After a successful PBL season, the Indian men’s team have started the Badminton Asia Team Championships today, which will conclude on February 16. This biennial event is crucial for the Indian team as it acts as an Asian qualifier for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tournaments. The top four teams will qualify for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup respectively. 

Most importantly, the points earned at the championship will be beneficial for the qualification process for the Tokyo Olympics. 

India lies in Group B of the Championship along with Kazakhstan and Malaysia. The top two teams from the group will qualify for the knockouts in Quarter finals, semi-finals, and finals.

The Indian team started the Badminton Asia Team Championship with a 4-1 win against Kazakhstan today in Manila at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Philippines. The team won all the matches except one men’s doubles match. With this win, India has a strong chance of qualifying for the knockouts.

Head to Head Results

Former World no. 1, Srikanth Kidambi took down Dmitriy PANARIN in straight games (21-10,21-7) in just 23 minutes, followed by a straight victory by former Junior World no. 1, Lakshya Sen against Artur NIYAZOV in 21 minutes. 

Subhankar Dey put down Khaitmurat KULMATOV in straight games (21-13,21-8) in 26 minutes. The only defeat that the team faced was the loss of the experienced duo of H.S. Prannoy and Chirag Shetty against Niyazov and Panarin in three games (18-21, 21-16, 21- 19) with 42 minutes of play. 

The other doubles pair, M.R. Arjun and Dhruv Kapila convincingly defeated Khaitmurat Kulmatov and Nikita Bragin (21-14, 21-8) in just 20 minutes.       


What’s next?

After a strong win against Kazakhstan, India must be ready to face the brilliant Malaysian team. As India falls under Group B along with Kazakhstan and Malaysia, they will play next against Malaysia on February 13.

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