India thrash England 5-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup 2024

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The Indian men’s team, the reigning champions of the Thomas Cup, have once again proven their mettle on the international stage. They secured their place in the quarterfinals with a resounding 5-0 victory against England in a Group C match held in Chengdu.

India’s 5-0 victory against England in Thomas Cup

The match began with HS Prannoy setting the tone with a straight-game win over Harry Huang, scoring 21-15 in both sets. This victory gave India an early lead and set the stage for the matches to follow.

The doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty faced a challenging match against Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. Despite the tough competition, they triumphed in three games (21-17, 19-21, 21-15), demonstrating resilience and strategic prowess.

Former world number one Kidambi Srikanth continued the winning streak by defeating Nadeem Dalvi in straight games (21-16, 21-11), effectively sealing the deal for India. His victory gave India an unassailable 3-0 lead over England.

The second doubles team, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila clinched the fourth point by overcoming Rory Easton and Alex Green with scores of 21-17 and 21-19. Their victory further solidified India’s dominance in the match.

Kiran George made it 5-0 with another straight-game win as he defeated Cholan Kayan 21-18, 21-12. This victory not only confirmed India’s spot in the quarterfinals but also set up a highly anticipated match against Indonesia, which would decide the top position in Group C.

Both teams had already qualified for the knockouts from what was considered the ‘Group of Death’, adding an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming games. The top spot in Group C would be decided in a much-awaited match against Indonesia.

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