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IAS officer can’t digest Thomas Cup win, condemned

India's cricket veteran and spinner Amit Mishra did not find the humour in good taste and slammed the IAS officer, calling his reaction 'distasteful' and 'insulting'

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IAS officer can't digest Thomas Cup win, condemned

Soon after India’s remarkable feat of winning the Thomas Cup (badminton trophy) in Bangkok, the venue of the tournament, while wishes started pouring in for the clinical display by the Indian unit, the reaction from an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who tried to add some humour to his tweet, didn’t go well with the fans.

India’s cricket veteran and spinner Amit Mishra did not find the humour in good taste and slammed the IAS officer, calling his reaction “distasteful” and “insulting”.

The Indian men’s badminton team etched their names in the history books, becoming the first unit to clinch the prestigious Thomas and Uber Cup title yesterday, which IAS Somesh Upadhyay found unbelievable. In the summit clash against 14-time winners Indonesia, the shuttlers dazzled with their domineering performance as India closed the five-round clash inside three.

Lakshya Sen, who kicked off the show, came from behind after dropping the first game against world number five Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, winning the singles match 8-21 21-17 21-16.

The win was followed by another superb display by the pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who defeated Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 18-21 23-21 21-19.

The third encounter, which saw India take an unassailable 3-0 advantage, witnessed another inspiring show as Kidambi Srikanth defeated Asian Games medallist Jonatan Christie in straight games. He closed the match in less than an hour, winning it 21-15 23-21.

Meanwhile, a cash reward of Rs 1 crore was announced by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for the Indian men’s badminton team. Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma also announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for the winning squad. The BAI official also announced an award of Rs 20 lakh for the support staff.

Thomas Cup was one title that had evaded the Indian men’s badminton side for the longest time, but that ended on Sunday as India defeated Indonesia in the to clinch the medal. As soon as, the point was won by Kidambi Srikanth, tributes started pouring in on Twitter and Air India was among the ones to congratulate the men’s badminton team on making history.

Not every recipient of the news reacted negatively, as the IAS officer above did. Air India‘s handle tweeted (edited), “Congratulations to the Indian Men’s Badminton Team for winning the Thomas Cup 2022, beating 14-times champion Indonesia today. This victory will give wings to the dreams of all young sportspersons in our country. What a proud moment!”

To this tweet, the men’s doubles player, Chirag Shetty replied that he hopes to get a charter plane for travelling back to the country. “Hope we can get a charter plane back,” he tweeted.

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