Given their formidable record, defending champions Indonesia have been the losing team in the competition, but the Indian men’s team has shown its prowess by beating the mighty Malaysia and Denmark in their first-ever final in a prestigious tournament.
It was a historic moment for the non-Heralded Indian team as despite the setbacks, he never lost confidence and showed the ideal mental fortitude to recover twice from the initial reversals to get to the top on his opponents.
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Going to the finals, India will try to prove that it has the ability to pull the rugs from under the feet of its imaginary rivals.
While Indonesia has struggled with an unbeaten record, India have lost just one match in the competition so far – against Chinese Taipei in the group stage.
If Indonesia knocked out China and Japan in the knockout stage, India would overtake five-time former champions Malaysia and 2016 winners Denmark.
Indian Men’s Poster Boys Badminton – Kidambi Srikanth And HS Pranoy – with an unbeaten record of five wins, while the country’s best doubles pair of Satviksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty Keep their hands up whenever the chips are down.
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The young duo of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Gowda Panjala proved to be a weak link but they did well during the defeats against Malaysia and Denmark.
Indian think-tank MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila are likely to return as the second doubles pair for the final.
Both have played two matches in round robin with one win and one loss.
World No. 9 Target Sen.The one who was low at the start of the tournament due to food poisoning, played well in the patch but could not give a positive start in the last two outings.
On Sunday, Sen is likely to face world No. 4 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and will draw inspiration from his last performance against the Indian Indonesian, which he easily broke in straight games at the German Open in March.
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Srikanth is expected to face world No. 8 Jonathan Christie, who is in red-hot form with a run-up to the title at the Swiss Open and the Korea Open and Badminton Asia Championships.
The Indian has a 4-5 record against Christie’s but has come into the match after losing two close matches against Indonesia this year and this time he will be scratching to set a straight record.
If the match goes on the wire, Pranav, who struggled with pain after twisting his ankle to take the team home, will be called back and is likely to cross the swords with world number 24 chaser Hiren Rustavito.
Pranoy, currently ranked 23rd in the world, has a 2-0 record against Indonesia but has not played as a young player in the last five years.
“We have a very balanced team, the doubles are contributing a lot. All the players have played exceptionally well and pulled matches from close range. So I think we have a 50-50 chance against Indonesia,” said former India coach Vimal. Kumar, who is with the team, told PTI.
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“The playing conditions here are very different, there is a lot of drift in the hall, so the players who adjust well have a better chance of success. That’s the key.
“There is also extra pressure on Indonesia, which is an advantage for us because we have nothing to lose. We are not under pressure like the Chinese, Indonesians or Danes and that helps,” he added.
Indonesia have some of the best doubles shuttlers in the competition, along with three players from the world’s top two pairs – Kevin Sanjay Sukamuljo, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
He also has the world number 7 combination of Fajr Alfian and Muhammad Ryan Ardianto and it will be a difficult task for India to participate in a doubles match.
Chirag and Satvik, however, beat Sukmuljo and Ahsan in the 2018 Asia Team Championship and with Danish legend Matthias Boe by their side, they will choose their chances.
“Indonesia have many choices in doubles with many players of the same level, so they can try different combinations. They are all experienced boys and they have performed well but I am optimistic,” Vimal said.