Thomas Cup 2021: The Indian team lost to China in the last group match, against Denmark in the quarter-finals
The Indian men's badminton team suffered a defeat against China in the Thomas Cup on Thursday. In the last match of Group-C, China showed a great game and defeated India 4-1. Star shuttler Kidambi Srikanth also could not do much and lost to Xiu Qi.
Apart from this, only the pair of Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty could beat China in the Indian men's doubles. Now Team India will face Denmark in the quarter-final match on Friday.
In the last group match, Srikanth came on the court to play the first match. He was defeated by Xiu Qi 21-12, 21-16. After this, the pair of Satwik and Chirag defeated the pair of Heiji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-14, 21-14 in the second match. At the same time, Team India was leveled at 1-1.
In the third match, shuttler Sameer Verma was defeated by Lu Gang Ju 14-21, 21-9, 24-22 in a tight match. The fourth match was of men's doubles. The pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila was defeated by the Chinese pair 26-24, 21-19 in successive games. The last i.e. fifth match was played between Kiran George and Li Shi Feng. It was won by the Chinese player 21-15, 21-17.
Despite this defeat, India finished second in Group-C behind China. India had earlier defeated both Tahiti and Netherlands 5-0 in two matches and made it to the quarter-finals.
India reached the quarter-finals after 11 years
India's men's badminton team has reached the quarter-finals of the Thomas Cup after 11 years. Earlier in 2010, India had reached the quarter-finals of this competition. Then he had to face defeat in front of Indonesia.