We can come back with medal from Thomas Cup: Sai Praneeth

NEW DELHI: India might be fielding a young group at the prestigious Thomas Cup Final, however B Sai Praneeth believes they have the firepower not to most effective achieve the knockout stage, but additionally return with a medal.

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India didn't make it to the knockout stage within the last three editions. The last time they played the quarterfinals was in 2010 at Malaysia.

However, international no 18 Praneeth believes this younger Indian group can damage that jinx when it competes within the match at Bangkok, beginning 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 said.

India were clubbed with Australia, France and heavyweights China in Group A.

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"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 quarterfinals. Last two times we were seeded in 9/16, so we had to play two tough teams in the group but this time we are in top 8 so we got a better draw to qualify for the quarterfinal," said Praneeth.

The 25-year-old from Hyderabad, who had clinched his maiden Super Series title at Singapore Open last yr, said the group is interested by beating France on the opening day.

"So we have to surely beat France, they are not an easy team. Brice Leverdez and Lucas Corvee are good and we can't take them for guaranteed. If we beat France we are through to quarterfinal and then we can sit and strategies and if we get a good team such as Indonesia or Korea, we have good chance in singles," he said.

World No 9 HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma and younger Lakshya Sen will lead the problem within the singles, whilst national champions doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and younger combo Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok can have the accountability of secure wins in doubles.

Praneeth said: "Prannoy has overwhelmed Korea's Son Wan Ho, Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen, so we've got an excellent chance. But now the focus is to first achieve the quarterfinals.

"We should win one doubles additionally. Manu and Sumeeth can win one of the most match. They reached the semifinals at Australia, so their self belief may be high. Arjun and Shlok additionally did neatly, they are able to be a surprise component."

Praneeth said the focus would be on successful the singles as below pressure the rest is imaginable.

"Any group, China or Malaysia or Indonesia and Korea is the same as us since we've got three excellent singles. If we can win the first singles, we can have our probabilities because this can be a group event there would be pressure and top avid gamers can also lose their matches, so the rest can happen," he said.

Praneeth, who reached the quarters and semifinals at New Zealand and Australia Open within the last two weeks, said he is satisfied with his recreation.

"I am pleased with my performance. I played neatly. I will have received the two tournaments. I had sufficient time to coach this time so I may just play two back to back tournaments. Game wise there was no problem. I will have received however I lost. I am ok, now not fearful about my recreation," he said.

Talking about his schedule forward, he said: "There might be one month damage after Thomas Cup after which there might be Indonesia and Malaysia in June last week. Then we've got the World championship and Asian Games."


BWF will hang its AGM to make a decision the adjustments in its laws, which incorporates introducing a 11x5 point device and a new carrier rule.


Praneeth said no matter be the verdict, shuttlers should be given sufficient time to get used to the new laws.


"Let's see how it goes. Everybody is ready for the 11-point device however I'm hoping people should have sufficient time to organize for the structure if they enforce. Given the tough schedule, we can haven't any time to organize for the new chance if they enforce instantly," he said.


"BWF attempted the carrier rule in German Open and All England. Now one umpire is giving fault, whilst other is not. So I don't know what will happen. I guess there's a want to properly teach the umpires or a minimum of have a problem possibility for the avid gamers at a very powerful instances like video referral," he signed off.
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