I was determined not to give up after ankle injury, says HS Prannoy after guiding India to Thomas Cup final | badminton news

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BANGKOK: He battled injury to record one of the most memorable wins of his career and star Indian commuter HS Prannoy says the mentality of not giving up without a fight drove him in the epic win over Denmark in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup.
Prannoy produced a heart-rending spectacle in the deciding singles match as the Indian men’s team wrote their name in the history books by reaching the title clash of the Thomas Cup final for the first time ever with a 3-2 victory over Denmark here on Friday. night.
Although he suffered the injury after slipping on the front court on a comeback, Prannoy continued after taking a medical time-out to upset world number 13 Rasmus Gemke 13-21 21-9 21-12 to secure India’s historic victory.
“Mentally, there were a lot of things going through my head. After the slide, I was in more pain than usual and I wasn’t able to do lunges properly and I was thinking about what to do,” said declared Prannoy after the meeting.
“In my mind it was always coming that I shouldn’t give up, just try and see how it goes. I was praying the pain didn’t get worse and it started to lessen around the second game and by the third game I was I feel much better.”
The Indians had never progressed past the Thomas Cup semi-finals after 1979, but on Friday they showed tremendous fighting spirit to outsmart the 2016 champions.
Prannoy said that entering the pitch after the medical timeout, his plan was to keep the pressure on his Danish opponent and it worked in his favor.
“The tactics we used in the second and third games were very crucial. The strategy was to keep the pressure on and I knew if I went into the second half with a good lead there was a big chance of winning the game. . And I just told myself to push those 11 possible points and the strategy worked,” he said.
World championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth and world number 8 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had kept India afloat in the contest by recording wins as the tie was locked at 2- 2 before it was left to Prannoy to complete the enormous task.
Rankireddy and Shetty put up a brave performance to beat Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 to take India level 1-1 after World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen lost 13- 21 13-21 against the world number one. 1 Viktor Axelsen in the opening singles.
“I thought we were done when we were down in game three. Luckily we found our rhythm. I didn’t know what serve to do (on the sixth match point). Finally, I thought he had to try the fast service, let’s see what they got,” Shetty said.
“It took courage to try the quick serve. In the second game on the same side, two of our quick serves came out.”
India will face 14-time champions Indonesia in the title match on Sunday.



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