India look up to star players for good show at Thomas and Uber Cup Finals

Aarhus, Oct 08 (PTI): India will look up to their star players, including Saina Nehwal and men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, to quickly recover from the Sudirman Cup drubbing and produce a better show at the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals beginning here on Saturday.
With their stars missing and senior players out of form, India cut a sorry figure at the Sudirman Cup mixed team championships in Vantaa, Finaland as they lost to China and Thailand to be knocked out of the tournament last week.
However, with Saina and Chirag and Satwik back in the team, India will look to forget the Sudirman Cup disappointment and produce a strong performance in the men’s and women’s team events, where 16 top teams from five continents battle for a week. In the Thomas Cup, the Indian team has been placed in Group C alongside China, Netherlands and Tahiti, while the women’s team has been drawn alongside Thailand, Spain and Scotland in Group B of Uber Cup.
While the men’s team will open against Netherlands, women’s side will face Spain in their tournament opener.
The 10-member men’s team comprises four singles players and three doubles pairs.
Alongside B Sai Praneeth and former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and Kiran George are also in the team, while 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 due to an abdominal muscle pull, believes India has a chance of winning a medal.
“Looking at the draw, we should reach the quarterfinal first and then step up our game to go for medal. I feel India has a chance,” he said.
The Indian men’s team has not reached the knockout stage in the last 11 years but the side will fancy their chances this time.
While Chirag and Satwik are expected to carry the team on their young shoulders, the lack of form of senior members such as Srikanth and Praneeth is a case of worry.

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