India will look as much as their star gamers, together with Saina Nehwal and males’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, to shortly recuperate from the Sudirman Cup drubbing and produce a greater present on the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals starting right here on Saturday. With their stars lacking and senior gamers out of shape, India reduce a sorry determine on the Sudirman Cup combined workforce championships in Vantaa, Finaland as they misplaced to China and Thailand to be knocked out of the match final week.
Nevertheless, with Saina and Chirag and Satwik again within the workforce, India will look to overlook the Sudirman Cup disappointment and produce a robust efficiency within the males’s and girls’s workforce occasions, the place 16 prime groups from 5 continents battle for per week. Within the Thomas Cup, the Indian workforce has been positioned in Group C alongside China, Netherlands and Tahiti, whereas the ladies’s workforce has been drawn alongside Thailand, Spain and Scotland in Group B of Uber Cup.
Whereas the lads’s workforce will open towards Netherlands, girls’s facet will face Spain of their match opener. The ten-member males’s workforce contains 4 singles gamers and three doubles pairs.
Alongside B Sai Praneeth and former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and Kiran George are additionally within the workforce, whereas the doubles have world No. 10 pair Chirag and Satwik, Dhruv kapila and MR Arjun and Krishna Prasad and Vishnu Vardhan. Chirag, who had missed the Sudirman Cup as a result of an stomach muscle pull, believes India has an opportunity of profitable a medal.
“Trying on the draw, we must always attain the quarterfinal first after which step up our recreation to go for medal. I really feel India has an opportunity,” he mentioned. The Indian males’s workforce has not reached the knockout stage within the final 11 years however the facet will fancy their probabilities this time.
Whereas Chirag and Satwik are anticipated to hold the workforce on their younger shoulders, the shortage of type of senior members akin to Srikanth and Praneeth is a case of fear. The duo would look to get some confidence again after they tackle Netherlands first-up forward of their subsequent match towards the mighty China, which will probably be adopted by a conflict towards lower-ranked Tahiti.
The ladies’s workforce has received bronze twice within the match within the 2014 and 2016 editions however getting a medal will probably be more durable this time, particularly with out the companies of double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu, who had excused herself following a busy Tokyo Video games marketing campaign. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who missed the reduce for Tokyo, must do the heavy lifting, whereas kids Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt and Tasnim Mir may also look to place up an excellent present.
Within the doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are the senior gamers and the onus will probably be on them to ship the products and information the younger pairs of Tanisha Crasto and Rutuparna Panda, who claimed the highest spot within the trials, and Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly. The ladies’s workforce will fancy its probabilities towards Spain, who can be with out the companies of 2016 Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin, and Scotland, who has one formidable participant in Kristy Gilmour, to enter the knockout stage. The biennial occasion was rescheduled twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.