Sporting Life: A bond, belief and patience take India to Thomas Cup history

India's team celebrate after winning the Thomas Cup in Nonthaburi, Thailand, on May 15, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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Six matches in eight days. A prime minister on the phone to him. Voice lost from shouting for his teammates. TV stations calling. Instagram going berserk. History is a lovely but tiring business.

On a Zoom call yesterday from Bangkok, wearing his holy-man beard, India's Kidambi Srikanth looks zen. On Sunday on court he was roaring as he won the final point that gave India a first Thomas Cup and allowed his nation to scream in delight. History is also loud.

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