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    Can India upset mighty Indonesia in Thomas Cup final?

    May15/ 2022

    India vs Indonesia, Thomas Cup final, on Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 11.30am IST onwards. Bangkok: Brimming with confidence, India will again look to punch above their weight when they run into 14-time winners Indonesia in the final of Thomas Cup in Bangkok on Sunday, seeking to create history one more time. Given their formidable record, defending champions Indonesia have been the team to beat in the competition, but the Indian men's team has shown its mettle by bringing down mighty Malaysia and Denmark to make its first-ever final at the prestigious tournament. It was a historic moment for the unheralded Indian team as, despite the odds, it never lacked in self-belief and displayed exemplarily mental fortitude to recover twice from initial reversals and come on top of their opponents. Going into the final, India will look to prove that it has the wherewithal to pull the rug from under the feet of their fancied rivals. While Indonesia have been relentless with an unbeaten record, India have lost just one match -- against Chinese Taipei in the group stage -- in the competition. If Indonesia disposed off China and Japan in the knockout stage, India went past five-time former champions Malaysia and 2016 winners Denmark. The poster boys of Indian men's badminton -- Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy -- have shouldered the responsibility with an invincible record of five wins, while the country's best doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty put their hands up whenever the chips were down. The young combination of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala have proved to be a weak link but they gave a good account of themselves during their losses against Malaysia and Denmark. The Indian think-tank is lik ...

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