Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (centre) pose for photos after winning the gold medal | PTI
Dubai: Following their historic Badminton Asia Championships triumph, the Indian men's doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty expressed happiness over their title win and expressed gratitude for support from all the sides.
The star Indian men's doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made history on Sunday by clinching the Badminton Asia Championships gold medal. It is India's second medal at the tournament after 1965 and their first in the men's doubles category.
After the match, Shetty stated as per Badminton Association of India (BAI) Media, "I am over the moon after winning the Badminton Asia Championships title. I and Satwik worked really hard for this medal and I am happy that we have finally won the title. Also, I would like to thank everyone back home for supporting me."
"I am grateful for all the support we have got during the Badminton Asia Championships. It's a great feeling to win this tournament for the first time and I am sure we will win more such titles in the future. We will continue to work hard to bring laurels to the country," concluded Rankireddy.
They defeated Ong Yew Sin-Teo Eo Yi, the Malaysian duo by 16-21, 21-17, 21-19. The India duo lost the first game. But they made a comeback worth remembering in the next two games to clinch the title.
They faced Tokyo Olympics champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin from Chinese Taipei in the semifinal match. The Indians won a competitive first game by 21-18. But they won the match after their opponents retired midway through the match due to an injury to Wang Chi-lin. The Indians took the match after a walkover. (ANI)