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‘This is the biggest win ever for Indian badminton’


India’s Thomas Cup profitable group interacted with the media throughout patchy connections from Bangkok, all smiling and laughing, all en-route a well-deserved social gathering.

Excerpts from the chat with coach Vimal Kumar, and gamers HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth and Chirag Shetty:

On the magnitude of the win

Vimal Kumar: I might charge this as the largest ever. Prakash (Padukone) profitable the All England Championships, Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) profitable the All England C’ships, Saina (Nehwal) changing into world no.1, (PV) Sindhu profitable the World Championship… these are all particular, nice achievements. However as a group, in case you take a look at what he have finished… we might by no means actually ship when it mattered as a group. While you name a nation a prime badminton nation, our singles, our doubles carry out collectively, we win a group championships. That is precisely what has occurred in the present day. So I might charge this as the largest ever for Indian badminton.

In 1983 after we gained the cricket World Cup, issues circled to such an extent, and I anticipate that to occur for Indian badminton. After all, we’ve got individually nice gamers, however as a group… I am very blissful that I bought to see this in my lifetime.

Kidambi Srikanth: When you find yourself profitable such an enormous event, it truly is a really large win, it should take some time earlier than you really know what has occurred. For the time being I might charge this as one in all my greatest wins, that is for certain. I am very blissful, all of us did extraordinarily properly. Everybody stepped up when it actually mattered.

While you win in these tournaments, the win is for the nation, it is mirrored in direction of the nation. Right this moment, folks stated ‘India gained the Thomas Cup.’ It wasn’t ‘Srikanth gained Thomas Cup or Prannoy gained Thomas Cup’. That in itself is such a treasured feeling and I do not suppose that many may have the privilege to expertise it.

On group spirit

VK: I haven’t got many phrases to explain. This is a bunch of implausible gamers. The spirit they’ve. I’ve by no means seen them so enthusiastic! The senior gamers completely getting concerned particularly the highest two gamers, Prannoy and Srikanth, I might give a whole lot of credit score. The remainder of the blokes are very younger, beneath 23. Regardless that the coaches used to speak to them, these guys would sit down with them, encourage one another. Solely factor we wanted is to play to our potential. When it actually mattered all of them performed to their potential.

It is an achievement of pure group spirit which I’ve by no means seen up to now. We have at all times had good gamers however the precedence was at all times on particular person tournaments, however I used to be very eager that after we get collectively they will positively obtain [something special]. When it actually mattered, [everyone] delivered for us. They firmly believed they may win. That perception turned issues round for us. I am a fortunate supervisor, a fortunate coach!

HS Prannoy: The way in which everybody bonded this week, I feel we must always give credit score to all of the gamers on the market and we made a aware effort to do that. We knew this isn’t one thing which is quite common between us, we play particular person occasions all the yr after which to return to a group occasion impulsively and gel is hard, however all of us made that aware effort. The day we left Hyderabad, this was the primary speak – that is the time the place we are able to win this, as a result of we’ve got a group that may really problem for the title. However the one factor we’ve got to do is assist and help one another as a result of that what’s going to change the leads to the event, and that is what occurred.

KS: I do know that I’ve performed extra variety of group occasions than anyone else within the group however I did not actually have to offer any large speeches. It was nearly letting them know that they’re doing properly and that ‘even in case you play only one hour, you must do rather well in that one hour.’ I am actually blissful that the children stepped up and performed so properly, and dealt with the stress so properly. They’re actually pumped, very excited to play this occasion and we got here right here pondering that we are going to do no matter it takes to win this medal.

On perception

HSP: The sensation was at all times there. All of us had the sensation that this was a group that would really contend for the title, however then I feel the quarterfinal match was the essential one the place we knew that we do not have a Thomas cup medal but. All of us stepped up on the proper time. Publish that quarterfinal, the assumption began. Semis and finals we have been enjoying most likely at 25% greater than what we have really performed.

On Lakshya Sen

VK: Lakshya had meals poisoning [before the tournament]. The entire flight right here he was very sick. Slowly, he [got better], however we needed to subject him [even when he was sick]. Right this moment, the way in which he performed that first recreation I used to be fairly dissatisfied, I believed we might lose, however the way in which he got here again. That confirmed, the younger boy, when it issues he can actually play properly.

On the stress of the ultimate

VK: Should you take a look at Indonesia, they’re the perfect nation [in the history of the tournament]. We instructed them that the ‘stress is all on Indonesia, simply take it as some other group and luxuriate in. The benefit we had was the singles gamers have been constant in opposition to the highest Indonesian gamers. So we had that hope, and the doubles – they put up an actual particular efficiency.

KS: Positively [there were nerves towards the end against Christie]. Additionally as a result of I used to be main for essentially the most a part of the second recreation. He additionally performs superb badminton and he is finished very properly just lately, you may’t write off any participant at this degree and that too in a last. I used to be simply pondering of enjoying constantly and never making any errors. However yeah, positively, he performed rather well after the 11 level break within the second set. I am simply blissful that no matter I considered enjoying I might play and all the things I did actually labored for me and that I might end off the match and provides them [the team] the win.

On the social gathering that beckons

Chirag Shetty: Right this moment it is time to get pleasure from, we’ll go all out and luxuriate in after which let’s have a look at! All of us are going for a dinner proper now, we’ll come again to the room and dance like we at all times do. After each win we had on this Thomas Cup, we’ve got been dancing!

HSP: Nothing has sunk in but. I feel it will take a few days extra. We have to have fun it large time. We’re in the precise place [to celebrate]!



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