A toast to the future as India pick youngster to lift Cup


BANGKOK: As India celebrated their first-ever victory in the biggest badminton stage, a fresh-faced, young lad held aloft the Thomas Cup on the podium, as the seniors who had fought the titanic battles in the previous days stood aside.

It was a truly symbolic moment. India gave one of the youngest members of the team – Priyanshu Rajawat – the honour of receiving the coveted Cup.

“There was a reason that our young talent lifted the Cup. At 20, he is one of our future players. We want to let all our juniors know that nothing is impossible if they put hard work into it. Nothing beats the feeling of winning and we want every junior to experience it,” beamed 29-year-old K. Srikanth, the hero in the final victory over Indonesia.

“I believe we have promising young players in the team and in the clubs, and they are ready to continue the momentum that has been started here.”

While India fielded a mixture of young and old talent in the momentous win over the defending champions at the Impact Arena, Srikanth said there were many more good talents in the country.

Srikanth was the hero who delivered the third point in India’s historic win after 73 years.

The other players who won were 20-year-old Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty. Satwiksairaj is 21 while Chirag is 24.

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