On a stormy Sunday, when half of India was suffering from intense heatwaves and the other half was suffering from cautious rain, about 4,000 km away, a tough 20-year-old badminton champion strengthened India’s entry into the elite club. The Thomas and Uber Cup 2022 is coming up. Called the ‘1983 Moment’ of Indian badminton by many, the spectacular victory was made possible by the outstanding performances of Kidambi Srikkanth, Satviksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and Man of the Match Lakshm Sen. The royal family of Indonesia.
In a clip shared by the Badminton World Federation, Sen’s exciting skills give us the most precious moment when history was made. Whether it was a crazy comeback or a temper tantrum, Sen got full ownership of the court. Despite a poor start to the tournament, Sen defeated world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in unimaginable ease.
Badminton star Saina Nehwal, ranging from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Twitter, burst into joyous celebrations as India announced historic achievements. Prime Minister Modi also spoke to the winning Indian team in a surprise phone call. Union Minister Anurag Tagore announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore for the winning team.
Other athletes also took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian men’s team for winning the Uber Cup for the first time. Mahesh Bhupathi tweeted ‘goosebumps’ when Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal said it was a ‘proud moment’.
In addition to Sen’s stellar performance, Kidambi Srikkanth’s stunning form was straight out of the dream. Srikanth has won all the six matches he has played. India’s surprise on Sunday after the winning team defeated the world’s best badminton team by destroying three powerhouses – Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia – in the most prestigious badminton event, the Thomas and Uber Cup.