One of the top performers in India’s Thomas Cup campaign, Kidambi Srikanth was elated with his showing after India’s exceptional win in the finals of the tournament. Describing it as one of his biggest achievements in his career, the 29-year-old said that to win a team event is a very big moment for Indian badminton, one that had not happened till now.
“I will rate this one of my biggest wins and I am happy that everyone played extremely well. I don’t think this is one individual’s win, it is about all 10 players. Everyone stepped up when it mattered,” Srikanth said in a virtual press conference after India’s win.
“It is definitely one of the biggest wins, best in terms of tournaments and one of my best performances,” he further added.
Underdogs throughout the competition, India beat Malaysia in the quarterfinals, Denmark in the semis and then blanked 14-time champions Indonesia in the final game.
“Individual events are always different to team events and we hardly get to play team events and Thomas Cup finals are the biggest team events. So to win such a big event is a really big moment. It will actually take a while before you know what has actually happened,” Srikanth said.
Reacting to the win, one of India’s best players ever, Pullela Gopichand told IndiaToday that this win was bigger than the 1983 cricket World Cup triumph. He further added that people in major badminton playing nations would have laughed a few years back if someone would have told them that India was going to win the Thomas Cup.
Srikanth added to that sentiment that it is seldom that badminton events are based on teams and it was a special feeling that India had won the Thomas Cup.
“In any major event be it Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Thomas and Uber Cup, world championships, none of them have prize money. But when you win, in this tournament, this is for the country. After we won, people said India won Thomas Cup, it was not Srikanth or Prannoy, so it itself was a special feeling,” he said.
“I don’t think everyone will have the privilege to experience it, it is us 10 players and coaching staff who have experienced it now and it will motivate others to do well. So the motivating factor was that we won this for the country,” Srikanth concluded.