HS Prannoy feels happy to answer critics with performance in Thomas Cup

Indian badminton player HS Prannoy laid the groundwork for India’s epic Thomas Cup victory on Sunday. The old warhorse produced stellar performances in the decisive matches of the quarter-finals and semi-finals to help India qualify for their first Thomas Cup final.

In the final against Indonesia, HS Prannoy could only put his feet up, watch the progress and cheer the whole team from the sidelines as the Indian team knocked out their Indonesian opponent, beating them 3-0.

Prannoy was included in the India team after he was exempted from BAI’s selection trials and was directly included in the team.

The move raised eyebrows and Prannoy said he has stopped critics and people questioning his inclusion in the team with good performances.

“Sure, I’ll say I did (answers to the critics). I’ve always played under pressure and being a part of such a team, I’m really proud. I really thank the association. for choosing me as the third single player”. ”

He added:

“I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Thomas Cup and I would regret it if I wasn’t selected. I think I’ve done justice with my performance. Nothing has passed yet, it will take a few more days, we have to celebrate it’s the big time,” he said during a virtual interaction.

Prannoy said the Indian team has faith in themselves to win.

Who played a key role in the victory of the Indian mammoth. In the quarterfinals, he beat Malaysia’s Leong Jun Hao 21-13, 21-8 in the decisive third singles match to secure India a first medal at the Thomas Cup.

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Starting in the quarterfinals, he beat Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke in the semi-finals to take India to the final.

He lost his first game and injured his ankle in the process but did not lose heart or hope.

The Indian badminton star said that the whole team always has faith in themselves to go long distances. The teammates supported each other during the tough times of the tournament.

“I think that feeling is always there. We believe this is a team that can compete for the title but the quarter-final is an important game because it’s a big pressure game. We know that we have to. I still don’t have a Medal in hand. But, we all stepped up at the right time. After that win, confidence started to get better and we played 25% more potential than in previous games,” he said. he explained.


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