‘That is the largest win of Indian badminton thus far’


India’s Thomas Cup successful crew interacted with the media on petty contacts in Bangkok, all smiling and laughing, for a pleasant celebration alongside the way in which.

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

on the margin of victory

Vimal Kumar: I’d take into account this the largest one ever. Prakash (Padukone) received the All England Championship, Gopi (Pulela Gopichand) received the All England Championship, Saina (Nehwal) turned World No. 1, (PV) Sindhu received the World Championship… These are all particular, nice achievements. However as a crew, should you take a look at what he has executed… as a crew now we have by no means actually executed nicely when it issues. Once you name a rustic a high badminton nation, our singles, our doubles carry out collectively, we win a crew championship. Precisely the identical factor occurred at present. So I’d take into account this as the largest ever for Indian badminton.

Issues modified to such an extent once we received the Cricket World Cup in 1983, and I hope the identical will occur for Indian badminton. In fact, now we have nice gamers individually, however as a crew… I’m very blissful that I received to see this in my lifetime.

Kidambi Srikanth: Once you win such an enormous match, it is really an enormous win, it is going to take some time earlier than you actually know what occurred. For now, I will take into account it one among my largest wins, that is for certain. I’m very blissful, all of us did very nicely. Everybody stepped in when it actually mattered.

Once you win in these tournaments, the victory is for the nation, it displays in direction of the nation. Immediately folks mentioned ‘India received the Thomas Cup’. It was not ‘Srikanth received the Thomas Cup or Prannoy received the Thomas Cup’. It’s a priceless feeling in itself and I do not assume many may have the privilege to expertise it.

on crew spirit

VK: I haven’t got many phrases to explain. This can be a nice group of gamers. The soul in them. I’ve by no means seen them so enthusiastic! The senior gamers are getting totally concerned, particularly the highest two gamers, Prannoy and Srikanth, I’d give loads of credit score. The remainder of the boys are very younger beneath 23 years of age. Though the coaches used to speak to them, however these folks used to sit down with them and inspire one another. We simply have to play to the very best of our capability. All of them performed to the very best of their capability when it actually mattered.

It’s an achievement of pure crew spirit which I’ve by no means seen earlier than. We’ve at all times had good gamers however the precedence was at all times on particular person tournaments however I used to be very curious what they will undoubtedly obtain once we come collectively [something special], When it actually mattered, [everyone] given for us. He firmly believed that he may win. That perception modified issues for us. I’m one fortunate supervisor, one 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 and we made a acutely aware effort to try this. We knew this isn’t one thing that is quite common between us, we play completely different occasions all yr spherical after which immediately it’s laborious to come back in a crew occasion and jail, however all of us put in a acutely aware effort. The day we left Hyderabad, it was the very first thing – that is the time once we can win it, as a result of now we have a crew that may actually problem for the title. However we simply have to assist and help one another as a result of what’s going to change the ends in the match and that is what occurred.

KS: I do know I’ve performed extra crew occasions than anybody else on the crew, however I did not actually get to present an enormous speech. It was nearly telling them they have been doing nicely and ‘should you play only one hour, you need to do very well in that one hour.’ I’m actually blissful that the kids went forward and performed so nicely and dealt with the stress so nicely. They’re actually excited, very excited to play this occasion and now we have come right here pondering that we’ll do no matter it takes to win this medal.

on religion

HSP: The sensation was at all times there. All of us thought this was a crew that might actually combat for the title, however then I feel the quarter-final match was essential the place we knew we did not have the Thomas Cup medals but. All of us stepped on the proper time. After that quarterfinal, religion started. We have been taking part in 25 per cent greater than what we have been taking part in within the semi-finals and the ultimate.

on the right track sen

VK: Goal had meals poisoning [before the tournament], He was very ailing all through the flight right here. steadily, he [got better]However we needed to subject him [even when he was sick], I used to be very dissatisfied with the way in which he performed the primary recreation at present, I believed we’d lose, however the way in which he got here again. This reveals that the younger boy, when it issues, can play very well.

beneath stress within the ultimate

VK: Should you take a look at Indonesia, they’re the very best nation [in the history of the tournament], We advised them that the entire stress is on Indonesia, simply take it like every other crew and revel in. The benefit we had was that the singles gamers have been constant towards the highest Indonesian gamers. So we had that expectation, and the couple – they made an actual particular efficiency.

KS: Undoubtedly [there were nerves towards the end against Christie], Additionally as a result of I used to be main for probably the most a part of the second recreation. He additionally performs badminton very nicely and he has executed very nicely not too long ago, you may’t miss any participant at this degree and that too within the finals. I used to be simply fascinated about taking part in repeatedly and never making a mistake. However sure, in fact, he performed very well after the 11-point break within the second set. I am simply glad that I may play no matter I considered taking part in and no matter I did it actually labored for me and I may end the match and provides it to them [the team] Victory.

the celebration that factors

Chirag Shetty: Immediately is the time to take pleasure in, we are going to exit and revel in and see ya! We’re all going to dinner proper now, we’ll come again to the room and dance as typical. After each victory now we have on this Thomas Cup, we’re dancing!

HSP: Nothing has sunk but. I feel it is going to take just a few extra days. We have to rejoice this in an enormous means. we’re in the proper place [to celebrate],



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