AARHUS: The Indian Men’s team lost a chance at the Thomas Cup of this season after losing to the host country Denmark in the quarter-finals on Oct 15th. The team lost by 1-3 to the Denmark team and bowed out of the championship.
A win by duo Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in the last group table match against China helped India finish at the second position in Group C. China occupied the first position, which meant India could qualify for the quarter-finals, the first since 2010.
The Indian men have to win the clash against Denmark to continue their journey in the championship. In the first match between Kidambi Srikant and the world no. 2 and Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Viktor Axelsen, India lost by 21-12, 21-13.
The doubles match marked the first win for the Indian team in the quarter-finals as the pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy crashed Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen by 15-21,21-17 and 18-21.
The India team was now neck-to-neck with the Denmark team. The third match made India short of a point as the Indian shuttler Sai Praneeth lost to Anders Antonsen 21-8,21-15. The last and final match between M R Arjun – Dhruv Kapila and Mathias Christiansen – Frederik Sogaard marked the end of India’s journey.
India lost the second doubles by 16-21 9-21 to seal a chance at the Thomas Trophy for Denmark. The Indian’s women team already lost their claim at Thomas Cup after losing to Japan by 0-3.