Asian Games 2023 Badminton Team Finals Highlights: India win historic men’s team silver; South Korea, China take team gold
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A historic achievement for the Indian men’s badminton team at the Asian Games 2023. They secured a silver medal by defeating South Korea 3-2 in the semifinal, marking the first time that an Indian Badminton team has reached the final of the Asian Games.
This momentous victory ends a 37-year wait for a team medal in men’s badminton at the Asian Games. The last time India achieved such a feat was back in 1986, with Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi winning a Bronze in Seoul.
It’s worth noting that this is only the second time India has secured a silver medal in badminton at the Asian Games, with the previous instance occurring in Jakarta in 2018 when PV Sindhu finished as the runner-up in the women’s singles event. This achievement highlights the remarkable progress and success of Indian badminton on the international stage.
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The semifinal match between India and South Korea was an intense battle that unfolded in a nail-biting fashion. HS Prannoy’s victory in the men’s singles gave India an initial lead, but the World No. 3 pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty faced defeat, leaving the score at 1-1.
Lakshya Sen then stepped up to regain the lead for India with a straightforward victory. However, the equilibrium was restored when the men’s doubles team of Dhruv Kapila and Arjun Ramachandran suffered a straight-game loss. The deciding match between former World No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth and World No. 163 Geonyeop Cho took a tense turn as Srikanth lost the first game.
It appeared that India was in a precarious position, but Srikanth displayed remarkable character by winning the second game. In a fiercely contested battle, Srikanth emerged victorious, turning the tide in India’s favor. This thrilling victory has set up a grand finale with hosts China, as the Indian men’s badminton team looks to create history in the Asian Games.