After an ankle injury, I was resolved not to give up, says HS Prannoy, who led India to the Thomas Cup final.

India wins Thomas Cup Final for first time in history by defeating Denmark 3-2 . HS Prannoy battled injury to record one of his career most memorable victories .

BANGKOK: During the dramatic victory over Denmark in the Thomas Cup semifinals, he battled injury to record one of his career's most memorable victories, and star Indian shuttler HS Prannoy said the drive to keep pushing him even more.Prannoy put a lion-hearted showing in the decisive singles game to put its name in history by winning the Thomas Cup Final for the first time on Friday night by defeating Denmark 3-2.Prannoy continued after taking a medical timeout to upset world number 13 Rasmus Gemke 13-21 21-9 21-12 to secure Indias historic victory despite sustaining the injury while returning on the front court.In my mind, a lot of things were going on.

I thought it was inevitable that I should not give up, but just try and see how it goes, as I did.I was hoping that the pain would not get worse, and it began to subside towards the second game, and by the third, I was feeling much better.The Indians had never reached the Thomas Cup semifinals before 1979, but they showed a tremendous fighting spirit on Friday to outlast the 2016 winners.Prannoy said that after the medical timeout, he wanted to keep up the pressure on his Danish opponent, and it worked in his favour.

I wanted to keep the pressure on, and I knew that if I go into the second half with a clear lead, I have a great chance to win the game.And, he said, I just told myself to push these 11 points as possible, and the strategy worked.Kidambi Srikanth of the World Championships and the world number 8 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept India afloat in the competition by winning when the match was tied at 2-2 before Prannoy was called upon to complete the arduous task.Rankireddy and Shetty both had a gritty showing to defeat Kim Astrup and Mathias Christiansen 21-18 21-23 22-20 to lift India level at 1-1 after Lakshya Sen lost 13-21 13-21 to world no.

When we were down in the third round, I thought we were done.We thankfully found our rhythm.On the sixth match point, I was uncertain what service I should do.Shetty said, 'Try the flick serve, lets see what theyve got.'

Two of our flick serves went out in the second game from the same side.On Sunday, India will face Indonesia, 14-time champions, in the title match.