IAS officer lambasted on Twitter for attributing India’s Thomas Cup triumph to mosquito racquet


An Indian Administrative Service officer named Somesh Upadhyay has been heavily reprimanded by the Indian netizens on Twitter, including veteran cricketer Amit Mishra, for crediting India’s recent victory at the Thomas Cup to mosquito racquet.

The Indian badminton team etched their names in history by defeating 14-time champions Indonesia in the final of the 2022 BWF Thomas Cup and winning their maiden title. Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth won their respective singles matches, while the duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy clinched victory in their doubles outing.

With the wave of celebration among the sports fans of India, one tweet from an IAS officer Somesh Upadhyay on India’s triumph grabbed everyone’s attention. Upadhyay tweeted that the reason India was able to defeat the Indonesians was due to mosquito racquets, an item that is quite common in Indian households.

“Indonesian are surprised how Indians got better at badminton than them,” tweeted Upadhyay, along with a photo of a mosquito racquet.

The tweet caused an uproar among the netizens, who slammed the IAS officer for the remark, especially Amit Mishra, the veteran Indian cricketer who tagged the tweet as “distasteful” and an insult to the shuttling heroes of the country.

Several other tweets flowed in, reprimanding Upadhyay for his remark.

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