Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the men’s doubles gold medal at the Asian Badminton Championships, ending a 58-year wait. The 2022 World Championships bronze medallist made a stunning comeback after losing the first game, beating Malaysia’s Ong Yu Sin and Teo E Yi 16-21, 21-17, 21-19. Earlier, Dinesh Khanna had won the gold for India in this championship, when he defeated Thailand’s Sangob Rattanusorn in the men’s singles final in Lucknow in 1965. Earlier, the best performance of the Indian men’s doubles team in this championship has been the bronze medal, which was won by Dipu Ghosh and Raman Ghosh in 1971
Earlier, the best performance of the Indian men’s doubles team in this championship was the bronze medal, which was won by Dipu Ghosh and Raman Ghosh in 1971. Satwik and Chirag, who won the Swiss Open Super 300 title in Basel, did not give up despite losing the first game and returned after trailing 7-13 in the second game and 11-15 in the third game. This is the pair’s second title of the season. She won five career titles at the Commonwealth Games and on the BWF Tour last year.
Satwik, 22, from Amalapuram and Chirag, 25, from Mumbai played very aggressively. The first game was equal, in which the Malaysian pair was heavy. In the second game too, the Malaysian pair took the lead. The Indian pair made a comeback after trailing 8-13. On Teo’s mistake, Satwik changed the course of the match by putting a tremendous smash on the backhand.
The Indian pair won the match on Chirag’s smash on the backhand.
The Indian pair took an 18-15 lead. After this, he dragged the match into the decisive game by taking three points. The technical skills of the Malaysian pair in the deciding game were praiseworthy, who also made an 11-8 lead. The Indian pair made the difference 14-15 and then went ahead 17-16. The Indian pair won the match on Chirag’s smash on the backhand.