Indonesian men’s team ends Thomas Cup by coming out as runner up. However, Anthony Ginting et al still received appreciation and evaluation.
Red-White squad defeated by India in final Thomas Cup 2022, Sunday (15/5) with a landslide score of 0-3. Ginting was defeated by Lakshya Sen, 21-8, 17-21, 16-21. Then Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo/Mohammad Ahsan were defeated by Chirag Shetty/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, 21-18, 21-23, 19-21, and Jonatan Christie was also stopped by Kidambi Srikanth, 15-21, 21-23.
Despite losing, Men’s Singles Coach Irwansyah said the players had fought extraordinary with their best performance.
“I am proud and salute their struggle. From the initial round to the final, we have brought out all the best we have. We are not lucky enough to win here again,” said Irwansyah in a PBSI release, Monday (16/5/2022).
Irwansyah also said that there were still positive things to be learned from the trip Thomas Cup which ended yesterday. One of them, Ginting’s performance is getting better and better.
As is known, Anthony is often relied on as the first single. But of the six matches he played, four of them lost. Three defeats were obtained in the preliminary round, then the remaining one in the final.
“This is something to be grateful for. Ginting’s performance is getting better day by day. His confidence is also increasing. This is very good for looking at the championships in the future,” said Irwansyah.
In the future, as a maturation process, Irwansyah will continue to encourage back-up players such as Syabda Perkasa Belawa and Tegar Sulistio to be matured. They will be sent even more to international championships.
Syabda himself had the opportunity to appear as a determinant in the preliminary round match between Indonesia and South Korea after the Fajar Alfian / Muhammad Rian Ardianto doubles managed to equalize the position to 2-2. Syabda then managed to beat South Korean representative Yun Gyu Lee through a duel of three games 21-14, 11-21, 21-16 in 68 minutes.
“The players in the future will be given more opportunities to appear in international championships. This is part of the regeneration process,” said Irwansyah.