Kashyap Parupalli
Indian shuttler Kashyap Parupalli is hoping to win the final group match against Germany.Reuters

Already out of the reckoning for quarterfinal after losing the first two group matches against defending champions Malaysia and South Korea, India men's team would now be aiming to restore some pride by beating Germany in the final group tie of the Thomas Cup on Wednesday.

India relied heavily on the singles team to advance to the quarterfinals but India's top-two singles players K Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap failed to live upto the expectations.

Captain Kashyap managed to win the second singles against South Korea but Srikanth's losses against Malaysia and Korea led to India's downfall in the group stage.

Kashyap said beating Germany is not going to be easy as they feature good doubles players who have been consistent all through the season but stressed that the Indian team is aiming to end its Thomas Cup campaign on a positive note.

"Germany played well against Korea," Kashyap pointed out. "They have two good singles player in Marc Zwiebler and Dieter Domke. Marc has been consistent over the years to be inside the top 20. He has played here during IBL and Domke is also a good player. Doubles is obviously good.

"But we are very positive. I will be facing Domke and I have 100 per cent record against him. We will look to get on to a positive note against Germany."

RMV Gurusaidutt, who has been consistent in the whole tournament by winning both his singles matches, is confident that the team will bounce back against Germany in the final group tie.

"We will bounce back against Germany," Gurusaidutt said. "We won two matches against Korea and had a chance of clinching the tie. Germany's doubles team is also equal for us, so certainly we have a chance to beat them. I am all geared up to give my best."

Meanwhile, Germany's Marc said singles are a strong point for India so they are aiming to win both the doubles and one singles tie to win the tie.

"India has got three really really good singles," Marc said. "Their doubles are sort of weak point for India. So we hope to grab the two doubles and then win a single that would be the aim and dream."

Where to Watch Live

The day's play is scheduled for an 9:00 am IST (3:30 am GMT start), with live coverage on Star Sports 4 and Sport Sports HD 1 in India. The matches can be watched via live streaming option HERE, and can be live streamed by international viewers HERE.