‘We can come back with medal from Thomas Cup’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2018 10:52:31




INDIA will be fielding a young team at the prestigious Thomas Cup Final, but B Sai Praneeth believes they have the firepower to not only reach the knockout stage, but also return with a medal. India didn’t make it to the knockout stage in the last three editions. The last time they played the quarterfinals was in 2010 at Malaysia. However, world no 18 Praneeth believes this young Indian team can break that jinx when it competes in the tournament at Bangkok, starting on Sunday.

“Competition is tough. All teams are tough. If we could have gone with a full strength team with Srikanth and Satwik-Chirag, we had a very good chance to winning Thomas Cup this time. But even now we have a good young team and we can come back with a medal,” Praneeth told PTI. India have been clubbed with Australia, France and heavyweights China in Group A.“The draw is okay this time. We have China and France in our group and we have to win against France to make it to the quarter-finals.