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HS Prannoy: ‘After loss to Chinese Taipei in Thomas Cup, we decided that it was now or never for us’
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HS Prannoy: ‘After loss to Chinese Taipei in Thomas Cup, we decided that it was now or never for us’

HS Prannoy, ranked 23 in the world, initially did not fit in the scheme of things as BAI (Badminton Association of India) had announced that only players in the top 15 world rankings will be selected automatically for the Thomas Cup badminton team

Thomas Cup: 'It's coming home', how a Whatsapp group strengthened ties within the victorious Indian team
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Thomas Cup: 'It's coming home', how a Whatsapp group strengthened ties within the victorious Indian team

The title of the iconic song that has long been associated with English football was what ace shuttler HS Prannoy chose as the name for the Whatsapp group comprising the Indian Thomas Cup team.

Thomas Cup: Will take time before the feeling sinks in, says Kidambi Srikanth after historic triumph
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Thomas Cup: Will take time before the feeling sinks in, says Kidambi Srikanth after historic triumph

The team’s senior-most player and former World No. 1 Srikanth then sealed maiden Thomas Cup for India with a straight-game win against an in-form Jonatan Christie 21-15, 23-21.

Thomas Cup 2022: I was determined not to give up after ankle injury, says HS Prannoy on historic win
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Thomas Cup 2022: I was determined not to give up after ankle injury, says HS Prannoy on historic win

Prannoy slipped and injured himself during Thomas Cup semifinal's decisive tie only to upset world number 13 Rasmus Gemke 13-21, 21-9, 21-12 to take India into their maiden final in the tournament.

Thomas Cup: HS Prannoy wins decisive contest, India through to their first final
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Thomas Cup: HS Prannoy wins decisive contest, India through to their first final

With the match tied at 2-2, HS Prannoy defeated Rasmus Gemke in the decider to give the Indian team a historic victory over the 2016 champions.

Watch: India's winning moments after historic Thomas Cup win
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Watch: India's winning moments after historic Thomas Cup win

Indian men's badminton team defeated Malaysia 3-2 to reach their first Thomas Cup semi-final in 43 years.

Thomas & Uber Cup: India men's team start with resounding 5-0 win over Germany
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Thomas & Uber Cup: India men's team start with resounding 5-0 win over Germany

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen started the proceeding with an easy 21-16 21-13 win over world no 64 Max Weisskirchen

Badminton Asia Championships: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen eye medals; HS Prannoy pulls out due to injury
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Badminton Asia Championships: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen eye medals; HS Prannoy pulls out due to injury

A lot of hope will ride on Sen and Sindhu as the duo has been in good form in the run-up to the continent championships, which is returning after a gap of two years due to COVID-19

Badminton Asia Championships: HS Prannoy withdraws from tournament citing injury
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Badminton Asia Championships: HS Prannoy withdraws from tournament citing injury

He confirmed the same in a Twitter post adding that he was looking forward to join the Indian squad for the Thomas and Uber Cup finals slated for May.

HS Prannoy gains three spots to be world number 23 in latest BWF ranking
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HS Prannoy gains three spots to be world number 23 in latest BWF ranking

Riding on his runners-up finish at the Swiss Open, India's HS Prannoy jumped three places to number 23 in the latest BWF rankings, released on Tuesday.

Swiss Open: PV Sindhu clinches women's singles title, HS Prannoy finishes runner-up in men's singles
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Swiss Open: PV Sindhu clinches women's singles title, HS Prannoy finishes runner-up in men's singles

Sindhu clinched her second singles title of the season with a straight game win over Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan but Prannoy went down fighting in the final at the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament

Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy storm into singles final, Kidambi Srikanth bows out
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Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy storm into singles final, Kidambi Srikanth bows out

PV Sindhu will face another Thai player Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the summit clash, while HS Prannoy will take on Indonesia's Jonatan Christie in the men's singles final, on Sunday.

Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy storm into semi-finals with straight-game wins
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Swiss Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy storm into semi-finals with straight-game wins

While Sindhu made short work of fifth seed Michelle Li 21-10 21-19, Prannoy beat compatriot Parupalli Kashyap 21-16 21-16

Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth makes winning start; Chirag-Satwiksairaj pair stun All England champions
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Swiss Open: Kidambi Srikanth makes winning start; Chirag-Satwiksairaj pair stun All England champions

Srikanth defeated Mads Christophersen in straight games in the men's singles opening round. The Indian beat the Danish player 21-16, 21-17 in a match lasting 32 minutes.

All England Open 2022: Lakshya Sen faces primary hurdle in weight of expectations after fine run of form
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All England Open 2022: Lakshya Sen faces primary hurdle in weight of expectations after fine run of form

Indian badminton fans would also hope that the likes of PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth find the missing consistency while Satwik-Chirag and Prannoy live up to their potential.

German Open: Srikanth, Prannoy enter quarter-finals; Sindhu, Saina crash out
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German Open: Srikanth, Prannoy enter quarter-finals; Sindhu, Saina crash out

Srikanth, a former world no 1 and seeded eighth here, prevailed 21-16 21-23 21-18 over China's Lu Guang Zu in a second round match.

Syed Modi International 2022: PV Sindhu enters semis; HS Prannoy crashes out after defeat in last eight
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Syed Modi International 2022: PV Sindhu enters semis; HS Prannoy crashes out after defeat in last eight

The fifth-seeded Indian, a former top 10 player, lost 19-21, 16-21 to his French opponent in a 59-minute quarter-final match.

Syed Modi International 2022: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy enter quarter-finals
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Syed Modi International 2022: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy enter quarter-finals

Sindhu hardly broke any sweat but Prannoy had to toil hard as the two Indian shuttlers progressed to the women's and men's singles quarterfinals on Thursday.

Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy breezes into 2nd round; Sourabh Verma suffers shock defeat
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Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy breezes into 2nd round; Sourabh Verma suffers shock defeat

Prannoy took just 36 minutes to get the better of Ukraine's Danylo Bosniuk 21-14 21-18 in his opening match.

Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy enters second round; Sameer Verma retires hurt
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Syed Modi International 2022: HS Prannoy enters second round; Sameer Verma retires hurt

Prannoy entered the second round of the men's singles competition at the tournament after registering a straight-game win over Ukraine's Danylo Bosniuk on Tuesday.