could have been the deciding factor for Team India. I really had to win,” said Kidambi Srikanth, world No. 11, who upset eighth-ranked Christie, writing a script for Indian sports history.
Kidambi won the first game 21-15 against Jonathan Christie, but was pushed to the limit in the second game. Kidambi Srikanth defeated Jonathan Christie 23:21 to lead India to its first Thomas Cup title.
“Six months ago no one would have thought that India would win the Thomas Cup… I think the pressure of this match, this championship, has displaced that emotion,” said Kidambi Srikanth.